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231 W 40th St, New York City, NY 10018-1502
+1 212-354-2195
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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220 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2015

This is an extremely unusual restaurant as you can watch the Robata grill guys at work behind the huge open bar. I had the 5 course tasting menu which was fabulous. The sashimi was as fresh as I've had anywhere, and the Japanese grilled black cod was divine. The nigiri sushi was excellent. The service was quick and was not... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

Excellent service and atmosphere, and the prix fix meal for two was incomparable. Sake was fantastic you could really taste the flavors of the wine. The chefs were entertaining and cordial, thanking everyone as they walked in and departed as well as thanking them for their patience as they passed dishes over the bar with large, long paddles. An incredible... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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161 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2015

From the first step into restaurant until the final arigato everything was perfect. Great ambience. Very attentive service and impressive presentation of every dish. You can even participate in mochi ceremony with giant hammers or just simply enjoy Japanese delights. Non-filtered sake in a wooden boxes is a must. Seafood meals is fresh and delish there. But definitely the most... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015 via mobile

Being on the Pacfic NW we eat a lot of sushi! What was great about this place is the atmosphere. Big open BBQ area (robata which is japanese style). The smell as you entered was amazing and perfect on a very cold night. It's not exactly a cheap place 9 pieces of sushi was $25. I can feed my only... More 

1 Thank 1114binthere
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2015

I am not normally a negative reviewer, but felt obliged to share my first, and last, experience with Inakaya. We recently were in NYC looking at colleges withy daughter during valentine's day weekend. We spent our day outside all day in extremely cold temperatures and had walked a few miles in blowing snow squalls to get to our early, pre-theater... More 

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New York City, New York
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015

This was the best living social deal I've ever bought, the 6 course dinner for 2 & price of 1. Hidden in the heart of Manhattan is this authentic Japanese restaurant. Upon entering, all the restaurant workers greet you loudly with Japanese. This is what they do in all restaurants in Japan, so I'm glad they did that here because... More 

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New York City, New York
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

I liked this restaurant. Very high ceilings with a glass wall open to street. When you come in the hostess and sushi makers behind the counter shout out loud, which I presume is a greeting. You are greeted by your server in Japanese. When food is ready, more shouts. You can sit at the sushi bar and watch the food... More 

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Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2015 via mobile

Average meal, great experience. A 3.5. Staff was very welcoming and courteous. Portion sizes were really small. We ordered the scallop entree. It was one large scallop, sliced into a few pieces. Dinner ended up being almost $100 and we left hungry.

1 Thank kckiss
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

So the food here was quite good - different spin on some of the run of the mill dishes you'd get at an average Japanese restaurant in the city (half of which seem to be run by Chinese people not Japanese people). For entertainment factor, there are a lot of birthdays that get celebrated by the whole restaurant (entire service... More 

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Belvidere, New Jersey
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99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

We walked into the restaurant were greeted with a loud shout. We were kind of taken back. We were told this was a Japanese greeting. This was heard during our entire meal which was not to our liking. As for the food, the Sushi was excellent. This restaurant is not our cup of tea.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$100
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 W 40th St, New York City, NY 10018-1502
  • Public Transportation: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, and S trains to Times Square/42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-354-2195

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