Japanese Restaurants In New York City
Japanese Restaurant Review in the Broadway Theater district In New York City
350 West 46th Street (Between 8th and 9th Avenues)
Phone: (212) 581-3198
When Japanese food first became popular back in the 1970s, it took a while for American’s to come around to appreciating the concept (and texture) of the raw fish. Now it seems New Yorkers can’t get enough of it. You can’t go too many blocks in midtown without finding a Japanese restaurant. With all the places to choose from, how do you know which one to pick? We have found that time and time again Ocha’s simple décor and high-quality fresh seafood keep us returning time and again. Located on what has been frequently referred to as “restaurant row,” (46th street from 6th - 10th avenues) is a melting pot of cuisines. On any day, you’ll find people handing out menus of every type of restaurant imaginable trying to entice the passers-by with dinner specials and pre-fixe menus. While Ocha does have a few great values, they have no need to promote the place. While sitting in the restaurant on a rainy afternoon, the phones were ringing off the hook for delivery while wet patrons strolled in and sat at the pleasant L-shaped sushi bar. We dove right in and ordered the Sashimi lunch special ($10.95) which came with 10 large fresh pieces of fish. We tried a few hot appetizers to see how they would fair and ordered the beef negamaki- which was quite tasty but a tad chewy beef rolled up around scallions sushi-style and cooked in a thick savory eel-like sauce. The tempura for the non-raw-fish lovers was light and crispy but we were fond of the Pizushi ($8.25). A combination of a scallion pancake topped with seaweed and spicy tuna and special sauce. With so many specialty rolls to choose from we had a hard time deciding what was best, so here were some of our favorites: The dragon roll ($11.95) melted in our mouths and was enormous; The Spring Roll had a kick and an addictive crunch ($6.95) but the best was the Magic Roll ($14.95). In presentation alone, this massive roll of goodness was a full meal in and of itself. Shrimp and avocado surrounded a mass of spicy tuna and cucumber. The lunch specials are worth the trip into Manhattan (even if you aren’t seeing a show!) as you can get two rolls and 3 pieces of sushi for $11.25 and it comes with soup or salad.
- accepts all major credit cards (minimum charge $15)
- open Monday-Thursday 11:00am-11:00pm, Friday-Saturday 11:00pm-11:30pm and Sunday 12:00pm- 11:00pm
1626 Broadway (At 49th Street)
Kitschy atmosphere and fun addictive menu help you forget this pan-Asian spot geared to group-sharing is a chain.
Recommended dishes: Chicken and Shrimp Pad Thai, Pineapple Fried Rice, Garlic Chicken, Peking Duck Roll
Price Range: Lunch: appetizers ($2.95-$19.50),entrees ($7-$30)
Dinner: same as above