Aburiya Raku, which specializes in robata cooking and oden recipes, is hands-down one of the best Japanese restaurants in the country. The Chinatown institution imports binchotan charcoal and condiments directly from Japan, and you can often find other chefs and hospitality workers eating here late (they’re open until 1am most nights). If you can, call at least three days ahead to reserve a premium or deluxe omakase, which is the best way to enjoy what the restaurant has to offer. Both tasting menus start with homemade tofu before the mixed appetizers, sashimi, grilled meats, a daily fresh fish, and dessert. Pair it all with something off their long sake menu.
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