Izakaya NoMad

Feel like having a variety of foods grilled for you Japanese style? This is the place to be if you are around the NoMad/Flatiron area. Definitely get the mochi wrapped in smoked bacon (for that difference in texture) and beef tongue. I know, I know, beef tongue sounds gross but it’s good. Just think of it as regular beef and your stomach will thank your brain.

Hint: Bring a friend so you can share more different types of dishes!

izakaya NoMad
13 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010

Cha-An Teahouse

This place ended up being a great second choice to Boise Tea Parlor when it’s closed for a private party (boo!). You can get your craving of tea, have a decently priced lunch, and indulge on the desserts at Cha-An.

Lunch Set:

Now I am on the search for 7 grain rice to make on my own since the one that comes with the lunch set is so delicious.

Individual Desserts:

Closer look at the Chef Dessert Sampler:

The desserts are not overly sweet and the chef sampler allows you try many different things. If I have to pick a favorite? Anything with mochi is a good choice. But only if you like mochi!

Cha-an Teahouse
230 East 9th St. 2nd Fl., New York, NY 10003

Jun-Men Ramen

Short and sweet: sweet potatoes fries is definitely a must order. The syrupy maple butter with the mayo on the side makes a great sweet tooth appetizer.

Tip: If you get the chicken buns, order the sauce on the side. It gets everywhere and it would just be a lot easier to eat if you dip each bite instead.

Jun-Men Ramen
249 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Ootoya Chelsea

Tip: Go for the ‘mini’ version of the soba and dinner sets if you want to try everything.

My two favorite things: the asparagus wrapped pork belly and the pumpkin and sweet potato ice cream. Wrapping asparagus in anything meat related will get me to eat it. Otherwise, I would never order asparagus by itself.

Why was the ice cream a favorite? There was a small potato in the parfait!! And it worked! Imagine eating a really sweet cold boiled potato with your ice cream. I kid you not, it was so good!

OOTOYA Chelsea
8 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Sakagura

This place is across from Sushi Yasuda and located in the basement of a building. My favorites are the soft boiled egg with seach urchin, beef back ribs, and the black sesame creme brulee! If this is your first time here, definitely try the hot foods first.

Sakagura
211 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

Totto Ramen (51st Street)

I came to this Totto ramen a little before 2pm on a weekday and there was plenty of seating. I ordered the pork bun, uni don, and chicken ramen. The pork bun was pretty good but a tad bit more mayo than I liked. The uni don was delicious! The uni was melt in your mouth soft and whatever sauce they put in the rice really complimented the dish. The chicken ramen was very creamy and fulfilling, but the best part was the noodles. Love the al dente noodles!

Would definitely come back again for the uni don and the pork bun. For lunch, the uni don was half off!

Totto Ramen (Yelp)
464 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Mu Ramen

Since they just opened, I would suggest getting a reservation. Otherwise, you would be waiting for a long time! Mu Ramen only accept same day reservations and the phone line opens at 3pm: 917.868.8903.

Mu Ramen
1209 Jackson Ave, Long Island City. NY 11101