If you don't want to go to a Japanese restaurant, this grocery/cafe is a place to pick up Japanese bento box or sandwiches. The pastry shop is great too. I am told Beard Papa's puffs my son loves are back on weekends now. You could eat in but it is too noisy and crowded for me so rather prefer to do a take out. Across from the New York Public Library on 41st between 5th and Madison, there are three unassuming Japanese places one after another. With a couple of rice balls(salted salmon and mentaiko) or a bento box and nice bottled tea and a puff of Beard Papa for dessert, you are set for a quick lunch without breaking the bank.
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