Traditional Japanese eateries in Manhattan that won't break your bank. Irasshaimase!
Sobaya is perhaps the most traditional Japanese eatery in the East Village. It's tough to score a seat during their dinner hours. Come for an early lunch. Their specials are great - a side of soba with salmon sashimi and roe is a must. Green tea is completely complementary.
Authentic takoyaki in the heart of the East Village. Cheap, quick, and best drunk food.
This place tastes and smells like Japan. They serve up authentic Japanese curry in four different sizes. Try the katsu curry if your a first-timer. The store is small, but it's homey and you can add your own toppings to the dishes.