Gyu-Kaku - East Village
Gyu-Kaku - East Village

Gyu-Kaku - East Village

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/
  • Phone: 2124752989
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Everyday 11:30am–3pm (last call)



    Dinner:

    Mon–Thu: 3pm–11pm (last call)

    Fri & Sat: 3pm–12am (last call)

    Sun: 3pm–10pm (last call)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Japanese, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: You are the Chef!!
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Gyu-Kaku can host private parties for up to 45 people. We also offer a prix-fixe menu for larger groups. Contact in advance required for large, private events.
  • Private Party Contact: Joseph Homma 2124752989
  • Entertainment: Playing Sports everynight on two 42" LCD

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cooper Sq. / 3rd Ave (between E.5th & E. 6th)
  • Public Transit: 6 train at Astor Place
    R,W train at 8th Street
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. Lot parking is available on 8th st and Cooper or E. 4th and Bowery.
A word from Gyu-Kaku - East Village
Gyu-Kaku East Village is all about fun and food. You are your own chef, cooking tasty morsels perfectly to your liking, right there at your table. It is an ideal way to share a meal with family and friends.

Gyu-Kaku has a variety of original sauces which it uses as marinades and provides for basting of its select meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Grilled by the customer over a glowing charcoal brazier, each item becomes a unique and delectable taste experience. Enjoy!
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Gyu-Kaku - East Village reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (69)fit for foodies (48)great for lunch (44)special occasion (41)hot spot (27)kid-friendly (22)neighborhood gem (19)great for brunch (19)romantic (12)late-night find (12)vibrant bar scene (11)notable wine list (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Delish!
    Meatlover
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I have yet to have a bad meal here....and I've been here a lot, so that says something.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Drmidike34
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food was great and staff was awesome. Meat was very fresh and the garlic noodles were to die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to eat!
    NYFoodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I have been here twice and I have enjoyed it on both occasions. The waiters/waitresses are attentive and friendly and the food is great. It is a busy, bustling restaurant but the booths are very comfortable and give a more private dining experience. I will definitely return. They have a rewards program as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, but..
    Carlitos
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food, service good overall.. But, why do you always try to seat me in the horrid tables when the restaurant is almost empty??? This time around, there were many empty tables, yet we were told to share a table with a family of four, a FAMILY!! We were told that the numerous empty tables were for guests with reservations. Well we HAD reservations! We were then seated at our own table (we weren't even asked whose name reservation was under...). BTW, when we left, most of those same tables were still empty. Otherwise, the food was good and service was quick and cordial.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chris
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    I am not a fun of BBQ, because sometime even if the meat is well prepared, most people still can't do it all right to make it very delicious. I would like a pan of teriyaki than BBQ by myself. However, Gyu-Kaku will tell you exactly how to cook each kind of meat well. And the guys are really happy to help you. They change the grill very often and brush on new oil for you so that you won't see a lot of mess on your grill. must tries: beef tongue, folded mushrooms, pork belly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Even though I have been to this restaurant a few times already, I still can be surprised by the wonderful customer service of the waiters! I know some of the waiters pretty well since I've been here many times since I discovered it 3 years ago. I went to the restaurant this Monday for my birthday and they surprised me with their own version of a birthday cake. It was fantastic! I will continue to go to this restaurant and keep on bringing more and more friends as well!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Loved the food. Great place would recommend to everyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gyu-Kaku.. Yay!
    megisntafoodie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My friend and I have both been to Gyu-Kaku before (I in Hawaii and she in Miami), but not yet in our new home, NY. Although a little tough to find (it's in the building of The Village Voice) it was great. Not too loud, and a great crowd (no NYU kiddos). Celine was our server and was attentive, friendly and put up with our silliness. We came in on a Saturday night, so no happy hour special for us, although I would really like to return for it during the week. As for the food, it's that same as all other Gyu-Kakus, so no disappointment there. We got exactly what we wanted - yay!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent as always
    NYCgrrl
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I've been coming to this restaurant for a couple of years and the service has always been excellent. The servers are knowledgeable of the menu which is a plus in this type of establishment. I try to go during happy hour because some of the deals are excellent. Dining here is an experience,don't rush, enjoy your food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely will go back again!
    luv2eat
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have been to Gyu-Kaku many times and I loved every experience in that restaurant. The waiters are helpful & courteous. I went during the happy hour time and the waiters would give you friendly reminders about the time limit of happy hour. They even allow us to order desserts in advance so we got them at happy hour prices! The ambience of the restaurant feels like a hipster kind of place where you can let loose and enjoy a great time with your family & friends. The noise level is quite moderate, so I don't have to worry about whispering to everyone. Overall, it is a great dining experience and I will definitely keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Lola
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    When I reserved a table online, I mentioned that the visit would be for my husband birthday. And surprisingly, he received a very cute complimentary ice cream. The server was very friendly and helpful. Food was very good. The happy hour menu price is reasonable. We will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Down hill grilling
    neednutradition
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    WE have been celebrating the start of camp with my family here for 6 yrs (and other times) and have never been so disappointed in the service and ambiance. This place has turned into an expensive fast food joint. The food arrived before we could put our napkins on our lap and we were constantly harassed if we wanted more. No sooner had we placed out food on the grill did the dish disappear and not in a good way. My daughter's drink disappeared before she could eat her fruit at the bottom. Ughhh. Not again. Time for a new tradition.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lived in Japan and Love this Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Yakiniku (Japanese barbecue, basically) is one of my favorites, and Gyu Kaku is a restaurant I would go to a lot in Japan. It's fun, you can do the meat as well done or rare as you like, there are a bunch of different sauces to dip in (asks for minced garlic and the other sauces that are not on the table too), and the happy hour deals make it so affordable. Half priced beer and liquor and deeply discounted food choices at lunch and in the afternoon, even on the weekends. You can't beat this place.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My comfort food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    As always, gyu kaku does not disappoint. My server Bobby was very attentive and nice. The food was great! I would highly recommend the bistro hanger steak.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Happy Hour
    Pamphock
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Main courses were a bit pricey considering the portion size but appetizers and Happy Hour drink prices were terrific. Would definitely go there again for apps and drinks during Happy Hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I went here for July 4th, for the all you can eat special. The all you can eat consisted of selected marinated meats along with starting appetizers and other items. It was perfect and i was really satisfied with the food. Servers were very respectful and kind to help us. Service at this place is great and would definitely recommend anyone to go and have a try. Can't wait to go back next time for a good meal :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for happy hour
    Vivi
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food are great and it was so much fun play with the for! The service is amazing, the waiters/esses are so attentive and polite. The price is high though for dinner. So go for lunch or happy hour. You just have to order by 6 to get the happy hour price. I am going back next week. The lady M Mile Crepe cake is also to die for! Drink is only $5 for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    Franki143
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I come here a lot. It's a great place to share a meal. Leave full and happy. I highly recommend this resturant to anyone looking for a great meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • clannada
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    It was great for Father's Day. My kids enjoyed cooking meat over the grill.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fun "Cook Your Own" Experience
    moodyfoodyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Gyu-Kaku is an interesting dining experience. It definitely makes sense to arrive within the time frame that is considered happy hour (until 6 pm, I believe) as the menu options are pricey without the discounts. It is a Japanese BBQ-style restaurant where diners cook meats at a burner on the table. Some of our party were concerned about under-cooking meats and many of us charred our veggies. If you can master the timing, however, it is fun, flavorful, and worth the experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun experience for Father's Day
    Linnnerzism
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Gyu Kaku is a great place to dine at, especially when you take advantage of their happy hour specials. They have a lot of items, which includes drinks and food, that has be price reduced. The service was impeccable, staff were attentive and very responsive. The best bang for your buck would be the Lunch Set which includes your meats to grill along with soup, salad, rice and also a dessert at the end.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Unique Experience
    FeedYourMind
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Great fun, the initial explanation by our waiter was great for us first timers. It really helped to know what to expect and the food was fresh and delicous. Very good service. A great unique dining experience at a relatively affordable price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gyukaku
    Mish
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The day We went was great. The waiters are very attentive and I can tell they try their best. Everytime I come in I notice the bar ambient gets more and more American... But i see it is a way to adopt in.. I love the fact that when they take orders and welcome in new customers they shout in Japanese and that's what they do in Japan and it kind of bring them together. The meat quality is one of the best here in NY. The yakiniku salsas here are top notch just the same as in Japan. I'd love that they fix the restroom situation. Years ago it used to be kept neater and cleaner. It is not only their fault,costomers have to respect and use it clean but the restroom looks like it is not taken care of:( But I know I'd come here once a month:)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Clueless
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The waiter forgets to put the burner on...20 minutes later a bunch of uncooked meat sitting on the grill...I ask to see manager and he agrees to take off the 2 cheapest items off our bill...literally couldn't eat a thing...worst dining experience EVER !!!!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Must Go
    exploringNYC
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This place was recommended to my boyfriend and I by a friend, so we went into it with a positive attitude. That being said, we were blown away with how good the food was! We had the "Ninja Course Meal" for 2, and we felt like food just kept coming. Everything was delicious, and the courses were put together in a fantastic way. Our waiter Ben was attentive but not annoying, and he really set a great vibe. The Pina-Mojito drink was amazing, and Ben even recommended us the best sake for our meal. We will definitely be back. Great for dates, parties, and families alike. A definite must go!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply can't go wrong
    Tamar
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Not sure how they pull it off, but everything is delicious
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Place
    John55VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Ok the food is not amazing but it is not about the food - it is about the fun experience of having some drinks and putting some shrimps on the barbie. Servers were nice enough and a two minute walk from the public theater if you are seeing a show. Bring the kids they will love it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This place is just amazing especially for those who like to cook. Price is very great and you can definitely get your fill of everything on the menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never fails
    LLYL
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Food and service are always great, love going there!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome place to go to any day.
    Eric
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've been to this place a lot for different occasions and it is always great. Food is always in spot. Service is great. Waiters are really nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing place
    Jazzy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Gyu-Kaku is great ! Especially this location it's not to crowded. The food is absolutely delicious , & the service is excellent. I recently took my parents here & they loved it so much they want to come again !!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late Happy Hour
    Amaranth
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I'm a semi frequent Gyukaku diner so my recent visit to the East Village location was nothing new. Though it was the first time I had booked via open table. I was running a few minutes late, but a friend was there earlier and let them know. Thankfully they did not mind holding my reservation while I was 10-15 minutes late. Also it was a few minutes before their dinner happy hour ended at 6pm and they always honor happy hour prices as long as you order before 6.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrible Service
    foodie4eVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I have been to several Gyu-Kaku locations but this one has to be the absolute worst. I arrived with my party of 6 at 9:20pm, in advance of our 9:30pm reservations. We were notified that the current table had their check and would be leaving in "2 minutes". That's fine, we sat at the bar in the meantime. Little did we know 2 minutes minutes would turn in 10 minutes, which would become 15, and ultimately 25 minutes for us to be seated. Normally this wouldn't be an issue, but the manager was the one seating us didn't even voice an apology. You'd expect better customer service from a manager, but that was not that case. To make matters worse, the food arrived 30 min after we ordered and by then, it was already last call. Don't come here.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE
    meg555
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    I love this place. I've been about 3 - 4 times and I am never disappointed. Food is great, service is better. It's a great place to go with one person or with a group. They even sang happy birthday to my husband! We greatly enjoy it every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 68 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 5, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 714 reviews are from the Gyu-Kaku - East Village reviews archive.
  • A+
    EJB01
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    This japanese BBQ restaurant served the customer not only premium fresh meat, they also have great services and great location throughout where I live. This place really got an A+ if there's a test for food.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun
    SaintEve
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    If you are ok cooking you're own stuff, this is one of the best places for a fun dinner for two or more. The happy hours rock. Yes, plural. It's loud during peak hours, but it's still romantic if you want it to be - you're doing things for each other and the lighting is nice. If you have a group, you're making the noise, too. Lunch is quiet and there's plenty of stuff on the menu that you don't have to cook if you don't want to.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Japanese Barbeque
    kalen76
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Had a great time. Delicious food and fun experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good times!
    Jcortes
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food was great, but we did have a problem with the grill that was quickly fixed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 11:30am-6pm Daily Happy Hour!
    PapayaVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great deal for a group to check out for their happy hour. Almost everything on the menu is half off. One turnoff was that they serve all their grilled meats by weight so don't be surprised if you get 6 pieces of "horumon" for 2 orders...it just means you got bigger pieces...well lets hope that is true.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Find
    MidDefinition537
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    For my girlfriends 30th birthday she wanted to try Hibachi. After searching for a good spot we decided on Gyu-Kaku. Overall the servers were great and helped everyone out being our first time eating Hibachi. Food was great too. Nothing bad to say. Definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate