Izakaya Ten

207 Tenth Avenu bet. West 22nd & West 23rd Streets

As they say, when one door closes, another one opens. Years ago, when Tía Pol didn't have any seats available, I happily discovered Izakaya Ten right next door. It's a small cozy place that has grown popular over the years. I might have to wait a bit these days, but I don't mind. Where else can I get sake and Japanese gastropub fare, like ankimo (monkfish liver pâté), geso tatsuta age (deep-fried octopus legs), and yakitori skewers, in Chelsea after gallery-hopping all afternoon? Kanpai!