This Japanese spot in the East Village specializes in a made-from-scratch, slow-simmered, thick curry that’s served with rice, ramen, or udon, as well as toppings like pork katsu or shrimp. No matter which of the 15 options you choose, each bite takes you on a trip from sweet to bitter to spicy (depending on the heat level you choose). And then there’s the yaki curry - a thick, absolutely fantastic mix of curry, ground beef, and rice served under a layer of charred, melted cheese. It fought winter, and it won.
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Want to impress someone who loves Japanese food? Bring them to Kyo Ya. The unmarked subterranean restaurant is a unique and amazing place.
El Rinconcito is a Dominican restaurant in the East Village that’s been around for over 20 years and makes some fantastic mofongo.
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea
Yi Fang Taiwan Fruit Tea is a tea shop chain with stores around the city, including this reliable one on St. Marks spot.
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Omakase Room By Tatsu
This underground West Village space is a serious, quiet place for a pricey sushi meal that lasts 90 minutes.
An authentic Japanese establishment, all the way down to the robata grill. Aburiya Kinnosuke is a Midtown East experience you should have.
Sushi Kai in the East Village serves high-quality sushi in the form of a sub-$100 omakase, as well as a la carte for delivery and takeout.
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Kanoyama serves some of the best sushi you’ll find for the money in the East Village, and maybe all of Manhattan.
Hanon is a casual Japanese spot in Williamsburg that serves some of the best udon in the city.
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