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Japanese lunch spots in Midtown East?

Are there any good Japanese lunch spots near Grand Central? I'm looking for authentic Japanese food, like bento boxes, and good pastries are a plus. I already know about Cafe Zaiya, so no need to mention that place. Thanks!

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  1. Sakagura, Soba Totto, Aburiya Kinnosuke. I think they all do lunch specials.

    1. There's a place called Cafe Zest on 47th between Lexington & 3rd that serves great Japanese comfort food. Bento boxes, sushi, udon - you name it, they have it. They also have a sit-down area on the second floor that serves up 3-course lunch sets for under $10 (chicken teriyaki, chicken stew, etc.). Everything's fresh, flavorful, and consistently good. There's a tasty dessert selection, too, if you have a sweet tooth.

      By the way, I've been to Cafe Zaiya, and I much prefer this place.

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      1. re: jhan80

        Katsu-Hama-right next to maggie's, on 47th btwn mad and 5th

      2. Aburiya Kinnosuke has a really nice lunch set.

        Menchanko-Tei for good ramen (great for Midtown, but just so-so compared to the places in the EV)

        1. I second Sakagura-less than 5 min walk from GC. They do have lunch specials and good desserts. Each time I go there, I feel like I'm back in Tokyo, right down to the warm towels they serve when you sit down and after you have finished your meal to the computerized toilets in the restroom.

          1. Riki on E 45th/3rd Ave is the best for authenticity, they have noodles/yakitori/rice, and a bunch of tapas style that is designed for beer drinking all night. It's not a ramen please, if that is your craving go down the block to Menchanko Tei. Both places are about 90% japenese clientale.

            1. in addition to the above i also recommend Donburi-ya - solid food, good prices and very quick service, which is important for lunch for me. ISE is another good one, although a bit of a walk from GC

              i also second the recomendation for cafe zest - i eat there about three times a week. also there is a new small japaense grocery store called dainobu which also has bento boxes to go.

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              1. re: stuck_in_midtown

                That thing that does it for me is that the bento boxes at Cafe Zest are only $3.95 - $6.75, compared to other places that charge more. Plus, their stuff just tastes better, so in my opinion, it's a real deal.

                They also do these great 3-course lunch options in their upstairs sit-down area for under $10. You get an entree like chicken teriyaki with salad, soup, udon, and dessert. The portions are generous, and you walk out completely satisfied.

              2. I recommend Oms/B, rice ball cafe on E 45th between 3rd & Lex (I think). They have set lunches. The food's real good -- there's tons of posts about this place.

                1. looking specifically for saturday lunch; many of the places listed here open at 5pm on a saturday and I'm looking for something like noon or 1pm. any help here? not sashimi, but cooked foods would be preferred although if there is ankimo/uni available, I wouldn't turn it down. thanks!