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18 Ninth Ave. (W. 13th St.) Send to Phone
A Japanese tavern serves up a menu of small plates in the Meatpacking District.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late Mon.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Tanuki Tavern Restaurant Review

: In a pretty lantern-lit space that’s a smaller version of its former occupant, Ono, Tanuki Tavern introduces a fanciful take on Japanese “tapas,” evolving the traditional izakaya menu to a varied Asian fusion offering. After consultation with the chef at the sushi bar, we chose an eclectic assortment of small plates ranging from scallop rumaki to ramen, vegetable sides and sushi. The nigiri (sushi) selection is extensive with inventive rolls such as the Ikasu, with avocado, wild salmon, tuna toro, asparagus and kimchi mayo; or the surf ‘n’ turf maki of Wagyu beef carpaccio wrapped around poached Maine lobster. The needlefish from Japan was sliced thinly with no added spice needed to bring out its silky flavor. The ramen was filled with tender pork belly in a flavorful broth. Blistered shishito peppers and spiced-up french fries were textural counterpoints to the seafood-oriented main courses. For dessert, the Tanuki bombe is a standout: soft green tea-matcha ice cream enfolded in a hard chocolate shell on a stick, sort of like a Japanese fudgesicle. Tanuki Tavern has a wide list of sakés and wines by the glass as well as bottles of each.
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