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Aug 2, 2006 03:47 AM

Best tempura in NYC?

I recently had the absolute best tempura ever on a recent trip to Kyoto, Japan. Now that I am back home in NYC, I am craving it again. I want to find the best tempura NYC has to offer. Any suggestions/

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  1. Uhh...
    I am from Japan, and while you can get pretty decent sushi here in NY,
    I have not had any good tempuras yet in NYC - not even a 'soso' one...
    I don't think you will find anything that's even close to what you had in Kyoto,
    but if anyone knows of any places that serve good tempuras, I would love to hear it as well!

    1. I agree with Muffin. The best tempura I've had in NYC is homemade..

      1. I've never been to the branch here in NYC, but Inagiku is well known as a tempura destination in Tokyo. The local branch is in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

        1. I haven't been, but I know some Japanese salespeople who have had the omakase tempura at Restaurant Nippon on 52nd St (on the client's expense). They've remarked that it's probably the best version of tempura in NYC, but still not a real match for the quality places in Japan. Not cheap either.

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          1. re: E Eto

            Here's a post I remembered from Aki with a remark about a tempura master at Sapporo East. I'm not sure if it's still relevant after all this time, but if it is, I'd certainly like to know.

          2. Mom's Japanese, she still lives there. The best I've had is the Boton Sweet Shrimp Tempura Appetizer at Sapporo East at 1st Ave & 10th Street. You get 3 of the sweetest shrimp for $7.50 or $8.00. I usually get 2 orders & my favorite japanese comfort dish of chicken katsucurry w/side of Oshitoshi to spread out over the rice. The prices can't be beat as the curry entree is $8.50 or $9.00 & the portions are huge. But I digress. They also have regular shrimp tempura which somewhat resembles what Mom used to make growing up but the Boton Shrimp appetizer is fantastic...