Japanese cuisine is one of the world's most diverse, with something to suit every taste. Whether you're craving a light, healthy order of sushi or a decadent bowl of rich tonkotsu ramen, we've rounded up five Manhattan restaurants that offer the best in Japanese food—and will deliver it to your door.
249 9th Ave.
This hip ramen shop is a hot ticket in West Chelsea, with fewer than two dozen seats. But you can cut the line and enjoy its famed tonkotsu "pork bone" ramen (in regular or spicy versions) without leaving your couch.
If you're looking to stop a cold in its tracks, the Korean-influenced kimchi ramen, with pork belly and plenty of thick, spicy kimchi broth, is sure to clear your sinuses. And there's also an ultra-umami mazemen (brothless ramen) with uni, roasted pancetta, porcini butter, truffle oil, fried shallots, scallion, and parmesan cheese.
216 Thompson St.
Specializing in classic sushi and sashimi, Okinii offers rolls both standard (California roll, spicy tuna roll) and elaborate (the American Dream roll, with avocado-wrapped spicy tuna and cucumber on top, and salmon, tuna, yellowtail, eel sauce, and spicy mayo in the middle).
If you're sharing with a friend, check out the sushi combos, which come packed with more than 40 pieces of nigiri and sashimi for $20-25 per person.
Glaze Teriyaki Grill
139 4th Ave.
The teriyaki shop is a longstanding institution in Seattle, with dozens of small Japanese-American shops slinging chicken in a sweet and savory sauce with steamed rice and salad. Glaze is aiming to update that tradition for sustainability-conscious New Yorkers, with small-batch sauces, marinades, and dressings made from scratch daily.
In addition to the standard chicken, protein options include steak, salmon, and tofu, and you can also mix and match gyoza, shrimp shumai, or edamame with your order.
12 W. 23rd St.
While it won't get any authenticity points, this West Coast import specializing in oversize "sushi burritos" definitely scores on deliciousness—and is also cheaper than a couple of standard sushi rolls at most spots.
Crowd favorites include the Sumo Crunch (surimi crab, shrimp tempura, red tempura flakes, cucumber, red and green cabbage, sriracha aioli, and ginger guac) and the Geisha's Kiss (soy-marinated yellowfin tuna, lotus chips, roasted piquillo peppers, tamago, pickled cucumbers, yuzu tobiko, green leaf lettuce, and ginger guac). There are snacks like edamame, too.
53 Delancey St.
This small-plates spot offers a variety of Asian cuisines, but its selection of Japanese food is the most extensive, with options like spicy edamame stir-fried with garlic and chili, gyoza, baked miso black cod, and eel and seaweed rice bowls. There's also a full selection of sushi.
Many regulars are fond of Doka's affordable lunch options, including a $12 sushi box with four pieces of nigiri or six pieces of sashimi, salad, and a choice of a California or Alaska roll, vegetable spring roll or shumai, and miso soup or a soda.
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