156 East 45th Street, 212-922-9788
Trust the Japanese to know exactly what it is you’re supposed to do with Spam. At Oms/b, the efficient female staff slice it into thick slabs, glue it on a puck-size rice cake with a dab of mayo, and then, with the delicate precision of a Kate’s Paperie gift wrapper, tie a pretty nori ribbon around it. That racy, nouveau model is just one of the delicious creations at this bento-box-size shop dedicated to omusubi, the variously stuffed or topped rice balls that are the Japanese-fast-food equivalent of a pizza slice. The shop’s more traditional—and portable—omusubi are triangular and filled with a modest amount of anything from spicy tuna salad to pickled plums, before they’re folded into a sheet of crisp seaweed that makes a handy, delicious wrapper.
Best Japanese Fast Food
From the 2004 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
Where can you find the city’s top dog groomer? Last-minute tailor? Beef tongue? We eat, drink, dance, shop, shvitz, and trampoline our way around the city, not to mention poll scores of in-the-know colleagues, hard-partying friends, opinionated family members, and, this year, a team of guest expert bloggers to bring you answers to all of the above questions, and hundreds more, in the form of our annual “Best of New York” issue.