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“Authentic Japanese Fare”
Review of Hakubai

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Ranked #1,700 of 13,681 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $50 - $190
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: 38th
Transit: 4,5,6,7,S at Grand Central - 42nd St.
Description: Executive Chef Yukihiro Sato offers his guests a unique opportunity to share in the celebrated culinary tradition known as Kaiseki cuisine. Chef Sato's interpretation of the authentic Japanese cuisine focuses on incorporating the best seasonal ingredients to create unique fare that is pleasing to the eye and palate.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
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“Authentic Japanese Fare”
Reviewed November 4, 2013

Probably the most authentic Japanese restaurant you will find outside Japan. This restaurant is located downstairs at the Kitano Hotel, and the servers and decor also help complete the experience of Japanese dining. The shumai (shrimp & scallops) were outstanding as an appetizer and the sushi was excellent. The menu is extensive, and you have the option of having a prix-fixe multi course dinner.

Visited November 2013
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new york, ny
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253 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Very good”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Very traditional feeling Japanese. The service is very good and attentive. The food is very fresh and the prices are very high.

Visited October 2013
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Scotty, beam me to Japan!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

After coming from a traffic Jam in the Park Avenue and the Helmsley Building (which is nevertheless an astonishing sight, and an equal experience driving through) you find yourself in a perfect Japanese Restaurant like in the center of Kyoto, traditional, maybe not very fancy, but..... just PERFECT. You can see it already from the people sitting on the other tables: no hip New Yorkers, no tourists.... just Japanese Folks. And you get a most wonderful meal like you are used in Japan (if you know the country and its gastronomy).
We took a Summer Special Kaiseki Menu, with the best Tempura I ever ate, a delicious Sushi (the pieces in the perfect right size) and we felt transported in Tokyo.
Great service, good (but small) choice of Sake, good (but small) choice of Japanese Beers, almost no wines to choose from. A great experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“The best Japanese in NYC!”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

It is the most authentic Japanese food in town. The best noodles especially Nabeyaki! It is just like in Japan! Wonderful staff. My favorite are sesame tofu and egg custard!

This place used to be an affiliated with Nadaman, which is one of the most exclusive restaurant chains in Japan. For example, Nadaman is at the basement of the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Although Hakubai dropped the name Nadaman, the food quality stays the same. It is pretty remarkable that you can experience this without going to Japan from the super polite Kimono dressed servers to the authentic Japanese. I only wish they open on Sundays!

  • Visited July 2013
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“The best Japanese in NYC”
Reviewed August 4, 2013 via mobile

It is the most authentic Japanese food in town. The best noodles especially nabeyaki!
It is just like in Japan! Wonderful staff. My favorite are sesame tofu and egg custard!

Visited July 2013
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