Japanese Comfort Food Spot Opening on 72nd Street

  Last modified on December 7th, 2021

A new restaurant has leased the space at 218 West 72nd Street, which was occupied by West Side Cafe until they closed during the spring of 2019. Shinbashi 72, a Japanese comfort food restaurant with a former location on East 48th Street, plans to open this spring. They’re currently in their construction phase.

Shinbasi 72 Upper West Side

The new spot will be primarily focused on delivery and takeout, with limited seating.

Emiko Katayama told us that her grandmother, Fumiko Hosoda, was the founder of the original location, which first opened in 1974. The new Shinbashi will be run by her, her brother and their parents. Emiko has lived on the UWS since 1998 and is excited to bring the family’s Japanese cuisine to the neighborhood.


Shinbashi 72 will be serving similar foods as they served at their original location (except for the sushi). Here are some teasers from their former Instagram account (actual menu items may differ).

Kaki-age don. Tempura onions, seaweed and Shishito peppers over rice:

Shinbashi 72 UWS

Shiratama Zenzai: mochi with red bean soup, served hot with a side of Japanese pickles:

Shinbashi Restaurant

Beef Negimayaki: scallions wrapped in thinly sliced beef with their in-house teriyaki sauce:

Beef Negimayaki

Eel avocado sushi pizza:

Eel Avocado Sushi Pizza

Green tea ice cream & red bean:

green tea ice cream and red bean

You can follow their new Instagram account @shinbashi72 for updates, and we’ll of course provide more info once we get closer to Shinbashi 72’s opening date.

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