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Feb 28, 2008 12:14 PM

Home Style Japanese cooking near St. Marks

I can't find or remember this home style cooking restaurant near St Marks. It's a small place with a long communal table in the middle ( I think). Does anyone know what I'm talking about?

On another note, what other home styled Japanese cooking places are there in the area?


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  1. That's "Chiyono" on 6th St. "Natori", on St. M's between 1st & 2nd, is another decent homestyle place.

    11 Replies
    1. re: Silverjay

      Thanks, I've been to both. Chiyono was the name that eluded me. Thanks again!

      Any other suggestions you have for that area for cooked Japanese food?

      1. re: eatfood

        "Uninoie" on 3rd, btw 1st and 2nd I think, is better for shochu drinking than eating. But they cook small dishes. It's hit or miss. DId I mention they serve shochu? Usually a second or third stop in the night for me rather than a destination. I don't consider the area chow-worthy in terms of inexpensive Japanese food....Well, maybe a few places...

          1. re: kobetobiko

            Good catch! You know I knew what I meant!..."Sea Urchin House" could be a new concept too though...

          2. re: Silverjay

            hi Jay!...(i've based myself in Shanghai, but still check in on Manhattan and other boards)...

            i agree that Uminoie is hit or miss foodwise...the fried small whitefish is great when they have it as a special and burdock root salad, etc are sometimes good...but i've had some very mediocre dishes too...but for shochu w/ a little snack, it's perfect, and also is a good place for a 2nd or 3rd stop on a date...

            1. re: Simon

              Good to hear from you....I kind of like the noodles she gets from her father. They're pretty good too.

              1. re: Silverjay

                What's your take on Natori? Any recommended dishes?
                The wife and I have passed by hundreds of times, always on the way to somewhere else, yet always curious.

                1. re: Polecat

                  Hey P-Cat, I ordered from the specials menu. Can't recall the exact dishes, but only that I was satisfied. I've heard others speak well of here also. But it's not destination dining unless you're a homesick Nihonjin...No liquor license, so no shochu either. Same as Chiyono.

                  1. re: Silverjay

                    Thanks, Jay. Sounds good. Will eventually try the place, but, since I'm heading to Japan in about six weeks anyway, will hold off.

                    1. re: Silverjay

                      heya...Natori serves shochu, but it's not on the menu...nothing interesting: just some standard cheap mugi shochu...

                      Foodwise, the unagi/avocado salad or the maguro/avocado salad is a great bargain...and the gesso karaage (fried squid legs) is yummy...i agree: not a destination place at all...but a reliable affordable mellow joint...

                      1. re: Simon

                        Ahh, thanks for the clarification and the recs, though, I"m not sure that anything with avocado qualifies as Japanese "homestyle" cooking.

        1. Kasadela. haven't been in a long time, but i always used to enjoy it. particularly their tempura shitake.