If you mention Japanese barbecue in NYC, most people flock to Gyu-Kaku. I’ll be the first to tell you that while I love Gyu-Kaku, as well as their $5 Lychee Martini Happy Hour Specials, for a more authentic ambiance, I recommend trying Yakiniku West in the East Village. Japanese barbecue in general is always great option for groups to have a good time or for an intimate date night. If you haven’t experienced Japanese barbecue, you must put it on your bucket list of things to try immediately.
It might not look like much from the outside, but this no-shoes-allowed Japanese barbecue restaurant, which specializes in Kobe beef is a delicious option in the area. The food is well-seasoned, well-priced and of ample portions. The service is fast and accommodating and the prices are reasonable. The restaurant has its busy moments, so you may want to consider making a reservation.
The atmosphere is laid back and has a very traditional Japanese feeling. You leave your shoes at the door and you sit down at the traditional Japanese table, which is very low to the ground.
Overall, Yakiniku West in the East Village a good option for Japanese barbecue in NYC.
Check out some pictures from my visit to Yakiniku West below:
Where: 218 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
The Menu/Cost: $80 for a couple
Recommended: Try the Kobe beef short ribs (half price on Sundays)
Additional Information: Fun place for groups. Please note, they do not change the grill, so be prepared for few flames.