Best Japanese Restaurants in NYC

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by Sylvia Stanley

Japanese cuisine is best known for sushi and ramen soup, but the Japanese restaurants in New York City have a variety of meals that allow you to explore the Japanese culture in an exciting way.

From rice to roasted duck to interesting seafood dishes, the following Japanese restaurants have much to offer patrons.

Sakagura

211 East 43rd Street

Sakagura

Sakagura is one of the top sake bars in New York City and provides guests with over 200 selections of sake to choose from. The menu has authentic tapas-style Japanese cuisine and homemade desserts.

As soon as you walk into Sakagura, a comfortable atmosphere is noticed and you will feel right at home. Classic izakaya fare such as daikon salad, fried kara age chicken, rice balls, and agedashi tofu are prepared fresh for customers.

Original cuisine, such as jaja dango, which is mashed potatoes glazed in sweet tasting donut batter and then deep fried is created at Sakagura. Another original dish is the roasted duck wrapped in scallions and then served with basil vinaigrette was established by Sakagura.

Hakata Tonton

61 Grove Street

Hakata Tonton

Grab your friends and head to Hakata Tonton for an energizing atmosphere where a good time can be had by all. You can experience Southern Japanese cuisine where tonkotsu ramen originates from at Hakata Tonton.

Pork is the main item on the menu to add to the Southern Japanese flavor. Collagen soup gyoza, sautéed pork tongue, and other pork based items flood the menu. Other appetizing dishes are also on the menu which will make your mouth water. Try the monkfish liver, grilled mentaiko, snow crab cream croquettes, or dumplings for more tasty experiences.

Decibel

240 East 9th Street

Decibel

While Decibel’s main establishment is as a sake bar, the cuisine is just as exquisite. With over 100 selections of sake, you will feel as if you are in Japan. The glasses are filled to the brim with sake as you sip on amazing new drinks.

The food menu features classic dishes such as okonomiyaki, kurabota sausage, and katsuo no tataki which is lightly seared bonito. Snack on these delicious small dishes. Get a group of friends together and relax after a long day at Decibel.

Brushstroke

30 Hudson Street

Brushstroke

Chef David Bouley creates a Japanese menu that tops all the rest. Using fresh ingredients to build a progression of flavors, the various courses of a meal are handcrafted works of art designed to be beautiful and delicious.

Brushstroke has a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian seasonal kaiseki menu, or a go a la carte. Simple dishes are taken to another level through the skills of hard-working chefs. A simple chawan-mushi, steamed egg custard, is upgraded with lobster, chanterelle mushrooms, and truffle ankake. Grilled octopus is seasoned with lobster flakes and a squid ink black sesame sauce.

A dessert menu features mirin ice cream and soy sauce ice cream for interesting dessert choices.

Aburiya Kinnosuke

213 East 45th Street

Aburiya Kinnosuke

Aburiya Kinnosuke is an authentic Japanese robata cuisine restaurant with grilled food items that will delight your taste buds. Quality ingredients such as fresh fish, meat, and vegetables are used to craft dishes for high-end Japanese cuisine.

Succulent meat and fresh fish are cooked and prepared through Aburiya Kinnosuke’s original Japanese recipes. Vegetables are roasted on stakes by a mountain of charcoal. A friendly staff is ready to help you navigate your way through the menu.

The Japanese restaurants in New York City allow you to experience and learn about another culture through authentic cuisine. Japanese restaurants are more than just sushi and sake. Creating and designing Japanese dishes is an art form all its own in the city of New York.