The quintessential NYC bagel—hand-rolled and kettle-boiled—is the raison d’être of this popular local eatery, with three outposts on the island of Manhattan. Classic deli sandwiches (hot pastrami or corned beef on artisanal rye with sour pickles and slaw), pastries (Russian coffee cake), smoked fish and deli meats by the pound are also on offer. B, L & D (daily).
Sleek, upscale and dimly lit digs set the scene for a menu that can include specialties such as kinoko no kama meshi (rice hotpot with wild mushrooms and Japanese vegetables) and lobster no oven yaki (roasted lobster with shizo-ponzu butter). House-branded sake and housemade specialty cocktails are on offer at this contemporary Japanese staple, which has locations in 11 different cities internationally. L (M-F), D (nightly). $$$