Japonica has been around since the 70s, which might sound terrifying at first, because whoa, what was sushi in the 70s in NYC like? But this is actually a quality neighborhood spot that's full of Greenwich Village/West Village people. It's not cheap cheap, but there are ways to get out of here reasonably - they have a well-priced bento box for example. The place is pretty small but extremely efficient.
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Mermaid Oyster Bar
We love the Mermaid restaurants, but an oyster bar? I guess fifteen or so varieties qualify you, but we were hoping for a deeper raw bar and a little more excitement. Where's the oyster inspiration?
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A fun, reasonable little spot for sake and small plates Japanese. So what if it's not the best restaurant in town?
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Kanoyama serves some of the best sushi you’ll find for the money in the East Village, and maybe all of Manhattan.
Waiting in a line outside of any restaurant seems a bit silly to us, but Tomoe is arguably one of the best sushi restaurants in the city, as you will see by those patiently standing single file out front on most nights. And it certainly isn't the atmosphere that's got people queued up on Thompson Street. The place is a dump.
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