A few months ago, I wrote about my second favorite izakaya spot in Midtown, Donburiya
. Today I'll finally share with you which restaurant takes the #1 place!
Sandwiched among other small restaurants and bars on East 52nd Street, it's really easy to miss Ariyoshi
. You've got to go up a few steps to enter through a wooden side door. Inside, it's a tiny little place with wood tables, chairs and benches. It looks very unassuming, but the food is amazing and traditional Japanese, and the prices are reasonable.
There is a very loyal lunch following, so on some weekdays you can find yourself waiting 10+ minutes for a table during lunch hour. In addition to their regular menu, they have a lunch set menu which is pretty popular - you get a lot of food!
It's not as busy at dinner time, but I've noticed that the service is significantly slower and the food takes a lot longer to come out. There is usually a steady light stream of people throughout the night though, as they are open until very late at night. You'll probably notice more mugs of beer and sake carafes as the hours tick on. Try out some of the Japanese snacks and join the fun!
These are a few of my favorite dishes at Ariyoshi:
|Tori-Kara Ponzu (Fried chicken with grated radish in ponzu sauce)|