Riki is a casual Japanese restaurant with a giant menu that has everything from sashimi to okonomiyaki and skewered meats. It’s a good option if you’re meeting a friend for something low-key and want to split everything - or if you want to eat alone at the sushi bar (where they sometimes show videos of cats doing stupid things on the TV screens).
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
BLT Steak is a joint where suits, business folk, tourists, and Upper East Siders can all dine in harmony. The food is outstanding, but because they don't solely use dry aged beef, they fall short of the BLT Prime-level 8.6 rating.
If you want to get a quick sit-down meal near Grand Central, go eat some pork katsu at Katsu-Hama.
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An authentic Japanese establishment, all the way down to the robata grill. Aburiya Kinnosuke is a Midtown East experience you should have.
Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop
Gotham West Market is one of the better food situations in Hell's Kitchen, and Slurp Shop is the best part of Gotham West Market.
A tiny little ramen spot on the Lower East Side, serving up some very good soups that aren't as heavy as many others.
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The Shakespeare @ The William
If you’re looking for an English pub in Midtown, The Shakespeare is quite possibly the nicest. Stop by for happy hour.
We typically love ourselves some Michael White. Though his new hotel restaurant Ai Fiori is a sprawling space with more room than they know what to do with. Set inside The Setai, this is a bit of a cookie cutter hotel restaurant - one that isn’t bad, but just isn’t quite our style.
Sakagura is an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant that’s hidden in the basement of a very normal Midtown office building.
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