Year ago, a friend who lived near the UN (40-ish Street off 1st Av) took me to a small Japanese restaurant where the chef just served whatever he had fresh for the day. The customers sat at the counter and the small dishes would come until you say you were full. It was such a great experience but I wonder if it's still there or whether any other restaurant serves such omakase style in a intimate setting. I'm trying to steer away from those highly publicized Jap restaurant that is too gimicky. I believe the restaurant I went to had no name but a sign with 'homestyle' or 'home cooking' at the door.