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I work around 33rd and Park and was wondering if anybody had any recommendations for authentic Japanese food that you could grab for lunch. I'm just a bit too far to be heading to all the places in the east 40s/50s for a quick bite.

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  1. When I lived in the neighborhood, I used to go all the time to Sushi Sen-nin on E. 33 St. between Park and Madison.

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    Sushi Sen-nin
    30 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

    1. Japanese friends have taken me to Tokyo restaurant, on Lexington between 39th and 40th, and said it was very down-home.

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      Tokyo
      342 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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      1. re: chowbie

        like i've posted before, i used to work for a japanese company, and spent enough time in Japan to have a good taste for the food. Tons of people from work went to that Tokyo restaurant, i went a couple times for group lunches and thought it roundly sat between sucks and mediocre, also, i got the "wtf are you doing here round-eye" glare more than once until i started speaking in Japanese. not that i'm native Japanese, but it was so generic and borderline americanized, i had no clue why m colleagues were paying so much for the food there and coming back repeatedly. They would even say it sucked when asked. i think it was all about proximity. in that area, i much prefer Riki, or aburiya kenosuke, or even Donburiya for that kind of Japanese meal.

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        Riki
        141 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

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

        Donburi-ya
        137 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

        Tokyo
        342 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

      2. When I lived in the neighborhood we always went to Mishima. Decent food reasonable prices. Run by Japanese.

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        Mishima
        164 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

        1. Maybe you would be better off going to 32nd st. and getting some authentic Korean food, and various restaurants between broadway and 5th ave. some decent noodle places.

          1. I used to work nearby and would hit up Mishima or Shaburi. Neither are great, but they are authentic and decent for lunch.

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            Mishima
            164 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            Shaburi
            125 E 39th St, New York, NY 10016

            1. Thanks all. I'll def. have to investigate Mishima.

              I've been going to Ktown to get my Asian food fix, but I just came off a year in Kyoto and have been craving real Japanese.

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              1. re: Lyra1227

                Oh, you lived in Kyoto?!? Some evening, you might want to check out Momokawa on 28th.

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

                1. re: Silverjay

                  Wow, I just looked at the menu for Momokawa and it looks amazing. Thanks for the recommendation!