We love living, working, and playing in this city for many reasons. While most of those reasons are on hold or ‘Pause’ as some like to call, we have our indoor dining back. At least in some capacity. As we hopefully march towards normalcy and our lives come back, there is still streets upon streets with cuisines from every place in the world. You may not be able to travel the way you’d like. However, you can travel with your mouth and indulge all of your senses. Today, we are talking Japan.

As our title states, Onigiri in Times Square. Maybe Times Square doesn’t get you going without Broadway in session but Onigiri is pretty awesome. If you don’t know what that is, it’s also known as o-musubi, nigirimeshi, or rice ball. It is a Japanese food made from white rice formed into triangular or cylindrical shapes and often wrapped in nori. Yum! Ready for the reason to head to the area you almost always avoid? We must also say that it’s not what you remember. At least, not right now. Anyway, back to the food!

Japanese restaurant Ootoya is opening an Onigiri Pop-Up take out window for one-month only at their Times Square location, offering twelve different onigiri, or Japanese rice balls. This epic showcase of deliciousness is going on through Sunday, March 7th. Plenty of time to talk yourself into a Times Square visit. Ranging from $3.75 to $5 each, you can choose from Onigiri like flaked salmon and tuna-mayonnaise, but also Ootoya’s popular menu items turned into onigiri such as tonkatsu (fried breaded pork), spicy kurozu (fried chicken with spicy black vinegar sauce) and sukiyaki (soy-simmered sliced beef). Ootoya will also offer Onigiri sets that consist of two onigiris, choice of karaage fried chicken, edamame or potato croquettes, miso soup and pickles for $9.99 or $10.99.

Amazing food at an amazing price. Plus, when is the last time you went to a pop up?

For more information, visit: www.ootoya.us