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Chikubu

12 E. 44th St., New York, NY 10017 40.75437 -73.979061
nr. Madison Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-818-0715 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

B, D, F, M at 42nd St.-Bryant Park

Prices

$15-$25

Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

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Midday, this well-kept, refined Japanese restaurant swells with suits and ties sipping sake at wooden tables or lined up at the small sushi bar, over which dangle cartoonish models of blowfish. Dinner’s significantly calmer, often quiet enough to hear a sizzle from across the room as waitresses mix rice, seafood, and sweet sauce in an earthenware bowl for kamamechi—Japan’s answer to Korean bibimbap. Dishes clink as waitresses dressed in yukata, traditional Japanese robes, place them on tables already crowded with other small appetizers: Salty salmon roe topped with grated daikon radish, simple boiled octopus, and boiled scallions along with your choice of raw seafood, such as rich yellowtail or unusually tender giant clam. Crab dumplings have delicate skins and a crabmeat filling that’s sweet, briny—and real. These delicious and relatively typical home-style Japanese dishes have their atypical counterparts for adventurous palates: Salted sea slug intestines share the menu with hebo, described as "sweet young bee with honey soy sauce." Diminutive appetizer portions require ordering hearty main courses to fill up, like the fabulous tempura soba, a rich-broth soup with a tangle of bright green soba noodles perfumed with green tea.

Extra

On Fridays at lunchtime, lines form for off-menu but beloved pork ramen and fresh soba noodles.

Recommended Dishes

Crab shumai, $8; tempura soba, $15; sea urchin sushi roll, $9

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