This Japanese spot in the East Village specializes in a made-from-scratch, slow-simmered, thick curry that’s served with rice, ramen, or udon, as well as toppings like pork katsu or shrimp. No matter which of the 15 options you choose, each bite takes you on a trip from sweet to bitter to spicy (depending on the heat level you choose). And then there’s the yaki curry - a thick, absolutely fantastic mix of curry, ground beef, and rice served under a layer of charred, melted cheese. It fought winter, and it won.
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Ruffian is a tiny East Village bar with a huge natural wine list and a short menu of really good Mediterranean food.
Everything at El Camion is dreadfully average at best. If you’re going to open a new Mexican joint in the East Village these days, you best bring your A-Game.
For some reason, everything at Ducks Eatery is so over spiced, over smoked, and overthought that none of it works. The beef jerky has squid ink on it. Why?
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If you need a quick snack in the East Village, try Dokodemo. It’s a counter-service spot with Japanese street food like yakisoba and okonomiyaki.
Sushi on Jones (West 10th)
Sushi On Jones in the West Village is an omakase sushi spot with two strictly timed tasting options.
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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.
Hanon is a casual Japanese spot in Williamsburg that serves some of the best udon in the city.
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