Can't go to Japan...
my 83yo mother really wants to visit Japan, but she lives in Vermont and her health is poor, making travel difficult. I live in SF, but am thinking of bringing her to Manhattan for a few days, and eating all kinds of Japanese food, morning noon and night. Any suggestions?
Is your mother originally from Japan? If not, how much experience has she had with Japanese food? I think those things make a difference in what establishments to go to i.e. (a native Japanese person can perhaps be more specific about what they want a la 'I want soba for one of my meals' vs someone who is trying Japanese food for the first time etc.)
One breakfast option I can suggest would be Kitano Hotel, I think they serve Japanese breakfast there. Or, you can take her to Japanese-style bakery, I think Pan-ya in East Village has best seating but Zaiya in Midtown has better pastries.
I like Rosanjin for kaiseki and Kajitsu for imaginative vegetarian kaiseki. 15 East is also very good for a wide range of Japanese food, including a sushi bar.
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depends on the type of japanese food. for one specific meal, id recomment kyo ya for kaiseki style japanese food.
for sushi, i go to ushiwakamaru most often. its mid to high end sushi and the quality to price is very good in my opinion. for a more upscale sushi meal, everyone loves sushi yasuda, as do i...i just will only eat at the bar there. i prefer hiro, rather than yasuda himself as the chef.
matsugen is a fantastic all in one sort of japanese spot that i find delicious and incredibly charming. service is great and their ramen is solid as is their sushi.
ippudo for ramen is the only choice for me though. on 4th avenue. they take reservations in person the day of...otherwise, expect an hour or two wait at dinner time.
im not a huge yakitori fan but yakitori totto was good enough.
sakagura, across the street from yasuda is a great option as well.