This Japanese spot in the East Village specializes in a made-from-scratch, slow-simmered, thick curry that’s served with rice, ramen, or udon, as well as toppings like pork katsu or shrimp. No matter which of the 15 options you choose, each bite takes you on a trip from sweet to bitter to spicy (depending on the heat level you choose). And then there’s the yaki curry - a thick, absolutely fantastic mix of curry, ground beef, and rice served under a layer of charred, melted cheese. It fought winter, and it won.
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Bibi is a plain-looking little wine bar in the East Village that’s perfect for a low-key date night.
This East Village Japanese restaurant specializes in shabu shabu and sukiyaki using high-quality beef.
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Next time you’re looking for a date-night restaurant on the LES, book one of the kotatsu tables at Yopparai for some excellent Japanese food and sake.
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Kanoyama serves some of the best sushi you’ll find for the money in the East Village, and maybe all of Manhattan.
Hanon is a casual Japanese spot in Williamsburg that serves some of the best udon in the city.
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