There are a couple of Japanese grocery stores in midtown:
Dainobu Japanese Deli Grocery
129 East 47th Street, New York, NY (212) 755-7380
Katagiri & Co
224 East 59th St # A, New York, NY (212) 755-3566
I have been to Dainobu - the shop is a good size (for midtown) and is clean and well presented. The prepared foods are also good quality.
The bread and butter at The Maze are wonderful. The bread is a springy, warm white bread, and the butter is made fresh and lightly salted with rock salt. I find myself staring out the window and thinking about it, occasionally....
Cheesesteak with sweet peppers at Overbrook Pizza, 2099 North 63rd Street, Philadelphia. Seriously, if you are nearby, make a detour to this seat-less hole in the wall. Stand outside and eat the best cheesesteak you'll ever have!
Sharing is the standard for me and my husband. We almost never order the same dish. Usually upon their arrival we each taste both of the dishes. If one of us strongly prefers the other's dish, we switch. If we both really like both dishes, we each eat about half and then switch plates. If we both like the same dish and both really dislike the other (which is infrequent), my husband insists that I eat the better dish. We didn't concoct this rigid-sounding regime - it has simply evolved over many years of wedded bliss. A perfect system (ok, less perfect for him)!
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