Brought to us by the owner of the Sushi Hana and Lemongrass Grill chains, Izu specializes in Japanese bar food: a selection of traditional Izakaya fare like buta kakuni (braised pork with potato and onion in a thick soy broth) and maguro natto, a love-it-or-hate-it dish of fermented soybeans and tuna. Less intrepid diners can fill up on yakitori skewers and teriyaki plates while wannabe warblers can have their karaoke and eat, too: The downstairs lounge has a full menu and your choice of private karaoke rooms.
9 E 13th St
|Cross street:||between Fifth Ave and University Pl|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–2am; Fri noon–3am; Sat 1pm–3am; Sun 1pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq|
|Price:||Average small plate: $8. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|