Although they aren’t braised, the pork trotters at Kimura are legendary and the collagen nabe (pork trotters are full of collagen, the skin-boosting superfood du jour) is worth a special trip. It’s one of the most popular dishes, and my personal favorite, at this Japanese hotpot restaurant on Saint Marks. Here, pig trotters are stewed for more than eight hours to create a rich, almost milky soup base and trotters as soft as jelly.
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Mokyo is a Korean restaurant in the East Village that serves affordable small plates and alcoholic light-up Capri Suns.
Crif Dogs exists to support the lifestyle of the young, drunk, cash-strapped and hungry. Open until 4am on the weekends and 2am during the week, this is an all hours Neighborhood Hang, ideal for Late Night Eats, cheap beers and a game of Ms. Pacman.
Uminoie is a causal Japanese spot in the East Village where you can eat bar snacks and drink sake.
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An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
Kokage is a Japanese spot run by the same people as Kajitsu, and it works for a nice (but less formal) lunch or dinner around Grand Central.
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