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Hi,
I'll be in NYC this week - any suggestions for great Japanese food in Manhattan?
Budget: not more 150$ for 2 persons.
Thanks!

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  1. Are you looking for sushi or another kind of Japanese food?

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    1. re: MMRuth

      We'd love to visit a great sushi place as well as a resto of non-sushi Japanese food.
      So one of each. Thanks!

      1. re: yumnow

        I would recommend 15 East for sushi.

        What type of non-sushi Japanese? Izakaya? Kaeiseki?

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        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: gutsofsteel

          Hi. Thanks for the 15 East suggestion. Re. non-sushi: looking for Izakaya!

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          15 East
          15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: yumnow

            Yakitori Totto

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

            1. re: yumnow

              Yumnow,

              For an izakaya I'd suggest either Sugiyama or Sake Bar Hagi.

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              Sugiyama
              251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: TheDegustationAsian

                Did you mean to say Sakagura? Sugiyama is an upscale restaurant, more of a kaiseki restaurant.

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                Sakagura
                211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

                Sugiyama
                251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                1. re: TheDegustationAsian

                  If the budget is $150, you can easily out class Hagi, which is a cheap lower end izakaya with mediocre food. Tori Shin will probably be a much better gastronomic endeavor- although Yakitori Totto might be more fun.

                  1. re: Silverjay

                    @gutsofsteel - I did mean Sakagura and not Sugiyama, thanks for the correction.

                    @Silverjay - Agreed, but I didn't know if yumnow wanted something geared towards yakitori. Also, is a la carte still only available after 10 p.m.? If so, it's something to consider.

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                    Sakagura
                    211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

                    Sugiyama
                    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

                    1. re: TheDegustationAsian

                      I don't know........Another suggestion is Totto's sister restaurant Aburiya Kinnosuke, which is more eclectic in its' offerings- robata, sashimi, standards, and seasonal options. EN Brassarie is another option (I saw Yoko Ono there recently btw)...

                      These are all competently run and adequetely prepared sort of corporate places. Omen or Momokawa (never been to these myself) or even Tsukushi will probably be more owner operated, with more limited menus, but perhaps better quality.

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                      Aburiya Kinnosuke
                      213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

                      Tsukushi
                      300 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

                      Momokawa
                      157 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

                      1. re: Silverjay

                        @ Silveryjay, TheDegustationAsian & GutsofSteel: Living in Montreal there are not many opportunities to discover the diversity of Japanese cuisine, so thanks for helping me discover new styles. We're leaning toward Sakagura & Yakitori Totto. Can't wait!

                        1. re: yumnow

                          Tori Shin is better than Yakitori Totto, though it's more expensive.

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

                          1. re: hcbk0702

                            I disagree. I think they're both good, and Yakitori Totto is more fun and has more variety.

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

                            1. re: gutsofsteel

                              More variety sure, but their ingredient quality isn't on the same level.

                              I'd rather go with the better quality yakitori.

                              1. re: hcbk0702

                                Tori Shin doesn't use bincho tan like Totto, so for me, Totto wins by a landslide.

                                Seconding Aburiya Kinnosuke (if you know your Japanese) or Totto, if you're entry level (chicken only.)

                                Stay away from Sakagura -- they're overpriced and not that good.

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                                Aburiya Kinnosuke
                                213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

                                Sakagura
                                211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

                                1. re: MonaNomura

                                  Tori Shin does use bincho-tan, so you're misinformed.

                                  1. re: hcbk0702

                                    Hmm last time I went, it was so smokey my hair and clothes smelled like BBQ. Plus the food was masked with smoke. Normally, binchotan doesn't have that effect. Bizarre.

                                  2. re: MonaNomura

                                    sadly, i kind of agree with you about sakagura. it's expensive, and the service is subpar for a high end japanese. they often make us wait even we have reservations. and they try to rush customers sometimes. and i've seen them asking for more tips.
                                    but still, the place is good. the food is at the same level as aburiya kinnosuke (my favorite). and the sake list has more choices and is slightly less pricey....
                                    kind of like sushi yasuda. excellent on something, but comes with kinks....

                                    1. re: mow mow

                                      I love Yasuda and never had problems there -- but I think that's mainly due to my preference of sitting in front of him. I don't go unless he has openings. Habit of a weird Japanese ;)

          2. I agree about Sakagura's food being hit or miss and expensive, but it is a cool room and they do have a great sake selection. Its a fun experience.

            For sushi, Yasuda is the best IMHO, but with him leaving, it will be tough to get a seat in front of him.
            I like Hatsuhana on 48th and Sushiden on 49th when I want good traditional sushi that's not $100 a person.
            For cooked Japanese food, I like soba-ya, shabu-tatsu or menchanko-tei. All are very reasonably priced.

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            Sakagura
            211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

            Hatsuhana
            17 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017

            Sushiden
            19 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017