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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Rai Rai Ken
There’s plenty of ramen in the East Village these days, and no shortage of opinions on where to go. We happen to believe that Rai Rai Ken sits near the top of the heap, mostly because that shoyu ramen is so good, but also because it’s inexpensive and simple.
Hawa Smoothies & Bubble Tea
Hawa Smoothies is a tiny, cash-only juice bar in East Village where the drinks have names like “Hot Passion" and “Pom Queen."
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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.
Shigure is a sake bar in Tribeca with small plates and the ideal volume level for when you’re sick of the fancy cocktail scene.
Pokeworks is a takeout operation in Midtown where you can get your poke in burrito form. If... that’s your thing.
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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.
Shalom Japan is what happens when two chefs from different backgrounds (Japanese & Jewish) fall in love and start making food instead of babies.
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