To get to Sakagura, you walk through the lobby of a very normal office building in Midtown, pass a security guard, then head down a flight a stairs. This place is an izakaya from the same people behind a bunch of other Japanese spots like Sake Bar Decibel and Rai Rai Ken, and most people will impressed that you know how to find it. The food here consists of stuff like sashimi, udon, soba, and small plates like Japanese fried chicken, and it’s all surprisingly affordable. This might be why it can be tough to get a reservation here, so be sure to book in advance.
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Pera Mediterranean Brasserie
Pera is a big Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown, and it’s a decent option for dinner with a group near Grand Central.
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EN Japanese Brasserie
EN Japanese Brasserie is as useful for a big group dinner in a private room as it is for first date romance. Just ask all the celebrities that are regulars.
Niche is a walk-in ramen spot on the Lower East Side that makes really good brothless ramen.
This is the first US location of a very popular Japanese chain, and they specialize in udon.
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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.
An authentic Japanese establishment, all the way down to the robata grill. Aburiya Kinnosuke is a Midtown East experience you should have.
Run by the same folks that brought Totto Ramen to Midtown, Hide-Chan also opened this summer and we’re glad to report that it’s another solid addition to Midtown eating.
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