An Atlantan In New York: Donburi Bowls

Benemon: East Village, Manhattan, New York, NY

I got to come here for a nice lunch with some new and old church friends after service. Truth be told, I had the option of getting KFC or trying a new restaurant called Benemon that a friend from church SWORE was legit amazing. I went ahead and ordered a bento set lunch: the tsukimi tori don. According to the menu, this dish is described exactly as so: “Popcorn chicken, shiitake mushrooms, shirataki noodles, onions, simmered in a sweet soy sauce topped with a pasteurized organic soft-steamed egg”. How can you say no to that description?!

Tsukimi Tori Don

– great quantity of meat and sauce and other vegetables
– good and even balance of ratio between chicken (tori) and the rice underneath it
– there is an option to ask for their house slaw-salad or miso soup. This is really nice because sometimes I don’t always feel like a salad and for others, the rice itself can be sticky to swallow so the soup makes it go down easier.
– the housemade custard is ON POINT! I could eat a whole pint of this.

– none!



I will definitely come back and try all the other donburi bowls. Unagi (eel) is one of my favorites, and I can’t wait to come back. The only drawback is that this is all the way down in East Village/LES and I’m all the way up in Lenox Hill. Still, it’s definitely worth the trek down, I highly recommend! It’s great Japanese comfort food, in a very comfy and cozy place in which I would say is a great setting to catch up with a close friend. I do not recommend this place for large parties as it’s a bit small but it’s really great to get a good meal that fills the belly. I can’t wait to come back again.

You can find Benemon in the East Village:

108 E 4th St
New York, NY
(212) 614-3006

Their website has a menu that you can check out beforehand:

Sorry for the long absence in posts.  This fellowship is nearing its end, and the search for a job has begun! Let’s see where this ATL girl lands next! Will she stay or will she go?  Where will the food adventures head to in six months? Stay tuned and keep on reading!


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