A Japanese spot focusing mainly on udon (they also serve some sushi), Samurai Mama is a good place to know about when you’re looking for a casual spot to warm up your frostbitten self in Williamsburg. The vibe feels like a Japanese maze/hideout, with four different rooms, and would be good for an early in the game date. If it’s not winter, the probability that you’ll end up here is dependent on your appreciation for udon. Get the curry one.
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Marlow & Sons is one of the original modern Brooklyn restaurants, and it’s still one of the best places to eat in the city.
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If that Dyson guy came up with Korean BBQ, Takashi is what it would look like. Modern, weird, excellent.
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.
A great East Village date night spot, especially when you get the adjacent cocktail lounge, Angel's Share, involved.
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This is the first US location of a very popular Japanese chain, and they specialize in udon.
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