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Family Recipe

231 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002 40.722356 -73.990101
nr. Stanton St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-529-3133 Send to Phone

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

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Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Reservations Not Required


  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju


Accepted/Not Necessary


This venue is closed.

With the openings of Family Recipe and Zoe in the latter half of 2011, a once-quiet block of Eldridge is starting to become something of a restaurant strip. This place feels like a find, with its sleek mid-century vibe, complete with curved oak ceilings along one wall and jazz on the stereo. An L-shaped counter flanks the open kitchen, and from time to time your nostrils are filled with the seductive, brownielike scent of the restaurant's can't-miss chocolate cake: Dessert is decided. Dinner is trickier, with choices to be made from a Japanese-leaning hodgepodge of small plates that generally don't quite meet expectations. A daily-changing trio of pickles is likely to include a delicious thinly shaved daikon with toasted sesame seeds, marinated in yuzu; the citrus fruit is used liberally in other dishes as well, including the Washyu beef prosciutto. Pork buns are in no danger of upsetting the bao pecking order; there was nothing melt-in-your-mouth about thick slabs of tough meat on a recent visit. A rock-shrimp pancake (one of five or so daily specials) is classic okonomyaki, presented in a small cast-iron skillet. With its layers of mayo and gently undulating bonito flakes, it would taste really good after a couple of the large rice beers.

Recommended Dishes

Alice's pickles, $6; chocolate cake, $9.50