Versatile Williamsburg izakaya serving up robata, yakitori, and sushi, with the occasional live bossa nova soundtrack. Intimate booths and social bar, plus petite outdoor space. Underrated sushi is... read more
Yeah, we’ve had ramen infatuations before—Setagaya, Minca, Momofuku. This time, though, it’s forever. Ramen King Shigemi Kawahara brings super-authentic, super-addictive pork broths to the E.V. Get... read more
Sure, it's a Japanese sushi joint, with all the quiet restrained service and such, but the Japanese are eating pig's feet (tonsoku), just like your country cousins. Only get this: when you eat &lsq... read more
Japanese soup star making first play for U.S. market. Salt-pork bowls are homier than Ippudo’s, more authentic than Momofuku’s. Broth made fresh daily with clams, scallops, lemon peel, ... read more
Local sushi spot with a worldly menu. Sip your miso right from the bowl, like they do in Japan, and enjoy creamy homemade tofu, served warm or cold, from a glass jar. Nicer atmo than your average ... read more
Understated space with outstanding fish. Masato Shimizu behind the sushi bar, Jewel Bako lineage clear from creative takes on the raw. For the cooked, don't miss squid ink risotto with sea urchin, ... read more
Homesick Tokyo native opens a traditional izakaya, creates temple to dining in peace and privacy. Three-floor labyrinth of lantern-lit hallways leads to mahogany booths separated by bamboo curtains... read more
Fish flown in from Tsukiji Market arrives on your plate with edible gold leaves. Forget edamame, garlic shrimp and eggplant miso start you off right. Some of the best sushi in Brooklyn. Cooked e... read more
Nobu iron chef Masaharu Morimoto's Chelsea Market extravaganza. Architect Tadao Ando's interior is an ultra-modern stunner. Fusion fun with Japanese bouillabaisse, lamb carpaccio, and yellowtail pa... read more
Straight out of Gifu, chef Ariki Omae, late of Nobu and Morimoto, keeps the Chelsea masses happy. Mostly classic sushi, with the occasional fusiony touch. We're loving on ceviche with aji citrus so... read more
Fire-grilled goodness in midtown. Japanese expats hit up this robata-yaki for superior homemade tofu, chicken mini-meatloaf, and beef pot-au-feu. Glowing ember pyramid gets those skewers roasting. ... read more
L.A.’s answer to Nobu comes to NYC. “Signature dishes” like hamachi fusion, yellowtail and jalapeño, and miso black cod pretty much lifted straight from Chef Matsuhisa. Top... read more
Just like the downtown Nobu, except on steroids. And powerful hallucinogens. David Rockwell-designed duplex goes for baroque. Ridiculously opulent space attracts flocks of chatty singles sipping ma... read more
As long as Azuki keeps offering two glasses of wine or two mini bottles of sake for every $15 spent per person, they will be forever popular. And they are. Long lines are de rigueur, and for such a... read more
"Rustic," communal, Japanese-style home cooking. If you're looking for something other than the standard sushi, offers exciting traditional menu. Extensive tofu selections prepared fresh five times... read more
Koji Imai's dramatic, bi-level zen-modern fortress. Celebs fend off autographs in cushy booths, mesmerized by the life-size ice Buddha melting into a pool of rose petals. Somewhat confusing menu yi... read more
Oms/b, OMG! Total rice ball awesomeness makes us want to move to Tokyo and get obsessed with schoolgirl uniforms or something. Big front counter stacked with snack-sized tuna balls, shrimps with gr... read more
Will do spider and dragon rolls, but more for the purist. Fresh fish, expertly cut. A la carte menu runs down orange clams, horse mackerel, amberjack, glorious uni. Chef’s choice always a goo... read more
TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Japanese seen through the looking glass. Tartare apps are like buttah, and the chicken Kinoko is stuffed with more exotic fungi than your average high school locker room. Lychee... read more
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