Where to find the best authentic Japanese (NOT sushi) in Manhattan?
I used to live in Japan, and I am craving real, fun Japanese food.
Off the top of my head:
Soba-ya for Soba/Udon
Ippudo.. you probably know what that's for (for readers, "pork-soup" ramen)
9th btw 3rd and 2nd has a Takoyaki stand, also has that sobaya restaurant, a shabu shabu, and a sake bar also.
on 8th street (saint marks) between 3rd and 2nd, a restaurant called "Go" has solid okonomiyaki. That street has a bunch of other places for japanese stuff, yakitori and typical japanese finger foods, at night they're popular places for japanese and "gaijin" alike
If you were looking for upscale:
Matsugen = has a lot of variety.. shabu-shabu, soba, tempura, sushi/sashimi, and more... though it's expensive.
hope that helps! =)
have not been to soba koh, but many think their noodles better, though the menu is more limited soba wise
menkui tei is supposed to be good, i haven't been
i really like tatany 72 for non-sushi japanese in a neighborhoody sort of place
for upscale try matsuri
For excellent seasonal cuisine and the best Nihon-shu selection in the city fun: Sakagura
For upscale yakitori fun: Yakitori Totto
For sashimi and robatayaki fun: Aburiya Kinnosuke
For grill your own fun: Gyukaku
For watch a ballgame and get blitzkrieged in a nigiyaka environment at a reasonable price fun: Izakaya Hagi
For just getting blitzkrieged on the cheap like you're under the tracks in Shinbashi fun: Kenka
For homestyle fun: Chiyono
For shochu and lean on the bar fun: Uminoie
For inexpensive, underground omakase fun: Tsukushi
The St. Mark's scene is not particularly good for quality Japanese food.
251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019
152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019
213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017
211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017
86 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003
34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003
328 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003
25 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
300 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017
I simply order a set of whatever the daily items are when I"m there. I sometimes try to make a preference if there are several options. I find the sashimi there to be a good value with decent quality. It's not really a seafood restaurant. But I'm not a regular there by any means, so perhaps consistency or quality of the daily catch is an issue.?.?..