Gyu-Kaku - Times Square
Gyu-Kaku - Times Square

Gyu-Kaku - Times Square

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.gyu-kaku.com/
  • Phone: (646) 692-9115
  • 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: Fusion / Eclectic, Barbecue
  • Executive Chef: Japanese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: A table of up to 15 guests situated in the back of restaurant in a private dining room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between 8th and 9th Ave
  • Parking: No
A word from Gyu-Kaku - Times Square
Gyu kaku's specialty is Yakiniku where our guest become chefs, cooking up a variety of luscious marinated meats, along with a wide variety of delectable dishes, served with our invigorating spirit and sublime atmosphere, you will definitely enjoy your experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBarbecue
Gyu-Kaku - Times Square reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (70)fit for foodies (38)great for lunch (38)special occasion (30)hot spot (17)kid-friendly (16)romantic (13)great for brunch (11)late-night find (11)neighborhood gem (9)vibrant bar scene (8)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great for a birthday party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We went for my husband's 40th birthday. We had a big group, 18 people and everyone enjoyed participating in cooking the meat. We ordered the meat lovers for 6 people. so 3 total and there were tons of foods. We were all pleasantly full. The only negative was the mochi desert came out very melted. It was sitting out for way too long that all the ice cream seeped out of the mochi so that was a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating
    honestlabel
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Lets get the negatives out of the way, first off we weren't allowed to be seated unless everyone was here. (I had a party of 8) Then when we finally got seated, the table couldn't fit us comfortably. We were seated too close for comfort and had no leg or arm room. They could have seated us in a slightly bigger table. Overall, the food was nicely marinated. The service was good, even though they forgot to give us all waters... and they "ran out of cups". Place is definitely good for group dine ins. It is a bit pricey but then again we are in the city but i still dont think its worth that price. The food portion is huge, we got the meat lover and we all were pretty stuffed but we did get some appetizers and some sides as well. You did had to grill the food yourself, which we didnt mind at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not so touristy
    bigbadbob
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Pleasant surprise that this was not half bad for a time square restaurant. The grilling on the table is fun. There was a wait, but we had reservations so we were seated immediately. The chateau brain was the best of the meats we ordered. The spicy tuna volcanos was also good with the crunchy rice it is served on. Best of all we didn't expect desert, but apparently the combo has included - must have missed it in the menu. They brought us smores and it just hit the spot. For less than $100 for two people including drinks it was also a good deal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best place
    Ellie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    It was my friends and I first time at this restaurant. This is all I keep talking about. I love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Becoming a Regular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    When I visit a location more than 3 times within a month I am sure I am becoming a regular. There are a few waitresses there that are very kind to explain everytime we come by with how to cook our meats and very attentive. I personally enjoy the toro beef and the spicy pork when it cooks well done. Though what gets me is the hidden gems of garlic noodles, and crispy bacon chips. <3
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • decent cook it yourself food
    Phil2bb
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The meat and variety at the Gyu Kaku chain is decent but never spectacular. The service is good and the food comes fast. However, I find that overall, the price is high.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jessica
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Food is very tasty and great service! We enjoyed it very much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • super friendly
    VixenVenice
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I love how the servers were always smiling. They were very nice with how they explained the menu. I brought my boyfriend for his birthday. It was a first for both of us. I'm really glad I chose this spot. The way they decorated the dessert with the candle was gorgeous. It feels more of a group setting but you'll definitely enjoy yourself. Definitely go during happy hour. The prices are cut in half. It's more like a light dining though depending on what you order. The drinks are very good. Overall we had a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty BBQ
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Good tasting BBQ. Get to cook the food yourself on your table. This place is great if you can get in before happy hour ends (6pm). I had a reservation at 6pm, and we arrived about 5 minutes early. The waitresses rushed to get our order in for the last call for happy hour. We may have felt slightly rushed, but it was for a purpose, so we appreciated it. We also had a show to catch, so the quick service was nice, and the food also came very quickly. Everything was tasty.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor version of Gyu-Kaku mid-town
    HelloKitty5
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Imitation of Japanese/Korean food, about 6 different waiters visited table, which was very confusing. Food was ok, very salty and contained MSG.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a great time!
    BW3104
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I went when it was my Bro's B-day. Wasn't our first time at a yaki-niku restaurant, but it was our first time at Gyu-kaku. We did the Kobe Meal Course it was very delicious. Will really recommend this place to my friends and family as well as come back in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rude hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    This restaurant really needs to get a new hostess. She is rude and ignorant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible lunch experience
    Chino
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I normally love Gyu-kaku and i am a frequent guest in East Village location. For the first time, we went to Times Square location because we were going to see a play afterwards in the theater district. There was something wrong with each of the dishes we ordered. Kalbi had no taste, one of the meat with miso flavor was way too strong, mushroom medley was too salty etc... I am also used to having the grill exchanged a couple of times throughout the meal, but this day, it NEVER happened. The waitress only came once towards the end of the meal to ask if everything was okay. I was hugely disappointed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • great food. great happy hour value.
    shrecchi
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I just love gyukaku. Great services and great value for happy hour. Great place for group dinner. I can go whatever occasion whenever I can.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too salty
    dloverVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Compare to other branches this place is too salty. Little disappointed
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Birthday Dinner!
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Went for my girlfriends birthday dinner with a group of 9 and it was great! We made the reservation for 5pm because the happy hour ended at 6 and we wanted the half off drinks and food specials. Once we were all there, we were happily surprised to be seated in our own room in the back with a big table and two grills. The waitress let us order as many drinks as we wanted ahead of time before the happy hour was up, which was awesome! There are group meals that are on sale for happy hour so we ordered two that were meant for 4 people each and it was a perfect amount of food for 9. The dessert was s'mores, the waitress even brought out extras so we all had some. Overall, it was a great birthday dinner I would definitely go again in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I been there two times and both times have been extremely enjoyable. I am hoping to become a regular when time allows me to
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Loved this place. Meat soooo tender. Will return. It's great to have control over how your meat is cooked
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food; too noisy and too hard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Although the noise level ratings only go to "Energetic" I would say that this restaurant is ridiculously noisy. It's unpleasant, chaotic and too much work for dinner. We went with a group of 8 and it was hard for the "cooks" to even eat. Although the ingredients seemed fresh, this place was just not a good experience, even for what they were trying to do. I expected a much calmer, but still fun and energetic experience. Unfortunately, that is not what we got.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Night Out
    hiddenl1fe
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Took my girlfriend here for our anniversary. The food was delicious, the servers were very helpful. Overall a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AWESOME- my fav
    Guest
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I love Gyu-Kaku!! I go about 1-2 a month and I definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hasty meal
    gh07981VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The meal felt really hasty because everything we ordered all came at once, leaving us with no room to eat. Because of that, we had to grill the meat asap to free up some space and didn't have time to just sit back and enjoy the food. All of the meats ended up tasting really similar to me because the meal was so hasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Unimpeccable Customer Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I reserved a table for 8 people but they gave us a table for 6 and we were squished. The service was slow. I had to order a pitcher of beer 4 times with 3 different people. It didn't meet my expectations.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Cool Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had great experience. Waiter asked if he needed to explain how everything works and was more than helpful. Fun to cook your own food. Very good for the price. Dinner for 2 with about 5 drinks. $100 before tip. Great for parties up to 12. 2 Entrees each and a an appetizer each is plenty. You'll be satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good for asian group
    wilson
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    asian group activity always is regarded noisy as that is the case they have the culture to show their happiness and life passion. many restaurant dislike what they do often. but this restaurant welcomed us and we enjoyed a paradise of drinking and loud talking and laughing. one boss of us was drunk leads to the climax of the dinner!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My go to spot
    freshoffthegrill
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Gyu-Kaku has become my favorite place to eat over the last three years. I've been to multiple locations and even have a favorite waiter at the time square restaurant. Peter is cool, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. He knows the ins and outs of that menu and can always suggest something fun and tasy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shift change
    xSummerSeedx
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always like the food here but arriving at 3:45 PM got us caught in the middle of a shift change where we waited a long time for food. Also, the air conditioner was dripping onto us and even into our food at one point. I have had lots of great experiences here so I'll be back but was a little disappointed this time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BBQ-Tastic
    Jai32
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service is great! Be prepared to want to BBQ everything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really good
    techgirl
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Overall it was a good experience. The only thing is that we had a reservation and they couldn't seat us because they had another large group where they had wanted to seat us. Otherwise, everyone enjoyed the food and were surprisingly delighted with the experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Place
    Favorite
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My son and I always visit this restaurant when he is home from school. We love the food and the service. Always a fun time !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Different experience - enjoyed it!
    RickVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This is as much an experience as it is a meal. You cook your own food, on a BBQ grill in the middle of your table. Great for groups of 6 or fewer. The food was really good. Very high quality meat and vegetables. The service could have been a little more attentive, but the staff was friendly enough. We were on vacation in NYC, and had friends, who live in NYC, with us. Great opportunity to visit in a fun atmosphere over good food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service here was slow!
    Duckydines
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have been to all the locations and although this was my second time at this location, TS, I have to say the service was disappointing. We had to ask for our refill beverage several times after waiting an unusual long time. An Incorrect dish was brought over and the correct one had to be resubmitted. It was just scattered and long waiting on service. Food wise I love it all Except the filet mignon was very tough.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude front desk but overall great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Came back for its great happy hour deal. The food blows me away each time--the meat, side dishes, and green tea mille crepes were all very delicous. Our servers were very courteous and attentive. Unfortunately, this time around, my sister and I found the front desk lady to be rude--yes, it was completely our fault for running late, but we went in the middle of the afternoon and more than half of the tables were open. We didn't see the need for her to restate the fact that we were late in the most condescending tone. I would expect a restaurant in Times Square to be receiving many tourists who don't schedule their days around one meal. Amazing food and convenient location, but I probably wouldn't take out-of-town visitors here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food great service
    Chris4593
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    For the price you receive a lot of food. Almost too much. Great service. Nice place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it here
    JerseyGirlFoodie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I love Gyu-Kaku! That food is so yummy and so reasonably priced for Times Square. I enjoy the factor of cooking your own food. Happy Hour is the best in all of NYC, if you ask me. Half priced drinks AND apps? Yes, please!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 67 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 196 reviews are from the Gyu-Kaku - Times Square reviews archive.
  • Extremely noisy, but delicious food
    SabrinaVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I went there for dinner, to celebrate early Mother's Day with my parents, but the place was extremely noisy. We had to yell at each other to be heard, and it was not really pleasant. What makes this place worth is the quality of the food. The service is also good and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great way to end a perfect weekend
    uncgrad
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    My 12 year old daughter and I ended our perfect girls weekend in NYC with a visit here. We found it in one of our NYC guides, and it sounded fun. We got the "beginner" meal combo, and it was more than enough food. We enjoyed our experience cooking our own food. The staff was very patient and kind in helping us along. I would highly recommend it to families...it was affordable, especially by New York standards!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our Mini-reunion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We have not met our East coast classmates for quite a while. The venue for this next meeting was crucial; it should allow good interaction while providing good food and activity at the same time. Gyu-Kaku was a most appropriate venue. With its warm ambience and the need to "cook your barbecue", the lunch hour went smoothly and provided activity while encouraging active interaction within thegroup. The food was delicious and very tasteful, and surprisingly, even the desserts.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-Theatre dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Ate at Gyu-Kaku (Korean barbeque) pre-theater on a Tuesday night. Service was great; food was fun and is cooked by diners at their own table. I highly recommend the mushroom side-dish; it was so good we ordered a second.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cheap and nice
    AnnieVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    We arrived 5.55pm not knowing about the Happy Hour. They still let us order dinner and drinks Happy Hours priced at 6.30 which is amazing! Food and service was great! Would recommend and will go again when I go to Broadway again
    • Food
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    I would recommend this to a friend.