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Where to find the best authentic Japanese (NOT sushi) in Manhattan?

jjroesch Sep 5, 2008 03:29 AM

I used to live in Japan, and I am craving real, fun Japanese food.

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    silencespeak Sep 5, 2008 05:49 AM

    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! =)

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    1. re: silencespeak
      jjroesch Sep 5, 2008 06:46 AM

      Thank you for the tips. I guess I am looking for more home cooked or small dishes, as opposed to just soba/ramen. Yakitori sounds great. Wish I could go to Matsugen, but it is a bit out of my range right now.

      1. re: jjroesch
        thew Sep 6, 2008 07:06 AM

        for home cooking go with tatany 72

      2. re: silencespeak
        Asumnuthin Nov 17, 2008 05:32 AM

        my absolute fav is yakitory tory,

      3. thew Sep 5, 2008 05:52 AM

        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

        1. Silverjay Sep 5, 2008 06:49 AM

          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.

          Yakitori Totto
          251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

          152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

          Aburiya Kinnosuke
          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

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          1. re: Silverjay
            jjroesch Sep 6, 2008 05:33 AM

            This is unbelievably helpful. Thank you so much!

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              silencespeak Sep 8, 2008 07:06 AM

              yeah this is great, thanks so much

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                cimui Dec 15, 2008 04:24 PM

                i think you should dub this "silverjay's (mostly) midtown tour" and post it everywhere. i'm certainly saving it as a "favorite". thanks!

                (one question, tho: i haven't had much luck with the sashimi at aburiya. mind if i ask what are you ordering so i can get in on the action?)

                1. re: cimui
                  Silverjay Dec 16, 2008 09:09 PM

                  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.?.?..

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                sodahq Sep 9, 2008 02:35 PM

                I am a HUGE fan of Hibino, 333 Henry Street in Brooklyn. It's right near Atlantic Avenue and has possibly the best inexpensive Japanese food I've had in the city. They specialty is obanzai and they make their tofu in-house.

                Their daily specials are here: http://www.hibino-brooklyn.com/blog/

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                  TheDescendedLefticleOfAramis Sep 15, 2008 04:25 PM

                  uptown: Tori Shin ...
                  downtown: Kyo-ya
                  down-downtown: Uminoie

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                    HeineManush Oct 2, 2008 03:56 PM

                    Agree Yakitori Totto and Torys are bomb. Very delicious chicken in comfortable and novel forms.

                    I also like Butai on 18th between Park and Irving. They're barbeque is excellent. Feels unloved compared to Japonais but way better. The lamb chops are delicious.

                    1. bigjeff Dec 14, 2008 03:49 PM

                      my friend really likes Donburi-ya for big comfort food cooked stuff.

                      137 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

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