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“Great Late Night Hangout in Ft. Lee NJ - Read for Details - Avoid Negative Prior Reviews”
Review of Izakaya Raku

Izakaya Raku
Ranked #53 of 135 Restaurants in Fort Lee
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Korean
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner
New York City, New York
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131 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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“Great Late Night Hangout in Ft. Lee NJ - Read for Details - Avoid Negative Prior Reviews”
Reviewed September 22, 2012

There are a so few late night options in NJ. This is one of them!

Arrived here around 12:30am on a Friday night. There was street parking in front of the place on Main St. There is also municipal parking in the back ($).

Place had a pleasant ambiance. Most of the booths and tables were occupied.

Ordered:
Kirin light bottle - $4 (beer served in chilled glasses)
Coors Light Draft - $3.5
Tuna tataki salad - $11 (great salad)
Edamame - $4
Spicy Tuna Roll w/ Brown rice ($6 + $3 for the brown rice)
Dragon Roll w/ Brown rice ($10 + $3 for the brown rice)
Miso Soup ($1.5)

The food was delicious. One of few late night spots with above average food and pleasant civilized ambiance.

Recommended!

  • Visited September 2012
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  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Any
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“Don't go and save your money”
Reviewed September 2, 2011

I never write reviews but this place was so bad I was compelled to submit a review. The food is awful.

We ordered tuna tataki salad (dressing must have come straight out of a bottle), tsukune (so so but the not enough sauce and surprised they don't even offer the salt option) and hamberg (sauce was just ketchup!).

Probably ok to grab a few drinks but don't go expecting a good (or decent) meal!

Surprised that they manage to stay open despite the absolutely horrible food.

Save your money and go to a Japanese restaurant in the city.

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New York City, New York
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“It's ok - but noisy”
Reviewed August 31, 2011

So decided to check this place out. I live in Ft Lee, and always looking for good places to eat locally. First impression overall was good, then it went downhill. The music is way too loud. Is it a bar? Is it a dance club? Is it a restaurant? Is it a darkroom? The food was decent, the service was good, but too dark and too loud with the music (did I mention that?) I may go back for lunch and try the Ramen or noodle dish.

Note to owners: If you want a hip and cool restaurant/bar, you do not play loud club mix music.

  • Visited August 2011
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“Delicious food, some place you must visit for different food and drinks.”
Reviewed April 13, 2011

The best place in town for food and drink. Reasonable prices and good varieties of Asian food. Noodles are good too. Chicken yakitori are good with sake. Good selections of tapas.

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“Their homemade croquette is nice. Noisy restaurant.”
Reviewed May 15, 2010

Their homemade croquette is nice.
Noisy restaurant.

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