So yesterday I was heading for the 2nd Avenue subway stop, and I noticed a tiny new storefront restaurant that promised "homey style" Japanese food. (It's actually called Win 49, for some reason.) Having spent some time in Japan, I was intrigued. The place is eentsy and spotless - it has four seats - with a selection of dishes spread out for inspection. In Japan, it is common to have plastic versions of meals instead of a menu - I think these were the actual dishes, but I'm not sure. Some were already sold out, like the pork dumplings and salmon collar. Prices were very cheap - 4 dollars for salmon and rice, for example. Bentos were $7.
I noticed a special of soft-shell crab sushi roll and ordered it. The owner went to his little stove, cooked the crab, chopped it into bits and served me the roll - delicious!
As I left, I noticed a Zagat sign that gave Tomoe a mark of distinction, so maybe the owner used to work at Tomoe.