The name is pronounced “omusubi,” and it refers to the Japanese stuffed rice ball that serves the same purpose as a sandwich: It’s a starchy, satisfying, portable meal. The 14-seat restaurant’s nori-wrapped, palm-size triangles of rice are packed with tasty fillings (pickles, bonito flakes, pastrami). Grab a few of these and you’ll have a healthful, original lunch for less than five bucks. Or order a deal of three rice balls, a small appetizer and a cup of miso soup for about the same price as a fast-food combo.
156 E 45th St
|Cross street:||between Lexington and Third Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 8am–7:30pm; Sat 11:30am–5pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
|Price:||Average main course: $8. Cash only|