Restaurants, Japanese Midtown West
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Expats and Japanophiles can tuck into tonkatsu and yakitori at the second location of this popular, and TONY-approved, Tokyo comfort-food chain, which boasts more than 100 locations in Tokyo alone. Called the T.G.I. Friday's of Japan—only better—the restaurant highlights teishoku, meal sets served alongside rice, asazuke pickles, miso soup and steamed egg custard: Options include cinnamon-marinated pork belly, horse mackerel with ponzu sauce and deep-fried chicken topped with soft-boiled egg and grated radish. Twenty-seven varieties of sake and shochu are poured at the amber-lit light-wood bar.


Venue name: Ootoya
Address: 141 W 41st St
New York
Cross street: between Sixth and Seventh Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St–Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave
Price: Average entrée: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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"Good food" and "midtown" are not phrases that often fall together, unless prefaced by "There is no". Ootoya changes all of that, though, with it's more intimate 2nd location (2 blocks from my office - YESS!!). It's no surprise that there is always a wait to get a seat. We went for lunch, and between 5 of us I think we managed to have a little bit of everything. The daily special is a really a treat (pictured) if you're in the mood to splurge (I was). Regardless, you'll leave with a full belly and a satiated appetite. 


Just as good as the original location. Not as much seating and is significantly smaller but the food and service is just as good. I recommend getting there when doors open to avoid waiting for too long.