As with many sushi restaurants in Manhattan, this popular East Village spot does not accept reservations on Friday and Saturday nights. So take a place in the line outside and start anticipating that first bite of traditional Japanese entrées like sushi, sashimi and more. Kanoyama's T-shirts were designed by the late pop artist Keith Haring, who was a regular here. A small place with enormous fresh flowers and branches, Kanoyama's fresh and contemporary atmosphere only adds to the experience.

Location:  175 2nd Avenue

Business hours:  Mo-Th 5:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m., Fr-Sa 5:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Su 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.