Donburiya feels more like a bar where someone might stand on a table than it does a calm sit-down restaurant, but that’s part of the fun of this casual Japanese izakaya near Times Square. Almost everything on the menu costs less than $15, including their specialty donburi bowls, massive onigiri, and $9 carafes of hot sake. If you’re looking for a rowdy spot after a Broadway show, Donburiya should be at the top of your list (they stay open until 2:30am).
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Tomi Jazz is a Japanese jazz bar that also happens to be one of the coolest date options in Midtown.
Sushi of Gari 46
A Midtown West/Times Square location of this classic New York sushi restaurant. Sushi of Gari is a solid option for the area.
Kung Fu Little Steamed Buns Ramen
Yes, that's the real name of this restaurant, which is impressive. The ramen? Not so impressive. But there are other things to love at this noodle spot in Hell's Kitchen.
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Sushi Ishikawa is an omakase sushi restaurant on the Upper East Side where you can eat a high-end sushi meal for around $100.
Walk up to the second floor of an apartment building on the Lower East Side, and eat some really good Japanese food at the bar at Yopparai.
Kajitsu in Murray Hill is such a special place that it deserves to be part of the conversation when it comes to essential New York restaurants.
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Four years after our first review, Danji is still the restaurant we recommend most in the Midtown/Times Square area.
Kashkaval Garden is a neighborhood spot in Hell’s Kitchen with Mediterranean food that’s good for sharing and a nice back room for dates.
Pure Thai Cookhouse
Pure Thai Cookhouse in Hell’s Kitchen makes some of the best Thai food in the city.
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