Mon-Sat, 6pm-midnight; Sun, closed
N, R at 8th St.-NYU
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Hidden away in a former apartment (which used to house Sushi Uo), this long, narrow, and dim drinking and dining destination has an authentic Japanese feel. It’s classified as an izakaya, or a Japanese drinking den, meaning you should order a chilled bottle or glass of the stuff, and a selection of bites that rove across the country’s different culinary styles. If nothing is utterly sublime, it’s all pretty good, and it’s fun having this much variety on one menu. Masu tofu, a fresh, cool slab of bean curd, is accompanied by the usual bonito flakes, green onions, and ginger. It might not be as good as some versions in town, but when it’s sultry out it hits the spot. The raw fish dishes are overall quite fresh, like a sublime scallop sashimi that appeared recently on the specials menu. However, top-of-the-line otoro tuna is probably better saved for ordering at one of the city’s sushi temples. If you stick to the basics here – like a filling crab-and-rice box -- you’ll have a satisfying meal to accompany your sake buzz.
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