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Last minute HELP! Need rec for hip Japanese food for this eve.

Younger relatives in town from Hawaii craving Japanese food-not just sushi. Thought I'd ask for recs for 20 somethings to enjoy this eve. Will travel anywhere great in Manhattan. Thanks for your recs in advance.

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  1. Sakagura
    Yakitori Totto

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

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

    1. Robata-ya
      Lau wrote a review of Yuba that has put it on my radar as well. Either way, finish up your East Village dinner with drinks at Angel's Share.

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      Angel's Share
      8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

      Robataya NY
      231 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

      Yuba
      105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

      1. Expensive:
        Morimoto, Kyo Ya, Soto, Kajitsu, Takahashi

        Midrange:
        Yuba, Wasan, Kanoyama, Natori, Decibel, Souen

        Cheap Eats:
        Yakitori Taisho, Kasadela, Ramen Setagaya,

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        Soto
        357 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014

        Kanoyama
        175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

        Kasadela
        647 E 11th St, New York, NY 10009

        Natori
        58 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

        Morimoto
        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Yakitori Taisho
        5 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

        Decibel
        240 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

        Souen
        210 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014

        Souen
        28 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

        Kyo Ya
        94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

        Takahachi
        85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

        Takahachi
        145 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

        Ramen Setagaya
        34 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

        Kajitsu
        414 East 9th Street, New York, NY 10009

        Yuba
        105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

        Wasan
        108 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003

        1. These are all good suggestions, and you can't really go wrong with any of them. One more would be Brushstroke--David Bouley's latest venture in Tribecca. Open table will tell you to come back in a year, but about a quarter of the tables were empty on our visit--so call. Very hip, but can be very, VERY expensive. If not on this trip, try it yourself and sit at the counter--very interesting to watch them prepare everything. Actually, you could also try SHO in FiDi; usually on summer Fridays, you can find space; excellent food, not so sure about the weekend "hip" factor.

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          SHO Shaun Hergatt
          40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

          Brushstroke
          30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013

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            1. re: gutsofsteel

              UES, guts is 100% correct; it is French/Asian fusion, which I figured you would pick up at the first glace at the menu. I posted it because many of our Japanese customers compliment us on picking the restaurant, 'cause I guess they get plenty of good sushi in Tokyo. Forgot to mention this in the earlier post; mea culpa.

          1. IPPUDO / 65 4th Ave (bet. 9th & 10th) :Good noodle, sake and more in east village

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            Ippudo
            65 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003