Atelier Ku-Ki

You’ll find Atelier Ku-Ki in the back of Made X Hudson, an upscale clothing boutique, where a leather jacket costs the equivalent of a round-trip (coach) flight to Japan. And yet, the Japanese bento counter is the perfect stop for a quick lunch on Friday or the weekend. The bento boxes rotate weekly, and if it's available, order the salmon—the piece of perfectly cooked fish is accompanied by Japanese potato salad, lotus root, pickled vegetables, rice, and greens with a downright slurpable carrot-ginger vinaigrette. Most people take their lunch to go, but there are some bistro chairs and tables where you can eat next to $400 linen tops.

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