Shin-Sen-Gumi Chanko Restaurant
This place? It looks a chain (10 or so stores, including one in Japan). To be honest, that makes me a little nervous...don't want to end up at Todai (blek). What makes it good?
After scouring past posts, it seemed like board fave Nanbankan would satisfy my serious yakiniku craving. Then I checked out "the delicious life's" pics: http://thedeliciouslife.blogspot.com/2005/03/code-word-nanbankan.html Don't get me wrong, the pics are gorgeous and the food looks delicious...but is that a tablecloth I see? White platters? Sushi?
I'm looking for a place more like Yakitori Taisho on St. Marks Place in NYC, described by New York Magazine as "a cramped, dingy subterranean space lined with tin foil, old calendars, and smoke stains..." oh, and "...the food rocks, too." That place was awesome- the delicious food was well worth the hour-long wait and harried service.
So, is there a great yakiniku place that's cheap, delicious & not at all fancy? Or do I have it wrong about Nanbankan being too fancy-pants for our sensibilities (and budget)? Or do I have it right, but it’s still worth it given the alternatives?
I've tracked down some info for other recs mentioned on the board:
Manpuku Tokyo BBQ
PS This title should really read "LA Yakiniku Recs" not "LA Yakitori Recs," since we're looking to chow on more than just chicken. I don't think I can change it now, though!