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Best Japanese That Isn’t Sushi

MEGU
62 Thomas St.
212-964-7777

Masa is rightly touted as a Japanese-food lover’s nirvana. But if austere perfection and a $350-a-head tab for raw fish isn’t what you’re in the mood for, try Megu. The space is oversize, extravagant, ridiculously theatrical—and as inviting as your first glimpse of Disneyland. The menu is ludicrously complicated, exhausting—and full of attractively priced, extraordinary food. Forget trying to choose for yourself. Surrender control and let the expert servers guide you to fried rice tossed with oysters and kimchee, panko-crusted needlefish, Kobe beef sautéed in grated ginger with soy butter, and chocolate laced with yuzu. Each dish is imaginative, delicious, and served with unabashed flair.

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