Turning Japanese

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Momosan Ramen and Sake Bar- Iron Chef makes ramen gold…

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: White and bright, they make the most of the space available
  • sip: Wine, beer, extensive sake list
  • savor: zuke don; gyoza; tonkotsu ramen; tan tan ramen
  • sit: By yourself at the bar or a counter seat ( still must see hostess) or with someone you feel comfortable slurping with. More people means more extras to share...
  • spend: $$
  • address: 342 Lexington Avenue (between 39th and 40th)
  • phone number: (646) 201-5529
  • website: www.momosanramen.com
Kosaka NYC
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Kosaka-Coming in Strong

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Quiet, elegant and casual, a premium sushi bar experience
  • sip: Sake to me
  • savor: Omakase
  • sit: With you fish loving friend; I don't recommend a group of more than 3 at the sushi bar because it is hard to talk to each other all in a row
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 220 West 13th Street
  • phone number: (212)727-1709
  • website: www.kosakanyc.com
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Shuko – Ohhhhh makase

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Large, light wood counter and brick walls that allow a view of some of the chef action; elegant, clean space but not stuffy or over the top; there is a small private room downstairs
  • sip: Sake, wine, beer, prices are not terrible
  • savor: Omakase or Kaiseki, decisions, decisions
  • sit: With your friend who is an adventurous eater; someone in from out of town that you want to impress
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 47 East 12th Street
  • phone number: (212) 228-6088
  • website: www.shukonyc.com
Dieci NY
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Dieci, A Ten

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Unassuming from the outside, small, and minimally decorated, it is no frills but cool
  • sip: Sake, beer, wine
  • savor: Egg, caviar, uni; pork buns; lamb bolognese ramen
  • sit: With a date you want to impress with foodie cred; with your adventurous girl friend
  • spend: $$
  • address: 228 East 10th Street (between First and Second Avenue)
  • phone number: (212)387-9545
  • website: www.dieciny.com
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Sushi Nakazawa- Pants Dream of Sushi

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Lot's of foodies taking pictures and trying to engage the chef; sophisticated and sleek with a black and white color palette
  • sip: sake pairing; wine
  • savor: Omakase!!!
  • sit: With a friend, significant other or parent at the sushi bar
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 23 Commerce Street
  • phone number: (212) 924-2212
  • website: www.sushinakazawa.com
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Donguri- Obsessed

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Small spot with tables along one wall; brightly lit yet cozy and simple
  • sip: Sake to me
  • savor: Everything; sashimi; sweet corn fritters; SOUP
  • sit: With a date that you are not afraid to slurp with; with your parents for a casual dinner in the hood or a friend
  • spend: $$$
  • address: 309 East 83rd Street #2
  • phone number: (212) 737-5656
  • website: www.itoen.com/donguri‎
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Ichimura at Brushstroke – Our Jiro!

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Enter Brushstroke, and turn right behind a curtain to find eight Sushi-philes seated at Mr. Ichimura's bleached wood sushi bar
  • sip: Brushstroke's creative cocktails can be ordered (ahem, the Hommage), or else a wonderful sake selection served in glass teapots, wine, and Japanese beer (including Coedo, which we were THRILLED to see)
  • savor: Omakase only, bitches
  • sit: There's only 8 seats, and Mr. Ichimura is so meticulous he makes sure the staff spaces them appropriately
  • spend: $$$$
  • address: 30 Hudson Street (at Duane Street)
  • phone number: (212) 513-7141
  • website: www.davidbouley.com
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Ippudo – Sometimes Having Nothing to Say Says it All

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Everyone from NYU students, to tourists, to Anne Hathaway comes here for their ramen fill. Nicer ambiance than your average East Village noodle spot.
  • sip: Mediocre wine, decent Japanese beer & sake by the glass and bottle
  • savor: RAMEN! Any kind will do, but the Miso Ramen is a personal Pants favorite
  • sit: Solo at the communal table, with a group at a cushy banquette, or if you are a lucky, one of few tables for 2.
  • spend: $$
  • address: 65 4th Avenue (btw 9th St & 10th St)
  • phone number: (212) 388-0088
  • website: http://www.ippudony.com
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Best Fancy Sushi: Sushi of Gari

Pants at a Glance
  • scene: Think of it as dinner theater; sit at the sushi bar and watch the Masters at work
  • sip: Sake; wine; beeer
  • savor: Omakase!!!
  • sit: With anyone who appreciates sushi or is willing to try new things; with a friend from out of town who thinks they know sushi; with someone with an expense account
  • spend: $$$$