My Favorite Japanese
by Mitchell Davis
We are lucky in NYC to have some very serious Japanese places that can stand up to the best, even in Japan.
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435 Hudson St., Manhattan, NY
Tofu and izakaya specialties are great, but the sushi is not. Enjoy everything else.
1659 First Ave., Manhattan, NY
Unexpectedly ambitious and authentic neighborhood Japanese place, with excellent sushi and other dishes.
65 Fourth Ave., Manhattan, NY
I love their ramen in Tokyo, too!
7 E. 47th St. 2nd fl., Manhattan, NY
No atmosphere whatsoever. Just some of the best sushi you can find, almost on par with Masa. Don't waste your time at a table. Sit at the bar and let the chef "read" you.
10 Columbus Circle, Manhattan, NY
It's a fortune. Prix fixe starts at $450 per person. But if you are going to blow a wad of cash, this elegant sushi restaurant delivers a wonderful thrill.
241 Church St., Manhattan, NY
Superb soba. Don't believe the reviews.
458 W. 17th St., Manhattan, NY
Long list of homey specials, Very Japanese service. Small and quiet restaurant.
236 E. 9th St., Manhattan, NY
No seats. Japanese street food, okonomyaki (pancakes) and takoyaki (octopus balls).
214 E. 10th St., Manhattan, NY
Has the right down-and-dirty vibe for a ramen joint. Delicious broth, too.
141 First Ave., Manhattan, NY
How do you say, "Comme il faut" in Japanese?