Try It: Ju Hachi


When I’m craving Japanese cuisine but want to avoid noisy crowds, I head to quiet, peaceful little Ju Hachi in midtown. This friendly spot offers a more laid-back, personalized dining experience than many other options in town, and it also warmly welcomes my kids. We dropped in recently and savored the restaurant’s bountiful bowl of tender chicken teriyaki, the crispy shrimp and vegetable tempura, and Ju Hachi’s popular (and luscious) Susan Roll—stuffed full of asparagus, snow crab and seaweed salad, and smothered with warm grilled eel, tuna and spicy cream sauce. Save room for Ju Hachi’s mochi ice cream dessert—it’s the perfect, sweet ending to a very satisfying dinner.