This is a little counter inside of a Japanese grocery store (Katagiri) on Lexington Avenue. If you need something quick for lunch or dinner, get a few rice balls to go - they’re filled with things like grilled salmon, shrimp tempura, and pickled plums, and they’re only a few dollars each. Also worth noting, Katagiri is lined with shelves of pre-packaged food as well lots of Japanese candy and snacks.
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The National is a seasonal restaurant and brasserie in Midtown with solid eats for all meals at prices that aren’t cheap but aren’t abusive.
Riki is a casual Japanese restaurant near Grand Central where you can order some yakitori and okonomiyaki before your train.
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Maison Yaki in Prospect Heights is where you go to sit on a red leather barstool and eat classic French cooking-inspired yakitori.
Peng’s Noodle Folk
At Peng’s, you can get a variety of noodle and rice dishes. It’s some of the best casual food on the Upper East Side, especially if you like ramen.
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Sakagura is an izakaya-style Japanese restaurant that’s hidden in the basement of a very normal Midtown office building.
Urbanspace Vanderbilt is a food hall on Park Avenue in Midtown East with a bunch of options for a quick lunch.
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