These are my favorite Japanese restaurants in Manhattan. Chosen for different reasons, I hope you like them too.
1. Sapporo East
East 10th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A
One of my favorite restaurants growing up, this restaurant is located in the East Village. Introduced to Sapporo by my parents, I always frequented this place with my cousin, who also happens to be my eating buddy. Sadly, the restaurant has supposedly been under construction. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed. Chain restaurant Setagaya Ramen aside, Sapporo has the best ramen I’ve tasted. They are also known for their hamachi kama, which my dad loves to order.
2. East Japanese Restaurant
3rd Avenue between 26th and 27th
Karaoke and conveyor belts. East Restaurant in Kipling Bay boasts both of these fun features. I prefer to sit at the bar so that I can really get a good view of the fish and chefs. Placed on colored plates that indicate the price level, the sushi circles its way around the restaurant like a merry-go-round so that each customer has a chance to pick it up. If you’re not looking to spend too much then try to stick to the white plates that have two items per plate( tamago, salad rolls, and vegetable rolls)for $1.25 each. Next are the $1.75 pink plates that include mackerel and rolls like salmon, spicy salmon, spicy chicken, and spicy tuna.lovers should make it a point to go their Sushi Tuesdays. Salmon sushi and caviar are on the $2.25 green plates and tuna and soft, buttery salmon toro are on the $3.00 red plates. The list goes on and on to the $6.50 gold plate. Whenever I’ve been there I’ve had to ask for tuna toro myself. If you want to bring over a party for some fun karaoke and sushi, private rooms are available for.
Greenwich Ave between 10th and Charles
In Greenwich Village, Funayama is the place you go when you’re monster hungry for sushi. They boast many deals depending on the day, but their biggest one is All You Can Eat Sushi on Mondays and Thursdays for $23.10. Be warned that if you waste your sushi, you will be additionally charged. So make sure that you’re really in for it. I have way too many memories of myself trying to finish off my plate there. Be sure to ask for a frequent customer card. Each time you eat there your card gets stamped and when it’s full you get a discount on your next meal.