This was a reply to this post on the UK/Ireland Board http://www.chowhound.com/topics/50091...
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Yes worth a visit (as is Soho Japan) although I'm always reluctant to recommend slightly more expensive places to you knowing how fragile your budget is. If you want to try high class izakaya fare in Manhattan, then go to Aburiya Kinnosuke (45th btwn 2 + 3) or the venerable Sakagura (office building basement opposite Yasuda).
So New York and then Sicily, you don't do too badly on the travel front for an impoverished student :-)