a saint marks gem for japanese hot pot

Kimura is the kind of place that is disorienting in the best way. You step in and you forget what city you’re in, because it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are here. It feels immersively Japanese, but that’s not the point. The point is that you’re in for a solid, comforting meal that feels simultaneously classic and vibey drawing a cool kid crowd to mingle with the regulars. Not too shabby for a restaurant that’s been around since the 80s.

Kimura specializes in hot pot, with a selection that ranges from classic nabes to sukiyaki to shabu shabu on a menu supplemented by grilled snacks, sushi and other izakaya style bites. We love a place that leans in on a niche and does it well. Like many lower Manhattan restaurants, the space is intimate, but the restaurant is best experienced in a group (ok maybe a small group), after dark, with plates and pots to share. Nothing like a steaming pot of soup to bring people together.

the details

Address31 St Marks Pl, New York
Hoursweekdays 12-2:30pm lunch, 5-10pm dinner; weekends 12-10pm
Price$$ – most things are $15-25, best to order a few options to share
Aestheticovertly Japanese in a classic, traditional way – think lots of lanterns, wood accents and traditional illustrations

good to know

Go here for: a casual “set meal” lunch, a late night dinner on a cold evening

Order this: one of their nabes (with classic broth), and a few small plates from the skewers or sushi section; they also have “tasting menus” with a curated selection of items for indecisive patrons

Amount of time to spend: an hour or two, it’s easy to linger

When to come: during soup/hot pot season

Getting here: just a couple minutes from the Astor Place 6 and 8th Street NQRW, about a 8 min walk from the 3rd Ave L

Other things to note: 

  • They take reservations via Tock.
  • The hot pots are priced per person and there are different base flavors and add ons to choose from.

Last visited: June 2021

Last updated: July 2022

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