At Bumu, a big izakaya just north of Washington Square Park, the specialty is skewers of raw seafood and grilled meats. We really like the chicken skins and rich rabbit meatball, but like most of the skewers here, they’re small portions for $9. Sit at the big horseshoe bar and order a few cocktails and skewers as snacks, but if you want to have a full meal here, we recommend sticking mostly to the filling share plates, like the smoky okonomiyaki with bacon and the spam fried rice with grilled short rib.
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