Category Archives: Casual Japanese


Have you ever heard of a rice burger? It looks a hamburger with compressed rice cakes substituted for the buns. The MOS Burger fast food restaurant chain introduced the concept in 1987, and it has become a popular in Japan and East Asia. I really missed that particular taste and looked for an actual MOS Burger location or a similar alternative one weekend. My Swedish colleague suggested that I visit Little Tokyo within the East Village, mainly because that neighborhood attracts new concepts of Japanese food. Luckily I was able to find exactly what I was looking for at Yonekichi. Normally I am not a big eater and one regular hamburger is the perfect amount, but I could not just pick one during this visit! I settled for two choices — Tsukune, a chicken meatball patty, and Mugifuji Pork, a pork BBQ. Both tasted like heaven combined with flashback memories from my high school days when I had something similar as afternoon snacks!


Price: $8-$15 per person

Neighborhood: Little Tokyo, East Village

Dining option: Take out window with small chairs available out front


Wateishoku Kaneda

Mitsuwa Market Place is a Japanese grocery mall that sells Japanese products ranging from food and appliances to books and cosmetics.


Wateishoku Kaneda is one of several food court vendors. Wateishoku (Or teishoku) means “fixed menu” and the entrée often comes with side dishes such as pickled vegetables and miso soup. Together with bento boxes, teishoku was introduced to the US and has become popular among Japanese food lovers. Kaneda offers a popular selection of teishoku. I ordered Tonkatsu Teishoku. I honestly did not have high expectations in terms of quality, however, the Tonkatsu was surprisingly thick and delicious – all for $10.


There is a bus route several times a day from Port Authority. It is a good half-day trip from Manhattan!

Price range: $10-$15

Neighborhood: Technically located in NJ, but good view of Manhattan

Dress code: Casual

Dining Alone: No concerns, very comfortable

Take Out: Yes