At Yaya Tea on Chrystie Street, you can get sizeable onigiri for less than $4 a pop. Our favorite is the one with tempura shrimp, which comes with lots of mayo and a crispy nori wrapper. If you’re in Bensonhurst, Elmhurst, or Gramercy, know that Yaya has locations there too.
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