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.
More spots in East VillageSee more
Motorino isn't the best pizza in New York City, but it is one of our most frequented pizza joints in town.
More Japanese spotsSee more
Sushi On Me
Sushi On Me is a party sushi omakase spot in a basement in Jackson Heights where you can drink unlimited sake and eat delicious nigiri for under $100.
Shuko, an unmarked Japanese spot near Union Square, is our favorite omakase experience in NYC.
Suggested by our writers
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.
Filter and browse restaurants near you
Text us for personalized recommendationsLearn more