I have loved Japanese food in New York for decades now. I am blown away by the quality when I go. Here's some of my faves, and would love to hear others:
KURUMASUSHI-Super expensive, but the fish is flown in several times a week from Tsukuji. Very authentic with real wasabi (not the powered stuff), and incredible soy sauce. The chef will help you understand which one to use when. Many types of toro, not just from tuna, and incredible fish from around the globe. Worth it from time to time, but big bucks cost.
KYOYA: Very authentic and beautiful kaiseki meal. Many courses that are not way over the top. You don't get a food hangover as I have from similar multicourse meals in western style food (Per Se).
KAJITSU: Amazing vegeterrean kaiseki in temple Shojin style. This is a must do. Used to be easy to get in. Good price for such a high end meal. Tea ceremony style tea at the end of dinner. 2 star michelin.
SAGAKURA: 100s of sakes (or so it seems) in this hideaway in the basement of an office building. Used to be mostly Japanese, but more of us westerners now. Great tapas in this Izakaya style place.
SUSHI GARI: Much more worthwhile for fusion style omikase then Masa at a much better price (not as snooty, and great quality). Both Masa and Gari much better than Nobu.
TORI SHIN: 1 star michelin for this yakitori place upper east side. Really amazing.
OMEN: WOnderful feel good comfort food Japanese style.
DONGURI: Great comfort food and many very interesting small plates. Try the Matiaki mushroom tempura, or the braised pork belly.
IPPUDO: Great ramen.
I can keep going, but this is enough. What else am I missing?
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