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From sushi to sake: the 6 best izakayas in New York City

Also in Midtown is Izakaya NoMad, located at 13 W. 26th St. (between Broadway and 5th Ave.), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving it four stars out of 534 reviews. Look for offerings like enoki mushrooms wrapped in smoked bacon, okonomiyaki (a Japanese-style pancake with meat, seafood and vegetables) and vegetable tempura.

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Bringing Japanese Comfort Food to NoMad

New York’s izakaya boom is still going strong, with dozens of Japanese gastropubs serving up skewers and small plates of Japanese comfort food. High on the list is Izakaya NoMad, which opened in mid-2014. Not to be confused with the NoMad Hotel nearby on Broadway and W. 28th, Izakaya NoMad is one of the shining stars of this resurgent neighborhood.



Izakaya NoMad’s Uni and Toro is a Decadent Duo

The Madison Square Park area has never been known for izakaya, the Japanese gastropubs that are haunts of salarymen, sake drinkers, and adventurous eaters alike. Izakaya NoMad is out to change all that as I learned during a press dinner recently. With  a whimsical dining room featuring a Godzilla mural, it  offers an accessible alternative that sits somewhere between the rarefied air of a Sakagura and St. Marks’ grease bespattered yakitori joints.