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“Disappointing first night - could do better! ”

Gyu-Kaku - Mid Town
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Ranked #2,098 of 14,820 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: 50th, 3rd Ave (2nd floor)
Transit: South East corner of 50th St. and 3rd Ave. Second floor. Subway: take 6 train to 51st and Lexington, head east to 3rd Ave. and south to 50 St.
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

So having tried Japanese bbq in London & loved it , Gyu-kaku was first on the list in NYC having reserved a table
They also text to check we’d be there and they only held the table 15mins (fair policy)

Having got delayed at the airport & suffering jet lag it was a struggle to get to them on time but we arrived 5 minutes early

The entrance to the place is awful - dirty stairs, worn carpet - definitely needs a makeover & belies what is above!

Our table was not ready we were told a couple of times they were just cleaning it & to order drinks
The bar was packed with drunk, loud people taking full advantage of happy hour

We waited over half an hour to be seated which was not great given their 15 minute policy for guests!

The food was mostly good- though annoyingly the rice came near enough as we’d eaten everything else! (Despite me asking twice for it!) our Grill was taken away & no clean one brought so instead of complaining we skipped the dessert s’mores we’d ordered & were billed for. We were also billed non happy hour price for the wine we’d been told was happy hour but was halfway to bed before we realised

Tips in NYC - esp here
Check the bill
Check you’ve had all items ordered
Check the drinks prices
Don’t rely on getting seated on time

All in all not a great experience - try Kintan in London far cleaner, refined Japanese BBQ

Thank Mashcat
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

My spouse and I visited Gyu-Kaku Midtown for dinner on a Wednesday evening in early February 2018. This location is open daily for lunch and dinner from 11:30 am until late (either 10:00 pm, 11:00 pm, or 12:00 midnight, depending on the day of the week). Reservations are accepted.

Gyu-Kaku, whose name means "bull's horn", is a chain of Japanese yakiniku “grilled meat” restaurants. (Although technically a “barbecue” restaurant, it does not refer to the saucy kind that Americans generally associate with the word, but rather to the process of grilling or smoking meats.) Gyu-Kaku opened its first restaurant in Japan in 1996, but it was not until 2001 when it opened a venue in the United States. Today, there are over 600 Gyu-Kaku locations in Japan, as well as many US locations (including New York City, California, Chicago, Houston, Hawaii, Philadelphia, Boston), and still more international venues (Canada, Hong Kong, Taipei, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Philippines, and South Korea). Gyu-Kaku also makes and sells its own kimchi, sauces, and marinades in Japanese supermarkets. Manhattan hosts two additional locations of Gyu-Kaku in addition to the Midtown venue that we visited (East Village and Times Square).

The Midtown location of Gyu-Kaku is located on the second floor of a corporate building. Its corner position allows windows on two walls, and the space juts out above the street a bit to allow a skylight/atrium ceiling over some of the tables. You access this second-level restaurant by a winding staircase, or alternatively, you can use the building’s elevators (entry into the lobby may require guard-admittance after normal workday hours). A narrow bar/lounge area offers high-top table seating. The main dining room is positioned towards the back of the space, although it is actually the front corner of the building at the intersection of Third Avenue and East 50th Street. Each table has a recessed grill positioned in the middle of the wood so that diners can cook their own meats and vegetables. Alternatively, you can order complete dishes from the kitchen if you do not feel like cooking; however, doing your own grilling is really the point and appeal of this restaurant.

We shared two appetizers: the fried bacon chips (thinly sliced pork belly) and the steamed chili dumplings. Then, we shared several different cuts of meat (some marinated and others plain), including skirt steak (our favorite meat of the night), filet mignon, and spicy pork. We also grilled our own selection of mixed vegetables (including onions, zucchini, mushrooms, shishito peppers, cherry tomatoes, and corn kernels). From the kitchen, we ordered the beef sukyaki bibimbap (a bit spicy, and different than Korean versions we have eaten) and the garlic chicken noodles as accompaniments. The restaurant offers some complete prix-fixe menus in several different price categories to guide newcomers to the cuisine. We also sampled the tasty Patron Pie-Tini cocktail and a pitcher of Sapporo.

We enjoyed our unique Japanese BBQ dinner at Gyu-Kaku.

Thank fluffnfold
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Great restaurant concept where the staff brings the food uncooked, and each table has its own grill so guests can cook their own food to their own liking.
We went for a team lunch and the atmosphere was fantastic, everyone got involved, there was a lot of joking around about cooking skills, all in all it's definitely a very suitable place for either large groups or to go on a date.

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Thank MirelaBCN
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

A regular haunt with fun atmosphere for BBQ'ing your own food Asian-style. The Wagyu beef courses are normally recommended but, for healthier eating, we order the lean cuts with which we are very happy. Must try with either the garlic or the ponzu marinades. Best to make reservations for weekend lunch else your likely to be waiting to be seated. The value part of this review is based on the "happy hour" prices, would deduct a star for dinner which is outside of happy hour, ie: its always "happy hour" apart from weekday dinner.

Thank ChrisTravellerUS
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

The Atomsphere was nice and friendly, the drinks and food was "FABULOUS"! We plan on going back soon.

Thank Traveler5043
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