Although they aren’t braised, the pork trotters at Kimura are legendary and the collagen nabe (pork trotters are full of collagen, the skin-boosting superfood du jour) is worth a special trip. It’s one of the most popular dishes, and my personal favorite, at this Japanese hotpot restaurant on Saint Marks. Here, pig trotters are stewed for more than eight hours to create a rich, almost milky soup base and trotters as soft as jelly.
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Drop Off Service
Drop Off Service is a useful bar to know about in the East Village - it’s never as crowded as it seems.
Sushi Kai in the East Village serves high-quality sushi in the form of a sub-$100 omakase, as well as a la carte for delivery and takeout.
Joyface is a bar in the East Village that serves good cocktails and looks like Austin Powers’ apartment.
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Toriko is a yakitori spot in the West Village that serves omakase menus focused on excellent grilled chicken skewers.
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