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“Mixed Feelings” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Dining
34 Cooper Sq, New York City, NY 10003 (Manhattan)
(212) 475-2989
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Ranked #2,184 of 11,599 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Cooper Sq. / 3rd Ave (between E.5th & E. 6th)
Transit: 6 train at Astor Place R,W train at 8th Street
New York
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
“Mixed Feelings”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Four of us tried this "cook your own" style restaurant, the dowtown location. It was not easy to find, since it is on a warehouse looking street with no other restaurants or stores. Once inside though, it was a pleasant atmosphere, and much larger than it appears when one first walks in the door. The decor is dark, with low lighting, but once seated at the table, with the cooking grill in the middle, there is enough light to see your menu and dinner partners.

The appetizers are prepared in the kitchen. The main dishes are brought to you ready to cook, and do cook quickly on the grill in front of you. We had an extraordinarily helpful waiter, Russell. When we told him it was our first time there, he carefully explained how everything works, the portion sizes, the favorites, and made suggestions when we asked.

The food is decent, but portions are very small. Each main dish plate has less than an appetizer portion of the meat on it. You need to order several main dish plates in order to have enough to add up to one main dish portion, so eating a meal here ends up being very expensive.

We enjoyed the shrimp dumplings, the rice bipbap or something (essentially fried rice), the meats of tongue, strip steak (a few small chunks), the hangar steak and lamb chops were all good. The short ribs were okay. We had all of these served in the standard marinade. I would skip the desserts; the green tea crepe everyone reccomends on Tripadvisor is not really what you would think of as a crepe. IT is several layers of a plain crepe (looking a bit green ) stacked to looked like a piece of cake,w ith a tiny scoop of ice cream on the side. Okay, but no taste really. The desert with the red bean paste is ruined by the red bean paste which tastes like a lump of sugar. No one could eat it.
Complimentary, luke warm greent ea is served at the end of the meal.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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  • Spanish first
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English first
New York City, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“BBQ as it is!!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We came here with close friends and families for our spring get together.... We made a reservation and the restaurant was full with guest...

We ordered the Meat Lover's course menu for 6 double because we were actually 12 people. We also ordered few dishes from ala carte menu like garlic noodles, bibimbap, toufu soup,and shrimp dumplings. We also had free marshmallow to roast for our young children.....roasting marshmallow inside at springtime......exciting... the kids love it,, and we enjoyed it...

We arrived hungry,, we left full...The ambience is thrill , with its dark, black tables and chairs and at the center is the stove for grilling...The bathroom is clean. The service is good. Overall very satisfied.

Highly recommended....

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Utica, New York
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“It Was Just Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Servie was ehh, the duck was good, but was given a small portion. I've also had better rice and edamame. A unique dining experience I must say. Having the mini grill in the middle of the table was great. However, I will try other location in the city to dine.

Visited May 2012
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nyc
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“japanesebbq”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012

literally down the street from my old apartment.

wasn’t hungry, but we wanted to chill!

harami miso skirt steak, kalbi short rib, corn, mushrooms… all good stuff, but for some reason not as tasty as the one in west la. weird, right? maybe its the quality of the beef in nyc.

Visited March 2012
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“TASTY & Fun especially if you've never had Japanese BBQ before”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2012

Busy and trendy place. Nice & helpful staff.

Sooooo many good things to eat...I would recommend going with a group and trying a whole array of BBQ meats and veggies.

For Dessert the green tea crepe is divine!

Visited February 2012
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