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A Guide to Little Tokyo in NYC (What to see, where to eat & what to do!)

March 20, 2023

Looking to explore Little Tokyo in NYC? Then keep reading for all the info you might need!

Little Tokyo in NYC is a hidden gem, and if you’re looking to learn more about this amazing (but tiny) part of NYC, then you’ve come to the right place!

If you’re in NYC and want a slice of Tokyo’s atmosphere and food scene, then visiting Little Tokyo in NYC is a great option.

After all, Tokyo is a hugely popular tourist destination in itself, and Little Tokyo in NYC is a small slice of Tokyo… I mean, who doesn’t love sushi, Japanese bakeries, Bubble Tea, Hello Kitty, and all things Kawaii? 

Checking out Little Tokyo in NYC is an amazing way to experience the culture of Japan without leaving New York City, and there are plenty of things to do and see there, even though this little neighborhood is super small.

Where is Little Tokyo in NYC?

You’ll find Little Tokyo in NYC, located on the corner of Stuyvesant and East 9th. It neighbors Noho and Bowery, on the southeast of Manhattan, and it’s only a short walk from Union Square.

Nearest Subway stations (in order of distance):

  • Astor Pl
  • 8 Street Station
  • Bleecker St
  • Union Square

Little Tokyo in NYC is an awesome neighborhood that dates to the early 80s and you’ll see that reflected in the buildings and architecture.

It’s only a couple of blocks in size, so it won’t take you long to walk around and get a feel for it.

From sushi and noodles to old-fashioned tea houses, Little Tokyo in NYC is genuinely one of the quaintest areas in NYC. And it’s kind of a hidden gem too.

Alongside the food places, Little Tokyo is full of quirky Tokyo-style stores, toy stores, bakeries, karaoke bars, and much more. This might be one of New York’s smallest neighborhoods, but there’s so much personality here.

Before we get too ahead of ourselves, let’s jump into our guide to Little Tokyo in NYC so that you can get all the info you’ll need to give this place the love it deserves.

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Our favorite spot in Little Tokyo, NYC…

First up, we wanted to start with our favorite spot in Little Tokyo, NYC.

If you only decide to visit one place in Little Tokyo, this would be our pick.

If you’ve never been to a Japanese-themed bakery before, prepare to fall in love. Bake Culture has all the Japanese classics here, and they’re so delicious.

We recommend trying their plain sponge cake to start you off… it’s so light and fluffy, and heaven to eat. But don’t forget to try their cute bunny bread, the amazing Japanese cheesecake, taro mochi balls, and the multi-colored bread loaves too!

With the cheesecakes coming in under $15, and the little baked good mostly under $5, it’s really affordable too.

So much to choose from, hey! Enjoy these photos from our most recent visit to this spot in Little Tokyo!

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bake culture in little tokyo nyc

Bubble Tea in Little Tokyo, NYC

Another thing you won’t want to miss in Little Tokyo, is Bubble Tea!

There’s a few locations in and around Little Tokyo where you can grab some Bubble Tea, but the two places we recommend are:

  • Xing Fu Tang
  • ViVi Bubble tea

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Where to grab dinner in Little Tokyo, NYC

Food is one of the top reasons that people visit Little Tokyo in NYC, and it’s easy to see why.

Let’s look at some of the most popular eateries in the area that will have you salivating at the very sight of their menus! 


First on my list of places to eat at Little Tokyo in NYC, it’s Hasaki. If you’re looking for some top sushi, then you’ll want to head down to Hasaki on 210 East 9th Street.

As one of the first places to serve up sushi in the East Village, it’s a historical spot that’s well worth a visit.

Whilst it’s not located on the ‘main street’ in Little Tokyo NYC, where most places on this list are found, it’s only just one street up, so not far!

Serving unique sushi dishes all day (as well as some eye-wateringly expensive chef’s platters), Hasaki is one of our top picks for hungry travelers visiting Little Tokyo in NYC. 

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Raku is another amazing place to eat in Little Tokyo in NYC. If it’s udon that you’re after, then Raku is the place for you.

Known for their no-nonsense approach to food, you’re sure to find the perfect udon soups here.

Now, this place isn’t exactly for the calorie-conscious as the noodles here are hefty in both portion and ingredients, but you will find yourself snapping an Instagram pic or two of their perfectly delicious noodles.

So, enjoy people – you only live once, be sure to check out this place in Little Tokyo in NYC.


This cute little restaurant is actually Taiwanese-inspired cuisine, but as it’s located right in the heart of Little Tokyo, we wanted to give it a mention.

This place serves up New York-influenced Taiwanese food, put together with delicious and locally sourced ingredients.

Sounds pretty great right?

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Suki is a restaurant that doesn’t look like much from the outside, but serves up some of the most delicious and warming Japanese curries once you get inside.

They open at 12pm, and stay open well into the night (10pm to be precise) so you can get your curry fix at most times of the day!

The restaurant might be pared back and simple-looking, but the flavors here are anything but. There is depth, love, and joy in the cooking at Suki, and we urge you to give it a try.

This place is pocket-sized, but the dishes pack a punch. You’ll be thinking about them for weeks after you finish your last bite.


If you’re after another perfect Instagrammable spot, then look no further than Sharaku.

The name of this restaurant quite literally translates to “the ship”, and when you see how these guys present their sushi, you’ll understand why.

As all sushi assortments presented on a wooden ship, you’re sure to have jealous friends liking your posts for days! This is a must-visit when visiting Little Tokyo in NYC.

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Next on our list of places to eat in Little Tokyo in NYC, it’s Sakaya. Ok, so sake is an acquired taste and isn’t for everyone.

However, if you’re looking to try an authentic Japanese rice wine, then head on down to Sakaya on 324 East 9th Street for a sip.

Oh! Taisho

Next on our list of restaurants to try in Little Tokyo, it’s Oh! Yakitori Taisho. They do the traditional home-style Japanese cooking so well.

This place is pretty hip and you’ll find quite a cool crowd inside, especially as the night goes on.

We’d recommend their Yakatori, Salmon Cream Yakisoba, and their Chikuwu cheese (a dish which is actually fried fishcake with cheese inside).


And finally, it’s Boxed-to-go. This is one of the best food options for bento-lovers, and it’s also a great choice when you’re short on time too.

Who doesn’t love Bento? And these guys are serving up some of the most tasty and authentic bento boxes in NYC.

As you can see from our photo below, they’re also really reasonably priced too, starting at just $9.

That is affordable, delicious and somewhere you absolutely need to try if visiting Little Tokyo, NYC.

Tea Houses in Little Tokyo, NYC

Cha-An Tea House

If you’re looking for a more leisurely afternoon activity in Little Tokyo in NYC, then head down to Cha-An Tea House on 230 East 9th Street.

Not only does this place offer a ridiculously vast selection of teas from around the world, but it’s great for giving Japanese nationals (or Japan-obsessed tourists) a taste of Tokyo. And the food is some of the best in Little Tokyo in NYC.

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Physical GraffiTea

If you’re looking for the best matcha tea in town or are bored of Starbucks’s latest offering, then Little Tokyo in NYC is the perfect place to visit to cleanse that palette.

Offering possibly the best matcha latte in all of New York, Physical GraffiTea is a must-visit if you’re spending the day in Little Tokyo. The lattes do take a little time to brew, but we promise that it’s worth it!

Stores in Little Tokyo, NYC

If you’re looking for some classic Japanese snacks, then you’ll want to head to a Japanese grocery store.

In case you hadn’t guessed, some of the best Japanese grocery stores in NYC are in Little Tokyo in NYC! What’s more, Little Tokyo is also home to some of the best books and stationery around.

Looking for some awesome manga or super cute pens? Well, Little Tokyo is here to supply you with all you could ever need! This is a great place to visit when stopping by Little Tokyo in NYC.


If you want to feel like you’ve transported yourself to Tokyo, then this amazing store will give you that exact feeling.

It’s like stepping into Downtown Tokyo, and they have so many great lifestyle products, beauty and skincare products.

This isn’t necessarily a ‘grocery store’, more of a lifestyle store. But it’s still great fun to look around and they sell some really unique items you won’t find anywhere else in the city.


One of the biggest and leading Asian supermarkets in the city is actually located just on the outskirts of Little Tokyo, NYC at 39 3rd Ave.

It’s only a short walk from the main street of Little Tokyo, so well worth checking out.

If you want to grab yourself some ingredients to cook the perfect Ramen at home… then this is the place you need to visit!

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H Mart in Little Tokyo NYC

Search & Destroy

If punk Japanese fashion is your jam, then look no further than Search & Destroy on 25 St Marks Place in Little Tokyo in NYC. With such awesome finds as Day-Glo boots, fishnets, and punk shirts, you’re sure to walk out of here with some staple wardrobe pieces.

What we love about this place, is that though the stuff is really unique, it’s not going to break the bank! Looking for some awesome sunglasses or accessories? Well, you’re sure to find them here too! 

Talk about a one-stop shop! You’ll love this store in Little Tokyo in NYC.

Tokyo Rebel

Another one of the top fashion stores in Little Tokyo is Tokyo Rebel located on 158 Allen Street.

This is THE place to visit if you’re all about that Harajuku style, as it stocks brands like Baby, Alice and the Pirates, and the Stars Shine Bright.

The whole place is extremely kawaii, so be ready for cuteness overload! A great store to explore when visiting Little Tokyo in NYC.

Makari NYC

Another beautiful store we wanted to mention in our guide to Little Tokyo, NYC, is the magical Makari.

Makari is a Japanese antique and art store, located a few blocks north from Little Tokyo.

If you’re in any way interested or curious about Japanese culture and art, then we know you’ll absolutely adore looking around the collection at Makari.

guide to little tokyo NYC
guide to little tokyo NYC
guide to little tokyo NYC

Hair Salons in Little Tokyo

Hair salons are another awesome thing we love about Little Tokyo in NYC.

Japanese hairstyles are becoming increasingly popular in the western world, so if you’re in the NY area and looking to switch up your ‘do, you might want to head down to one of the many fantastic hair salons in Little Tokyo in NYC! 

Tsumiki Salon

Located on 408 East 9th Street, Tsumiki Salon is one of the best Japanese salons around.

What sets this salon apart from the rest is its expert stylists and use of organic ingredients.

So, if your hair is looking on the drab side, then the magicians at Tsumiki are sure to give your hair a much-needed boost. 

Sei Tomoko

If you’re after the pin straight look that’s seen in so many Asian countries around the world, then Sei Tomoko should be your first port of call.

Specializing in Japanese hair straightening, these guys will have your hair glossy and straight in no time at all! 

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Videos about Little Tokyo in NYC

If you’re looking for even more content about Little Tokyo in NYC… Then the following videos are definitely worth a watch!

There are so many amazing tips and tricks in these videos and you’ll be sure to find some great recommendations too.

We hope that this short guide to Little Tokyo in NYC has been helpful!

As there’s so much to do in Little Tokyo in NYC, it can feel overwhelming when you’re trying to slot it into your trip to NYC. 

But Little Tokyo in NYC is a small neighborhood and well worth dedicating some of your time to exploring!

It’s well worth a visit whether you’re a frequent visitor to Japan or a complete newbie to Japanese culture! 

Little Tokyo in NYC is an amazing addition to NYC’s most popular neighborhoods!

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