First-time restaurateur Ruth Koga has opened this pint-size restaurant, to supplement New York's sea of sushi bars with Japanese soul food—the everyday cooking of her childhood in Kumamoto. Against a colorful backdrop of red-tiled walls, diners can order from a short menu that includes BBQ kobe beef steak, marinated fried chicken and deep-fried kurobuta pork cutlets.
401 E 13th St
|Cross street:||at First Ave|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: L to First or Third Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $10. Cash only|