Otafuku x Medetai is a small Japanese street food restaurant in the East Village. It specializes in takoyaki (doughy balls stuffed with grilled octopus) and okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). They also make a dessert called Taiyaki, which is a fish-shaped puff pastry filled with Nutella and banana. We are big fans for takeout lunch, but they have a few counter seats if you want to dine in.
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Boulton & Watt
Boulton & Watt is a solid neighborhood hang with average bar food and some TVs for sports viewing purposes. Adjust expectations accordingly.
A fun, reasonable little spot for sake and small plates Japanese. So what if it's not the best restaurant in town?
Sushi By M
Sushi By M is a no-frills spot in the East Village where you sit at a counter and eat an excellent 10-piece sushi omakase for $50.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
An authentic Japanese establishment, all the way down to the robata grill. Aburiya Kinnosuke is a Midtown East experience you should have.
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886 is a casual Taiwanese restaurant on St. Mark’s in the East Village. It’s good for a fun and affordable group dinner.
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