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Where can I find yummy bento boxes?

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I want some great lunch options, so where can I find a place that sells great bento boxes, either for takeout or sit-in? I'm on a hunt, so any locale works.

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  1. I can't remember the name of the place but its on the southwest corner of Greenwich Avenue and Sixth Avenue right by Cohen's Optical. The Bento Boxes are excellent and very reasonably priced too.

    1. Win 49 on Allen and Houston. Cheap, customizable and yummy!

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      1. re: eeee

        Win 49, while amazing, no longer exists.....

      2. For delivery, I like Chiyoda sushi's bento boxes. The portions are smaller, and you have to call in by 11:00am...

        1. For sitting in, Takashamiya Department Store on 5th Avenue has bento box specials in their small cafe in the basement.

          Katagiri Japanese Grocery Store on 59th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues has some great sushi and takeout bento boxes in their refrigerated section. They also have a small, hot food section inside the grocery store. All of this is in the front part of the market, near the entrance. Very fresh and affordable. Go early during lunch before the selection runs out.

          Katsu Hama at 11 East 47th Street (5th and Madison) has a takeout section in front and a restaurant in the back. They have a pretty good sushi and bento box selection, mostly of tonkatsu bentos which is what they are known for.

          1. There is a mini Japanese row on 41st Street between 5th & Madison. There are three different places, one of them is a lunch take out cum Japanese grocery store. The other two have sit-down service with waiter, and self-service sections which include bento boxes for lunch.

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            1. re: maria_nyc

              I like Yagura best on this street. It is closest to Mad. Ave. and serves lots of different hot dishes and some sides but not what I would call a bento box which has more variety. Their sides consist of some noodles, 1 piece of broccoli, 1 piece of carrot and some bean sprouts. They also have pre-packaged sushi and sushi rolls in the front.

              1. While not Japanese, the korean lunchboxes at woorjip (between broadway and 5th at 32nd street) are pretty good and usually change daily.
                Some of their regular items are bibimbop, sauteed squid or beef on rice (plain or with veggies) usually served with a rolled omelette, kimchee and/or a korean pancake.
                They also have the ten-ren tea that I am getting addicted to- try the genmaicha (green tea with toasted rice).

                1. Does anyone know where to BUY the bento box (without food in it) in NYC (like an address/store)?

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                  1. re: absolutelyboredx

                    probably try pearl river market, down on broaway, below spring i think, can't remember exact streets.

                    1. re: absolutelyboredx

                      You can get bento box at Sunrist Mart (the back of the store where they keep the pots and bowls and stuff). The home accessory store of Katagiri (right next to their food store) also has it.

                    2. For traditional Japanese bento box - Inagiku and Hatsuhana in Midtown (dine-in or takeout); Takashamiya Tea store (sit-in) bento box and Chiyoda bento boxes at Katagiri (take out) as mentioned by other hounds

                      For slightly fusion Japanese - Morimoto
                      For Asian fusion - SAPA

                      1. Just found that the Japanese restaurant Hakubai at Kitano hotel is also offering a lunch bento box