Village Yokocho (New York City) from The Best Japanese Bar Food in America Slideshow

The Best Japanese Bar Food in America Slideshow

Dave H.
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Village Yokocho (New York City)

This wild, rambunctious izakaya in the East Village (known for its izakaya-hopping, among other things), is sometimes overshadowed by the exclusive bar that may or may not be hidden in the back room. But after your wallet has been drained by artisan $15 cocktails, you'll be wanting the cheap, flowing sake and charcoal-grilled meats more than ever.

Nothing on the food menu is to be missed, from the Korean do-it-yourself barbecue to the mystic combinations listed in Japanese with bizarre illustrations you must order to make sense of. The affordable and plentiful beer and sake list make these after-cocktail treats taste all the better. A first-pick destination for any New York City izakaya night out.