Modern Asian fare is many things — bold, flavorful, creative, innovative — but it’s rarely cheap, and you’ll be hard-pressed to make a meal of simple sushi, bibimbap, or a bowl of noodles for less than $10. Unless, that is, you head to Mira Sushi & Izakaya (46 West 22nd Street; 212-989-7889) for the lunch menu. The sophisticated Flatiron spot offers cheap deals that cater to a variety of dietary restrictions.
Available from 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, the eatery’s lunch menu serves an abbreviated version of its dinner selections at reduced price points.
Vegetable jap chae, usually $12, rings in at $9. Traditional Korean sweet-potato noodles are sautéed with spinach, carrot, bean sprout, onion, scallion, shiitake, zucchini, and squash.
Free-range teriyaki chicken is tossed with shiitake mushrooms and sautéed veggies, served over rice, and topped with a sunnyside-up egg in a $10 rice bowl, chef Brian Tsao’s take on bibimbap. Miso soup or salad are offered to start, and a house-made gluten-free gochujang comes on the side. This dish does contain some form of wheat, but can easily be modified to accommodate gluten-free dietary restrictions.
The maki roll combos are another reason to visit. Served with miso soup or salad, the deal comes with a choice of two or three rolls for $9.50 or $13.50. Take your pick of spicy tuna, salmon with avocado, yamagobo (pickled burdock root), peanut and avocado, and more. Most are gluten-free, or can be made to be, and several are vegan; it’s sushi for every diet, at prices almost anyone can afford.