Of all the restaurants in the East Village, Uminoie might be the one that feels the most like someone’s home. It’s a long, narrow space in the bottom of an apartment building on 4th Street, the menus are handwritten and taped together like summer camp arts and crafts projects, and all the food comes out of a tiny kitchen located directly behind the bar. The menu is pretty small, but expect things like monkfish liver in ponzu, an eel omelette, and massive chunks of pork belly in a rich, salty broth. And be sure to drink some sake or shochu with whatever you order.
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Ise is a solid Japanese place in the East Village where you can get some sushi or soba and still have enough money to buy a few rounds at Ace Bar.
Jiang Diner is a casual East Village spot that specializes in Northwestern Chinese food.
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For all of the things that Williamsburg does have when it comes to restaurants, one thing it doesn’t seem to have is excellent sushi. Unfortunately, Bozu only proves that point.
Maki Kosaka is a nice, casual sushi spot in Flatiron with outdoor seating available for lunch and dinner.
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Nonono is a Japanese restaurant in Nomad where you can try a ton of great food and still have an affordable dinner.
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