Reviewed by Karen G.
"Although not as extravagantly fancy as the Karaoke bars in Asia, if you want to have a fun time testing out those vocal cords with unlimited drinks wi ..." more
366 3rd Avenue
New York, NY 10016
Party Earth Review The name of this sake bar is louder than its appearance as a flashing “ON AIR” sign beckons visitors to venture down the narrow marble staircase at Decibel, a tightly packed and very dark space highlighted by a single bar eerily lit with rope lights and decked out in a mix of old Japan and downtown Manhattan. With its graffiti ... more
240 East 9th Street
New York, NY 10003-7530
Fusion Restaurant / Lounge
Party Earth Review Upscale lounge junkies collide with sushi aficionados at BONDST, a NoHo hotspot where the fusion menu looks as good as it tastes and the only thing prettier than the patrons are the waitresses. Vintage lace-backed windowpanes and a simple awning out front keep passersby in the dark about the elaborate interior, where dapper ... more
6 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012
Now that spicy tuna rolls can be found in any old one-horse town, New York Japanese restaurants no longer have the market cornered on American sushi. Even though Japanese cuisine is more de rigueur than trendy, you can bet that Japanese restaurants in New York find new ways to be innovative and stylish.
Swanky lounges like NoHo’s BONDST bring in the see-and-be-seen crowd, who appreciate the upscale décor as much as the food. BONDST’s dining room is blocked off from pedestrian view, so it’s always-full house of pretty people can enjoy exclusivity. Top-notch Japanese fusion cuisine mirrors the fusion interior, with a sprawling cherry tree next to velvet drapes and lounge seating.
On the other end of the spectrum, Japanese food served in small, dark rooms appeals to artist and designer types. Decibel has nothing in common with lounges like BONDST besides its Japanese cuisine. Here, graffiti and a good luck cat welcome hipsters ready for nigari and sake.
New York’s Japanese restaurant scene includes posh hotspots, edgy downtown secrets, and hole-in-the-wall storefronts that might serve the coolest maki you’ve ever had. In a town where this cuisine has been popular for ages, the diversity of restaurants brings the flavors to widely different groups of people.