Ootoya is a Japanese restaurant chain with many locations in Japan and three in NYC. Both the space and the menu are huge, and a meal here can be affordable if you order right. It isn’t going to be the best Japanese food you’ll ever have, but they do a good pork katsu curry and the pressed salmon sushi is fun to eat with its three different preparations. That’s only a fraction of the menu, however. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Come here the next time you’re near Times Square and you want to eat some decent Japanese food without spending a stupid amount of money.
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Now, Lexington Brass is infinitely better than most of the tourist trap garbage that you’ll find in this part of our fine city. There’s no question about that. But this place is dangerous because it actually might lead people to believe that this is what the “cool” NYC restaurants are like.
Los Tacos No. 1
Hopefully you aren’t in Times Square. But if you are, you should go eat some tacos at Los Tacos No. 1. They’re some of the best in NYC.
Uncle Gussy’s is a Greek food truck on Park Avenue in Midtown East where you can get a ton of good for $7.
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This is the Cocoron team’s second shabushabu omakase restaurant on the LES, and it’s great for a special occasion dinner.
Omusubi Gonbei is a counter in a Japanese grocery store in Midtown East where you can pick up some great rice balls.
Mo’s Original is an affordable ramen spot in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with smoked jerk meats that will make you wish you had a smoker of your own.
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