MEW Izakaya: my new favorite late night dining spot

MEW Izakaya
MEW Izakaya
53 West 35th Street (between 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10016

SOOO EXCITED! Rarely do I go to a new restaurant and know immediately that I’ll be a regular from that moment on. MEW Izakaya is now my favorite late night dining spot. LAW and I tend to eat really late (my terrible work schedule doesn’t help) so I’m so so so happy to have found MEW.

MEW Izakaya
Izakayas are Japanese late night drinking spots that also serve food. MEW is an amazing izakaya tucked underground in K-Town (you literally walk downstairs). Most of the crowd fits under the “hip asian” category (think shaved heads with pony tails, denim on denim, and beanies that sit straight up on your head). The menu is an awesome mash up of Japanese foods with Western flair. I literally am going to go back again and again until I’ve tried everything.

MEW Izakaya
We had the MEW Special Roll and Trio of Salmon Pressed Sushi (no full menu online so can’t give exact prices – pretty much everything was under $10). Both were deeeelicious and had torched salmon on top. The rice at MEW is super high quality. Given these sushi rolls, I’m definitely going to need to try a rice bowl.

MEW Izakaya
I ordered a Yuzu soju kind of drink (~$5). Was just mildly alcoholic and very tasty.

MEW Izakaya
Waiter suggested this Udon with cream sauce and kimchi dish (~$9) which was apparently a bestseller. Almost every table had one of these and I now know why. It is very, very unique and so addicting. The cream sauce and the thick, chewy udon noodles with the spice and acidity from the kimchee was a fabulous combo. Really addicting.

MEW Izakaya
GARLIC FRIED RICE (~$6). So simple. So delish. So egg. So yolk. So give me more.

MEW Izakaya
This mackerel was super fresh. Very tender and sweet. Tasted great with a squeeze of lemon and a side of grated daikon. And it was only $9!

MEW IzakayaWe ended the meal with mochi ice cream. $3 for two – not bad at all. The green tea one was nice and bitter.

Can’t wait to come back and try everything else. There are a bunch of stews/soups that looked fantastic. There’s a spicy beef ramen that seemed pretty popular. They have various rice bowls that look GREAT. I highly recommend this place for a cheap, delicious, and interesting meal.

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