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Uminoie

JAPANESE  Home Cooking

86 East 3rd St. (bet. 1st & 2nd Ave.)
Tel: 646-654-1122
Mon-Thurs: 7pm-1am, Fri & Sat: 7pm-2am, Sun: 7pm-12am

Beach houses lined up along the shore always remind me of playing with friends on summer days. Uminoie (Japanese for “beach house”) seems to recreate that feeling of freedom you get at the beach. Japanese patrons should find this tiny restaurant that seats around 40 at the counter, tables and zashiki-style (sans shoes, on mats on the floor) relaxing and somewhat nostalgic. Opened in January 2004 under the joint management of Mika Okui and Mutsumi Tanaka, Uminoie quickly attracted a regular clientele. The secret is of course the warm atmosphere, but also the house specialty: home-style Japanese dishes. The menu is made up of home-style comfort foods, including small dishes made with the agodashi broth such as niku-jaga and dashimaki-tamago. The menu also features Goto udon noodles, which are imported directly from a noodle factory in the Goto Islands in Nagasaki Prefecture. Uminoie stocks over 50 different types of shochu liquor so you’re sure to find something to enjoy, whatever your taste. Just beyond the counter you can see the open kitchen. The closeness of the chefs and customers makes for lively conversation. Uminoie is the perfect place to unwind at the end of the day.

Tender Pork Belly

You won’t be able to resist this simmered pork belly as the delicate-tasting agodashi broth oozes out from between the tender meat ($7).

The most popular dish among Japanese customers  BEST 3!

(1)Tender Pork Belly ($12)
(2)Japanese style Meat balls ($12)
(3)Japanese style Omelets ($6)