Manhattan's Very Own Tokyo


We all know Manhattan’s East Village for its bars, punks, curry, and late-night eats. But don’t forget the amazing “Little Tokyo” stretch of 9th Street where breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert can all be covered within a one block radius. Here are our picks for must-try dishes that will satisfy every Japanese food lover's cravings:

Hot Cakes
Japanese-style Pancakes with Specialty Butter

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Made fresh to order, these hot cakes will put your favorite IHOP stacks to shame. Light and fluffy, each with a simple dollop of butter on top, this Japanese-style breakfast will melt in your mouth with each and every bite. Who said you can't have dessert for breakfast? Pro tip: ask for an addition of fruit - they will bake it into the pancake.

Hi-Collar 214 E 10th St New York, NY 10003

Lunch Box Set
Tempura, Soba, Mixed Green Salad, Broiled Fish, Mini Chirashi, Assorted Vegetable of the Day

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Looking for a healthy, filling meal? Head to Sobaya for their amazing lunch box set, which is perfect for the indecisive. The cold soba noodles, hearty fish, vegetables, and a delectable dessert will still leave room for a midday snack.

Sobaya 229 E 9th St New York, NY 10003

Tsukune Burger
Chicken Meatball Patty, Shishito Pepper, Tokyo Scallion 
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Yonekichi's signature Tsukune Burger is a chicken sandwich mashup based on the popular yakitori skewer of the same moniker. Unlike your average burger, these “buns” are made from cooked rice and hold a delicious chicken meatball patty packed with flavor. The shishito peppers provide the perfect amount of spice to balance out the savory flavors while a softly fried egg makes it that much more decadent.

Yonekichi 238A E 9th St New York, NY 10003

Hojicha Anmitsu
Green Tea Ice Cream, Red Bean, Tea Jelly, and Glutinous Rice Balls

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If you're interested in trying a traditional Japanese dessert, then this is the perfect sugary bowl for you. A foundation of hojicha jelly is topped with mochi, green tea ice cream, red beans, chestnuts, and sweet black syrup - a funky combination for some and heavenly pairing for others. Don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it!

Cha-An 230 E 9th St, 2nd Fl New York, NY 10003