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redgirl Feb 6, 2013 10:41 AM

Group of women and the last time we went for Japanese, we went to Japonica and got the little room which was loads of fun. some of us like sushi and a few just want a great piece of cooked fish. Need somewhere new. Not ultra fancy but the same kind of feel. Request was for near or above Grand Central (a few catching the train afterward) or Columbus Circle area. Any ideas? Thanks.

  1. Monica Feb 6, 2013 10:54 AM

    There are so many near Grand Central.
    Sakagura, Aburiya Kinnosuke, Soba totto...to name a few.

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    1. re: Monica
      redgirl Feb 6, 2013 11:11 AM

      great. the soba totto isn't quite the thing. and while sakagura looks great...it really seems very 'lots of small dishes' and more tapas. ..would happily take a few more restaurant names.

      1. re: redgirl
        Monica Feb 6, 2013 05:34 PM

        Riki or Gyu kaku? there are more on 50s, but a bit too far from grand cental.

      2. re: Monica
        Simon Feb 6, 2013 04:50 PM

        i don't care for Sakagura myself, but it's prob what works best for this dinner/question...

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        bifpocaroba Feb 6, 2013 11:14 AM

        I am a big fan of Ise. There is one near GCS.


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        1. re: bifpocaroba
          Simon Feb 6, 2013 04:49 PM

          the 49th St branch closed because of building issues...

        2. Motosport Feb 6, 2013 11:16 AM

          Hane on 3 Av and 38th is a short walk from GCT.
          Or Sushi Sen-Nin on E 33 St (a longer walk) is also good.

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          1. re: Motosport
            foodwhisperer Feb 6, 2013 05:36 PM

            I think Nobu 57, or Blue Ribbon is a better choice than those mentioned above. Both are much better than Japonica. Both have many cooked dishes in addition to sushi.
            If you were downtown, I'd recommend Takahachi, which is very much like Japonica, but they don't have yosenabi, which is the only thing I ever get at Japonica.

            1. re: foodwhisperer
              redgirl Feb 8, 2013 09:49 AM

              bingo! blue ribbon near columbus circle...the perfect combo of sushi and cooked mains for this crowd. thanks!

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