Whether you’re looking for some crunchy comfort food to bring to a Central Park picnic or a solo Pose marathon on your couch, order yourself a katsu sando from Curry Mania. This counter-service Japanese curry shop operates inside of a ramen restaurant right across the street from the 72nd Street train stop on the UWS. We often wake up in the middle of the night thinking about their croquette sando - with carb-heavy deep-fried potato and creamy coleslaw on toasted milk bread. But we also love their pork tenderloin sando, which has a perfect balance of crunchy and squishy elements. No matter where you choose to eat, each sando order comes with four thick halves and a small tub of coleslaw on the side, leaving you with enough food for at least two fantastic meals.
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A reliable lunch option when you need something quick on the Upper West Side.
If you’re looking to have a fun group dinner by 96th Street on the UWS, Moonrise Izakaya is the best choice.
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An underground izakaya on 35th Street best used for drunk nights after a show at Madison Square Garden.
Kokage is a Japanese spot run by the same people as Kajitsu, and it works for a nice (but less formal) lunch or dinner around Grand Central.
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Wildair is a casual wine bar on the Lower East Side, attached to the acclaimed tasting menu restaurant Contra.
Chick Chick on the UWS serves an entire menu dedicated to Korean fried chicken, and you should (in turn) dedicate yourself to their entire menu.
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