Taisho and Sakagura alternatives
I have 3 lunches and 3 dinners left in NYC this week yet I just want to return to Taisho and Sagakura. It's probably because the Japanese selection in Montreal is so terrible that I 'love' these two.
Where else should I go for Japanese? I am not a raw fish eater. I am thinking of trying a kaseiki (Kyo Ya, Sugiyama, Brushstroke) and ramen (Minca, Setagaya, Rai Rai Ken).
I have a reservation at Ko for Saturday lunch.
I,ve already been to Momofuku Noodle, Mentui Kei, Mechanko and Ippudo.
I tried Soba Koh and I like it as much as Sagakura's but I don't know why one would be better. I had the Toroniku Ramen with 'basic pork' broth at Minca and it was really good. I will be back to try the chicken n pork broth. Robataya was surprisingly good especially the buttery cod fillet.
Thank you for all the suggestions.
Don't forget Takashi (yakiniku).
What about Soto? They are known also for their cooked & non-sushi dishes in addition to their sushi/raw fish.
If it's for this week, I'd make a reservation ASAP for Kyo Ya's kaiseki, if you want to dine there. I know they also have a walk-ins only chef counter, but I'm not sure if you can get the kaiseki without arranging it beforehand.
Kyo Ya or Kajitsu or Brushstroke are on a much higher level cuisine than the others mentioned.
En is a good option and less expensive in a nice setting, the fresh tofu is really good there.
I agree also with Pravit on Soba Koh as something different than the others mentioned and it is better than Soba Ya.
Robataya would be a terrific choice for you , the grilled fish, meat and veggies are superb and the rice dishes are among the best.
I would cross Setagaya off your list and since you have been to Ippudo already perhaps Misoya would be good for some Hokkaido style ramen.
An interesting alternative might be either Greenwich Grill or Basta Pasta both with Japanese chefs but not Japanese cuisine, just Japanese inspired.
Since you mentioned some Korean owned places above, perhaps you would want to try an amazing meal of small dishes at Jungsik
Ootoya does a great teishoku (set meal) - you get a main dish as well as rice, soup, various pickles and veggies, and steamed eggs. The mackerel and pork tonkatsu are my favorites there but everything I've had is good.
I'd also try the cha-kago set or lunch special at Cha-An, another place for set meals I really like.
If you like soba try Soba Koh or Cocoron.
EN Japanese is also a nice place for teishoku meals.