Japanese Fusion in New York City- Weekday Itinerary
Come experience Japanese fusion in New York City with me. One of my favorite things to do in New York City is experience different cultures. This is the great Melting Pot that everyone talks about. And it’s true. There’s a different culture at every corner.
In the mood for some culture? Head on over to Japan Society. This is not a place that I have been to personally. It is a Japanese art gallery that is not far from The Chrysler Building. Check their website to see what events and exhibits they’re having currently.
333 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017 https://www.japansociety.org/
Next, visit the Katagiri Japanese grocery store. There’s a lot of history in this store. This store is the oldest Japanese grocery store in the U.S. It was established in 1907 as the first Japanese store in New York by two brothers who came from Japan. Back then there weren’t many Japanese people in New York so they focused on the local customers and sold things like coffee and tea. They also sold Japanese groceries. There are two locations in New York City. I did not visit the original location. The original location details are below . Check out their website to see photos of the original store and how it looked 100 years ago.
The store that I went to is on Lexington Avenue near Grand Central Terminal. I like the fact that you can get freshly made Japanese foods. And I’m not just talking about sushi. Rice dishes with meats and other filings. Make sure you come early because the popular ones are going to be gone first. There are a lot of staples in bulk that you can buy at the store. Expect a wide selection of tofu. There are lots of desserts as well. I made sure I got some Taiyaki (fish-shaped pastry). In the back there is a place that makes fresh sushi and sashimi.
370 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10017 (Location I visited)
224 E 59th St, New York, NY 10022 (Original Location) http://katagiri.com/
Head over to Wagamama on 3rd Avenue for lunch. This is where the Japanese fusion part comes in. Because this is definitely not authentic Japanese food. Wagamama offers a wide selection of noodle dishes that are very fresh and unique. I talked about Wagamama in this post about how NYC is a foodie paradise. I decided to go for what I had had the last time, the noodles with the shrimp. What’s the phrase? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.
605 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10158 https://www.wagamama.us/
Hop on the subway for shopping. You’ll be heading downtown to SoHo. This is another spot that’s on my list. I hope to be able to check it out soon. They sell lots of cute novelty items. Think of stationary and plushies that are shaped like bubble tea. They also have collaborations with companies such as Disney and Coca-Cola.
490 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 https://minisousaonline.com/
Continue to walk off your lunch and head on over to MUJI. I have not visited this particular location but I visited MUJI in Dubai. Expect a lot of high-quality basics. They sell linen clothes which are all the rage right now. There are also a lot of packing items and stationery supplies.
455 Broadway, New York, NY 10013 https://www.muji.com/us/
Raku – SOHO
The last stop is Raku. This is not to be confused with “Raku-It’s Japanese”. That is a completely different restaurant. I have not personally been to Raku. The reviews are extremely good. There is a location in Soho as well as the East Village. The Soho location is obviously closest to MINISO and MUJI.
48 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012 https://rakunyc.com/
Wasn’t that fun? See the whole itinerary on the Google Map below.
Where do you want to head to next? I’m open to your suggestions in the comments.