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Family Recipe
Family Recipe

Family Recipe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.familyrecipeny.com
  • Email: fr@familyrecipeny.com
  • Phone: (212) 529-3133
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Wed 6:00pm - 11:00pm
    Thu-Sat 6:00 pm-12:00 am
    Sunday close until sep 8. we are going to reopen after 9/8 at 5:30pm

    Saturday and Sunday brunch
    after 9/17- open

  • Payment Options: AMEX
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Contemporary American, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Akiko Thurnauer
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Please inquire for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: We are willing to close the restaurant for private events. Please contact us for details if you"re interested.
  • Private Party Contact: Akiko (212) 529-3133

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Houston & Stanton
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: F train to 2nd avenue, 6 train to Broadway Lafayette
A word from Family Recipe
2013 & 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand Awardee!
Family Recipe opened on the Lower East Side in September of 2011. The concept grew out of chef/owner Akiko Thurnauer's experiences growing up with a food-obsessed family in Tokyo, Japan, but her cuisine is influenced by her appreciation of New York City and other places around the world. It's not traditional Japanese food; as the New York Times put it, it's "food for the way we live now," satisfying and surprising, created and served in a stylish open kitchen. We call it cooking from the heart. Welcome to Family Recipe!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Delicious food! Great service! Even got a free dessert!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "The food portions were too small even when its indicated as a larger plate. Overall the whole menu is overpriced for the amount of food they serve. The waitress kept rushing us for our order, yet there was no one in restaurant. They only have one restroom and it didn't flush. I would never go back to this place."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was unusual but everything was tasty. However, prices are quite expensive and overpriced for portion size. Nice place to duck into for some snacks to share or an entree only -- but a three course meal here would set you back a pretty penny."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great place for a small group. Excellent menu and unique options of vegans. The Lobster Ramen was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Really interesting riff on Japanese Home Style, like hanging out in a Yokohama coffee house with a band of traveling jazz musicians. Very creative interpretations of old standards."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 6 people on a Friday night. The restaurant was pretty well attended when all 3 of us couples arrived. We were seated promptly, but it was at that point that the wait staff seemed to get in the weeds. Our drinks came in really slowly, but it wasn't a big deal. The entire staff was super friendly and apologized about it. and the drinks were excellent when they arrived. Furthermore, the waitress accommodating two of us by swapping out some sakes on the sake flight. What's surprising is that such a tiny kitchen is able to churn out so many wonderful dishes. I'll definitely go back and would absolutely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Excellent Japanese home style cooking. Quiet. Friendly. Not expensive. Definitely going back."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Not your typical run-of-the-mill Japanese menu. These are creative, unique dishes you are not going to find elsewhere. Worth paying a bit more than you might at an average Japanese restaurant. Our server was delightful."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "The dishes were creative and interesting but failed on execution. We had the uni apps and the ratio of uni to bread was off. I can't rate the bone marrow because I'm not a huge fan of it. Finally, the duck main course was overcooked. Instead of a beautiful medium rare that we asked for, we were served medium well. A medium well duck = chewy and tough. The restaurant is in a great location. The interior decoration is adorable. I hope they fix the dishes in the near future."
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "Great food, Great ambience, pisco sour is wonderful and people is friendly. Many reasons to come back, I think. Ceviche are outstanding...i think anyone should try Peruvian cuisine!"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "Family recipe is definitely my favorite restaurant! I love the inventive and creative spin on classic flavors. They continue to amaze me every time. They are also extremely accommodating for various dietary restrictions. I'm a vegan, and I never feel like I'm missing out on anything! The only problem is that I can never decide what I want and end up ordering half the menu!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This is a beautiful tiny gem of a place. I've been 5 times and it never disappoints. Vegetarians and gluten-free can be very happy here. I love the sake flights. The food is delicate and hand-crafted- delicious and surprising. The chef is phenomenal. And great attentive service."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Even if you bring a hungry family of foodies, as I did, and try to order one of everything off of the menu, Family Recipe is worth at least two solid visits. My vegetarian father found incredible dishes that the rest of us loved, too. And the more adventurous carnivores among us were in gastronomic delight with the sheer range of flavors this lovely young chef threw at us. I can't wait to go back with friends!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "was really delicious .. brunch was unexpectedly wonderful."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The food is tasty and unique. I enjoyed the food a lot except that the portions are a bit small. I like every dish we ordered. The dumplings dish is a must have. The waiter and waitress are very friendly and nice, although when there are more customers they are rather busy to catch."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "This is the second time that I have eaten at Family Recipe and the experience was consistent, from the service, to the food. The wait staff are nice and attentive. The food is amazing! I am a vegan but my best friend is not which is what makes FamRec so great because there is something for everyone. The portions are more than generous which allows for sharing and trying different dishes- or not-I had the cauliflower steak with squash and fried Brussels sprouts entree and didn't share. Recommendations: start with the pickles and kimchi. The kimchi is spicy and savory so if heat isn't your thing, try the edamame. My friend went wide eyes over the pork buns and rice bowl. The mushroom salad is tasty, flavorful and light."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "The food was very flavorful. Our drinks were delicious. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/11/2013