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31 E Market Street, Corning, NY 14830
607-936-3659
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Takeout

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  • 22
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great little place, a bit out of the ordinary

This is a very odd little restaurant with great Japanese food. You walk up a steep flight of stairs and then in through a door. Right there where you walk in, a little older Japanese woman is cooking up a storm and taking orders and making change. The menu options are printed out and pinned to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lisa M
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Horseheads, New York, United States
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Horseheads, New York, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very odd little restaurant with great Japanese food. You walk up a steep flight of stairs and then in through a door. Right there where you walk in, a little older Japanese woman is cooking up a storm and taking orders and making change. The menu options are printed out and pinned to the wall. There is... More 

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Thank Lisa M
Corning, New York
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

This is the one place you can eat in Corning NY for a fantastic (authentic) Japanese cuisines. I really enjoy them all, very delicious, reasonable price (very cheap), fast, and friendly. I suggest to bring some cash and you will need to climb to up stairs.

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Thank 123ru_0k
Corning, New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Bento Ya Masako is open a limited time during the day. The food is prepared by one woman in an open kitchen where you can see everything. There is a limited menu but SO GOOD. You have to try the offerings here

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Thank Laurie148
Riverside,
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Bento is run by a retirement-aged woman that knows everybody! You walk up the stairs to the restaurant, which seems to be a converted apartment. My wife and I had the sushi, which came with ~10 pieces for $16. It was the best sushi around Corning and obviously bought fresh that day. She doesn't have sushi every day so make... More 

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Thank Robert K
Horseheads, New York
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

When I worked in Corning, Bento Ya Masako was one of my regular places to eat lunch. We just called it "the Japanese lady" because the food is cooked right in front of you by Masako-san, the proprietress. Tasty and healthy, traditional choices.. mmm.. good stuff. Note for visitors: The restaurant is located on the second floor of its building,... More 

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Lawrenceville
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94 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Wish I could give this place a better rating because the food was fantastic. But you have to close your eyes at the cleanliness of the place. The kitchen is open for all to see and it is a disgrace. The box holding the chopsticks and the soy sauce bottles were so caked with grease that I did not want... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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224 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

When I worked in Corning years ago this was our place to go. It is still my place to go, nothing has changed in 20 years, the food is still very reasonable and super tasty. The owner goes out of her way always to accommodate your needs. Yum! Always call to make sure they are open.

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Thank redhare54
Painted Post, New York
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is the most authentic Japanese restaurant that you'll find in Corning. The hours are strange because the owner shops at the markets only on certain days. The place can be closed for weeks when the owner goes overseas. The place looks like a loft apartment. The food is incredibly good, though!

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Thank Seven_Ws
Corning, New York
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

Love Masako's bento lunches. I am a local and pick up lunch on a warm, sunny day and eat it outdoors in Centerway Square. I honestly have yet to find something I don't like at Masako's.

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Thank kat44488
Corning, New York
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

One of my ultimate and long-time favorite places to eat on Market Street. The owner is so kind and she makes the best tempura! Highly recommend this local gem!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 31 E Market Street, Corning, NY 14830
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Corning
  • Phone Number: 607-936-3659

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?