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Map & Directions 157 E. 28th St.
New York, NY 10016
  • Japanese
  • Daily 12pm-11:30pm
  • Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

Momokawa is only one of two Japanese restaurants in town to specialize in the cuisine Kyoto, the capital of Japan before Tokyo. At the heart of the menu are small home-style dishes called obanzai, including wonderful fishcake (shaped like a hamburger and fried to deep brown), yam cake like wobbly cubes of Jell-O, and a Japanese spin of Chinese wonton soup featuring shredded shiso leaf. The sake list is fascinating, and cheaper than most sake bars in town. Unless it"s the winter, skip the shabu-shabu and make a meal out of the many small dishes available, including firefly squid, "tomato with delicious salt," and ochazuke, made with leftover tea poured over leftover rice, and damn good.

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  • Cheapism on 02/25/11

    Descend underground to find this hidden treasure serving cheap, authentic Japanese fare. Choose from 20+ lip-smacking small plates for <$10.

  • Phoenix 💥💥💥 on 02/07/14

    Very reasonable prices

  • Jenny U. on 09/04/11

    This is my favorite place to get Shabu-Shabu at! I always get the beef & order extra mushrooms & watercress. At the end, when the broth is flavorful, they cook & serve udon noodle to you - can't lose!

  • Hannah C. on 05/22/12

    Waste no time, just order the sukiyaki!

  • Sandy on 10/27/11

    This place is pretty small & has a claustrophobic stairway but the sukiyaki is amazing <3

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