EN Brasserie’s extensive menu of Japanese dishes are fresh and topnotch in terms of quality, even across a broad range of cooking styles and specialties. The space offers excellent private dining rooms for special occasions, and a slew of other seating options for more low-key or intimate meals.
Chef Hirohisa Hayashi’s eponymous Soho restaurant explores Japanese kappo style cuisine with regional specialties from his hometown of Echizen, Japan. The menu at Hirohisa is seasonal and market focused, offering omakase tasting menus and small plates a la carte.
Integral to acquainting New York City with the delights of sake, Sakagura has been one of the spirit’s top purveyors since opening its original location in Midtown East in 1996, expanding in 2018 with an outpost in the East Village that offers an equally impressive selection of sake varieties.
This stylish New York-style Izakaya restaurant and sake bar on the Lower East side offers fun Japanese dishes with an extensive Japanese beverage menu featuring sake, shochu, and whiskey. Fun facts: Sakamai means “sake rice,” and the eatery’s kanji characters translate to “drink and dance.”
At this Midtown West ramen spot, offers vary from excellent bar bites to a classic, rich tonkotsu ramen. Supplement a steaming bowl of ramen with tasty small plates, and don’t miss the creative riffs on classic cocktails using Japanese ingredients, like wasabi vodka tonic.
The modern kaiseki restaurant located in the East Village offers a twelve-course tasting menu of exquisitely crafted and plated dishes. Tsukimi translates to ‘moon viewing,’ a nod to the traditional festival in Japan that honors the moon and symbolizes contemplation, gratitude, and togetherness.
This Japanese seafood restaurant in Midtown offers dishes with bluefin tuna cultivated in their own fish-farm in Nagasaki, and an array of other seafood dishes that The New York Times critic Pete Wells raved about in his 2018 review. Chef Kuni suggests pairing the below flight with the restaurant’s popular Wokuni Sashimi, comprised of an assortment of three to five different kinds of fish.
If you’re seeking an immersive, fun seafood feast, how about fishing for your dinner? Head to Zauo in Chelsea to do precisely that. Zauo’s friendly staff is on hand to help you catch your fish from their indoor pools. The slew of tasty preparation options range from tempura fried to grilled to soy-simmered.
The Long Island City restaurant is an all-day (and night) find that’s equally as appealing as a neighborhood gem for locals and a destination-worthy outing from further afield, and offers an array of izakaya dishes plus hearty noodles. Takumen’s space is equally creative and appealing, featuring handmade ceramics plus a rotation of local artists’ works that changes every few months.