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Mar 18, 2008 09:12 AM

Fun/Inexpensive in Midtown (East or West)?

Am looking for a fun, interesting and inexpensive restaurant for dinner tonight with a friend who is visiting from London. I don't have the energy to venture downtown, otherwise would go to Caracas Arepa Bar, maybe try Momofuko, etc. The restaurant can be anywhere from Midtown East over to Hells Kitchen and up to Lincoln Center. I'm drawing a blank! Thanks!

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  1. Midtown West is easier for inexpensive and fun. Assuming you're open to cuisines your best bet would be El Centro or Whym.

    1. Since you mentioned Momofuku, I assume you are open to Asian food, and a fun place to visit is Yakitori Totto in Midtown West. Not sure if yakitori is common in London, but regardless it is a lot of fun to enjoy freshly grilled chicken skewers. Depending on how adventurous your friend is, try the chicken butt, chicken skin, or hiza nankotsu chicken knee bones (my favorite!) Their tori-don (chicken rice bowl with raw egg) is delicious!

      Yakitori Totto
      251 W 55th St (btwn 8th Ave & Bway), 2nd Floor

      You can also try Sakagura and indulge yourself in a wide selection of sake and Japanese izakaya fares. A decor itself is worth a trip!

      211 E 43rd St #B1 (Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave)

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      1. re: kobetobiko

        Actually that also reminds me of Gyu-Kaku, a DIY Korean barbecue on 3rd Ave. With a little soju and an array of meats, it's definitely a good time.

        1. re: kobetobiko

          We went to Yakitori Totto last night and loved it! Thank you so much for the recommendation. We had all of your suggestions except the butt, forgot to order it! I will definitely go back! Thanks again!

          1. re: comidaqueen

            Hi comidaqueen,

            Glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinner at Totto. It is one of my favorite izakayas in Midtown. I only wish their line is shorter so I don't have to wait that long!

            Their sister restaurant, Aburiya Kinnosuke in Midtown East, specializes in robata grill, seafood (great fish), and some Japanese comfort food - definitely worth a visit!