Manhattan imports a Japanese taste for quirky cafes filled with young Asian women.

Manhattan recently became home to a new Japanese import called maid cafés, an establishment that caters to otaku, a subculture in Japan that is obsessed by manga and anime. The all-female waitstaff at Maid Café are beautiful, young Asian women outfitted in what appears to be clothes from a little girl's wardrobe. Staff also greet customers with a “Welcome home, master” and generally act cute, servile, and far younger than their actual age.

The cafe is typically full of 25 to 30-year-old men who are unafraid to admit what attracted them to the shop. One customer shared with Gothamist: “I've seen them in anime videos before. The girls are acting so cute. I'm, like, really into that. My girlfriend's also Japanese and really cute.”

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