Lunch at Hiroko's
Hiroko's on Thompson is probably the best (only?) place in Manhattan for a breadth of 洋食 (youshoku), the Japanese take on non-Japanese food.
Recently, I took two friends and both left talking about coming back again.
One had a curry, a standard of 洋食 fare. Japanese curry is invariably a mish-mash of carrots, celeries, onions, meats and potatoes in a medium-thick, dark brown sauce. It is also invariably tasty.
My other friend decided on the salmon teriyaki. Over the past few years, I've stayed away from salmon in restaurant. No matter how rare you request, the salmon is consistently overcooked. I had a bite of my friend's fillet and was quite surprise at the soft texture.