There are seldom few Japanese restaurants in Lower Manhattan worth mentioning. Lower Manhattan is like the rest of the City in that there are a lot of Irish pubs; unfortunately for those drifting in Lower Manhattan (the Financial District in particular) it can be a little bit jarring. There seems to be no space for anything; businesses are on top of businesses; and unless you are a Duane Reade, you have no space to yourself.
Fortunately for the diligent consumer who is thirsty for something more, there is Kokura Japanese Restaurant. At Kokura Japanese, guests are insulated by the Brooklyn Bridge and the lazy sway of the South Street Seaport harbor. Guests of Kokura are also treated to a wide assortment of fresh and freshly made Japanese favorites many of which may make their way onto your list of memorable favorites.
For those used to getting their Bento Box from their local Mall Sushi place or their Volcano Roll from their grocery store, they may be taken aback by some of the prices at Kokura Japanese; don’t worry as these prices are not going to go down all that much at anywhere else that’s worth eating from, generally.
But if money is an object (and to whom isn’t it these days?) then why not come in and try some of the Kokura Japanese Restaurant lunch specials? These are an eclectic assortment of Japanese favorites which are all served with California and Shumai Salad and soup and rice! Talk about value! But your choices are the real deal: Chicken Katsu, Tonkatsu, Chicken Teriyaki, Shrimp & Vegetable Tempura, Beef Negimaki, Beef Steak Teriyaki, Salmon Teriyaki, Sushi, Sashimi, Pork Shoagayaki, Chicken Shoagayaki, Chicken Karage, Chicken & Shrimp Tempura, Shrimp Teriyaki, Spicy Tuna Crunch, or 1 Salmon Roll and 1 Spicy Tuna Roll. All but the last are under eight bucks. And you get all the other things listed above.
But even if you think Japanese is not your thing, Kokura has items on their menu which aren’t too scary. Lemon Chicken? Egg Drop Soup? And really, what is a California Roll but rice and avocado and cucumber anyway?
Kokura Japanese Restaurant is a great place to check out if you ever find yourself in the isolation of the South Street Seaport, desperate for something new and fresh, and ready to take an adventurous dive into an exciting new cuisine. And if you’re an old Sushi hack then you’ve probably already been to Kokura Japanese before!
19 South William Street New York, NY 10004. 212-482-8888.