I am not that crazy about Japanese wagashi, that said, you can bet your dollar that everytime I walk into Minamoto Kitchoan, I'll end up buying some delicate little Japanese treats because everything in there looks so darn nice!
The Japanese really know how to package their products, everything you purchase comes in this beautiful box or bags, I do think they are wasting a lot of resources & creating unncessary trash with the elaborate packaging but if you want a pretty gift for a friend who appreciates traditional Japanese confectionary, this is a good place to go. Be prepared to spend though because it's not cheap. Most pastries are $2-6, and it adds up very quickly. Some of the pictures have prices for the wagashi, so you have an idea of the price range.
Address: Minamoto Kitchoan (photos). 608 5th Avenue (between 48th St & 49th St), New York, NY 10020 (by Rockerfeller Center).
6 months ago