Method is a dark Japanese restaurant on 9th Avenue that projects seasonally-appropriate Youtube videos (snowboarding in the winter, etc) onto the wall and has its own sake bar attached next door. And when you put it all together, the combination of Youtube compilations, big sake list, and date-night atmosphere actually works. Especially for situations where you don’t want to decide if you’re just getting drinks and snacks or a full-on dinner until about 20 minutes into the evening. They have Japanese-inspired small plates for sharing, a full sake bar and drink list, and some bigger things like tempura, duck, venison steak, and a daily sashimi special for $50. They also have a solid lunch special, if you work in the area.
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Taladwat is a casual Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where you can get two entrees with rice for $18.
Legacy Records is a big restaurant in Hudson Yards from the team behind Pasquale Jones and Charlie Bird. It’s pricey, but worth it.
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A tiny little ramen spot on the Lower East Side, serving up some very good soups that aren't as heavy as many others.
All observations about the clientele aside, Nobu 57 is still a pretty damn good meal. It’s hard not to love those classic dishes, as long as you can swallow the hefty price tag.
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Four years after our first review, Danji is still the restaurant we recommend most in the Midtown/Times Square area.
The Marshal is a perfect neighborhood restaurant in Hell's Kitchen with dedicated regulars and an appreciation for New York.
Five years after it opened, the original location of Totto Ramen is still packed pretty much all of the time. That's because it's still awesome.
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