Due to Hurricane Sandy we spent a great deal of time during the week outside of our Chelsea home base and in Midtown East, as that area for the most part had electricity, abundant wifi hotspots, and was open for business. Within Midtown East is a sort of mini Japan Town that has a concentration of restaurants, karaoke bars, and other outposts of Japanese culture.
Although it wasn’t pleasant to have a week without power, one positive from this experience is that it allowed us to rediscover Dainobu, a Japanese deli and grocery store on East 47th Street.
It’s been a while since we’ve been to Dainobu, and we were pleasantly surprised that it reminds us of Japanese conbini (convenience stores). In addition to the usual selection of Japanese snacks and dry goods, it offers vegetables, meats, and fish in the back of the store. They have a selection of prepared foods such as bento and onigiri, and we were really happy to see that they sell individual Japanese beers, just like a conbini in Japan. One of our favorite things about being in Japan is that we can stop in our local conbini and pick up one or two beers after a long day.
We’ll definitely keep Dainobu in mind after long days in Midtown East.