JAPANESE BRUNCH, DINNER & DESSERT IN NEW YORK CITY

We at One Peace don’t just love Japanese books, but Japanese food, too. And being located in NY, we’re lucky enough to have access to any number of excellent, authentic restaurants. So much so that I thought I’d give a little tour of the places that, on a perfect day, I’d love to visit for brunch, dinner and dessert…

Starting from the left is Ashbox in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Don’t let the unappetizing name fool you! Ashbox serves up light, homey fare with a Japanese twist. Pictured above are some of their delicious greens, which when paired with their miso soup and homemade onigiri (rice balls) will remind you of sitting in your Japanese mother’s kitchen… even if you’re not Japanese. Also keep an eye out for the cats carved into the wood furniture!

For a nice early dinner, I’d then like to tuck into a steaming bowl of ramen noodles from Totto Ramen in the Theatre District in Manhattan. Ramen joints are no longer a rarity in the city, but Totto is (IMHO, and probably also those of all the people who wait on the absurd lines to get in) the undisputed king. Their noodles are curly and al dente, their custom chicken broth soothing and sublime, and you can even watch as chefs prepare the trademark pieces of fatty pork using the light touch of a blowtorch!

Finally, for dessert I’d head straight to Hiroko’s Place in the South Village for my favorite, a Green Tea Ice Cream Parfait. Now, I know what you’re thinking: what’s so Japanese about a parfait? But the green tea ice cream mixed with red bean paste brings a delicate washoku flavor to this yoshoku treat. Leaning back in one of Hiroko’s comfy chairs while flipping through their manga library would be a perfect end to a day of gastronomical delight.

What are some of your favorite Japanese dishes/restaurants? Anything you wish you could get closer to you? I’m looking for recs in and outside New York!