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Jan 3, 2014 10:48 AM

Tanoshi Bento UES

Tanoshi Bento is the next store restaurant to Tanoshi Sake and Sushi which has recenetly been acclaimed on this board and elsewhere for serving an affordable and quality omakase. Bento as the name would indicate serves various cooked Japanese dishes as bento.

I have been here a few times and it is well worth visiting if you are in the area. Their tempura is very well fried with delicate wisps of batter and came with a nice mix of vegetables. The pork katsu was good but nothing special. Karaage was the star, very juicy and perfectly fried.

Everything comes with a house salad (nothing special), miso soup (decent but I like a stronger fish taste), shumai, seaweed and hijiki salad. The sides are fine and round out the meal but the fried items are definitely the star. They also have bowls which i have yet to try.

Worth a shot in the area.

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  1. I will check it out when in the area, It is amazing that the choices on UES are so limited. I hope the tempura is as good as you say. I have never had tempura in NYC that compares to tempura in Japan.

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    1. re: foodwhisperer

      I thought the tempura was very well done. Is it as good as Japan? I don't know but that's probably the wrong way of looking at things.

      1. re: MVNYC

        I can see your point, as their tempura may be one of the best in NYC, But, if you ever have tempura in Japan, you will understand where i'm coming from. Sushi has come a long way here, since the 70's. Kaiseki has made an appearance, as Izakaya food did, why hasn't a top tier tempura place opened. Tempura chefs train for many years , much like sushi chefs. The next film will be Kondo-san dreams of Tempura. ( Kondo Tempura in Tokyo is amazing).
        I found a link with a blogger's review of the place

      1. re: MVNYC

        Ha- looks like you're a "taste maker"! (One of those influential people who predicts industry trends) or....your pen name is "nicole lam".....?

        1. re: MVNYC

          Thanks for the link. Two of the dishes they mention are favorites of mine, and would tempt me to try this restaurant. Chawanmushi and the fried oysters.
          PS i don't think you are Nicole Lam. lol

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            I tried the fried oysters and they were very good. Also tried the katsudon which I thought was a bit under seasoned.