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Hakubai - The Kitano
Hakubai - The Kitano

Hakubai - The Kitano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kitano.com
  • Phone: (212) 885-7111
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: 11:45am - 2:30pm(Closed Lunch on Sat & Sun); Dinner: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi
  • Executive Chef: Yukihiro Sato
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 38th
  • Public Transit: 4,5,6,7,S at Grand Central - 42nd St.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Hakubai - The Kitano
Hakubai Japanese Restaurant, you don’t have to fly to Japan to enjoy the finest in Japanese cuisine. The unique Kaiseki cuisine of the Hakubai Japanese Restaurant has been described by the New York Times as “rarefied” and “excellent.”
Kaiseki is a distinctive and delicate cuisine with roots in Zen Buddhism and the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The multi-course dinner is served on an exquisite array of porcelain, pottery and lacquer dishware at carefully timed intervals.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had traveled to Japan 6 years ago and stayed in several ryokans and experienced a number of keiseki dinners there. We wanted to experience it one time more. I chose the $170 Omekase Keiseki dinner and was not disappointed. The quality of ingredients and, perhaps, the most beautiful presentation I have encountered, made this a very memorable dinner indeed. Our server was very attentive and explained all the details of each course which I have carefully recorded. This was a little trip to upscale Japan cuisine without the jet-lag."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Overall, the best, most authentic Japanese restaurant in New York. Attracts a heavily Japanese crowd. Wide selection of classical Japanese favorites and excellent traditional sushi. Good choice of sakes. Service is pleasant and helpful but can seem a bit preoccupied at times. The space is in the basement and has no natural light. Though spacious, some might object to this aspect of the location. Otherwise, a very nice experience."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Expensive hotel restaurant with food that's fine. But in NYC, expensive combined with OK food does not cut it. I happen to live in the neigborhood and had looked forward to eating here for a long time. Much better Japanese restaurants can be found in midtown. Seek them out. For the record we had sushi and shabu shabu."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The quality of the sushi is exceptional. My favorite lunch special is the New Yorker sushi plate. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We are the lovers of Japanese food and it was one of the best food that we have ever ate! The service was great too! I highly recommend this place to anyone who really knows the Japanese food for their special occasion. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I am certainly no expert. Th food was savoury and interesting, new tastes. Very attentive service from the benevolent staff."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The service was very good. Very courteous. Food was nice. Small dishes was fun & pretty. When we went there at 1:15pm, their business lunch set was sold out. Went for lunch with my sister-in-law & she loves the place. Going back there for dinner again this Saturday. I wish there's more offer at Travelzoo website. Only comes out once in a long time. Wondering whether there are any other website that carries this restaurants offer. If they do, please let me know. We love this place."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "I got to the restaurant but was offered a really bad table and the enviroment wasn't pleasant. Therefore due to these two problems I didn't got to eat in the restaurant. I really hope next time I get a better service if there is another. However it's good to clarify that open table's service were very helpful and the bad experience had nothing to do with it."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The spicy tuna rice bowl was a total disappointment. It was not spicy, was simply too salty (soy sauce salty). Too bad because all the rest was very nice."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Absolutely lovely restaurant, service and amazing food. I recommend this highly."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "This place is the one that we Japanese does not have to worry or wonder.... IT is true Japanese food, everything is so Japanese, we do not have to think twice to order. Real food! love it"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "This location offers Japanese haute cuisine. Best experience I have had outside of Japan. True Japanese sensibility with inventive and creative dishes. Fantastic doufu. Beautiful presentation and delicate favors. Highly recommend for someone who wants a special Japanese food experience, not an American Japanese food experience."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was fairly empty on a Saturday night. They chose to spread the few diners among several rooms. So it was uncomfortably quiet. The sushi rolls were good. But the cooked options on the menu were odd and mostly very expensive, perhaps these were choices Japanese travelers might find comfortable, but it was not what a New Yorker is used to. Overall, an uncomfortable experience."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "I'm sure the food would've been good but the restaurant has no scene at all except for travelers staying at the hotel. We were bored listening to the conversation of the people next to us and decided to get up and go."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "We can eat more delicious Japanese cuisine here in Hakubai than at other restaurants in Japan.."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We thought they provide nice Japanese services...but not real Japanese services...they wear Kimono only. My American friend is coming next week, however I wont take him to HAKUBAI, maybe take different Japanese restaurant. I heard many Japanese celebrities stay there, but I dont think restaurant is good as hotel."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "My husband and I flew in from Charlotte, NC area to just experience this dining "Kaiseki Ryori." And it was well worth the experience. Each delicacy was made in the way that only the artisan could arrange and each was prepared exquisitely and delicious. The service was also excellent."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "You can spend a lot or not. Individual pieces are not expensive."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "they serve real japanese food, taste and feel like in Japan. I do not have to doubt about any dish"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "nice restaurant, very quiet, and the food was excellent. The service was perfect. Not a cheap restaurant but a good one !! Then you can go and listen jazz music upstairs."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "My girlfriend took me to this place for my birthday. We ordered the Summer Special Okonomi Kaiseki (7-8 dishes) and it was delicious! The fish and uni were so fresh. The fish melted in my mouth and I was in heaven. Would definitely come back again!"
    Dined on 8/20/2013
  • "Really great for those who miss real Japanese food! It is tasty without Americanized. Whenever I visit NYC, I am there once at least. We enjoyed and left there with happy smile!!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "This restaurant provides professional tradisonal Japanese cuisine. We could eat more delicious dishes than in Japan."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "the place is nice, the food average, the service average but nice. Advantage: you can get away from the noise of midtown manhattan for an hour :)"
    Dined on 8/6/2013
  • "The best Japanese food we have had outside of Japan - and competitive with any restaurant in Japan."
    Dined on 5/25/2013
  • "The food and the style were OUTSTANDING !!!!!! Beautiful , light , great taste , WE WILL RETURN !!!!! This is a must if you visit N.Y.C."
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "Very average in terms of food. Food selection is also not so big. Nothing special"
    Dined on 4/25/2013
  • "The food was great but the night that I was there, there were only 3 waitresses catering so that delayed my dinner for approx 30-60 mins. My total dinner experience was 2 hours long."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "We loved the dinner! The decor was very pleasant and the Japanese food was authentic and of a high quality. We will definitely be returning for another visit."
    Dined on 4/21/2013
  • "ordered the chirashi which was delicious; restaurant is a bit pricey"
    Dined on 4/12/2013
  • "The food comes up a little bit short of expectations. I stayed in this hotel numerous times. In diming in the restaurant which is very pretty and the staff are very congenial my expectations are never quite met"
    Dined on 3/29/2013
  • "Wonderful experience. Five of us tried tasting menu and we all loved it. Every dish was well presented and delicious. Worth every penny !"
    Dined on 3/21/2013
  • "Every time I have travel occassion to NY, I dine at Hakubai. The food is supurb and well prepared with seasonal special dishes, even well worth the travelling distance from Washington DC."
    Dined on 3/15/2013
  • "Service was outstanding! Very nice place to even havae business diner."
    Dined on 3/4/2013
  • "For an authentic Japanese "kaiseki" experience, order the set course or omakase menu. Wonderful traditional style cuisine, in a serene quiet environment that makes it easy to forget that you are in the basement. Vegetarians will love the menu, too. And of course, amazing, polite Japanese service. Our second time there didn't disappoint."
    Dined on 2/9/2013
  • "While the food was acceptable, the prices were way off base for what was served. Whatever they are going for at this hotel, it is missing its mark. I was there for a business lunch. The restaurant is too expensive and the ambiance is very sterile. Each setting at the table includes cheap plastic trays. When someone at the table received their plate of sushi, the plate didn't even FIT on the awkward plastic tray. What purpose did it serve? Instead of the server removing the tray, they placed the plate of sushi on an angle. It was just odd and quite frankly: stupid. Hakubai tried to offer an authentic Japanese experience, but this place fell short in so many ways. The menu is as lackluster as the service."
    Dined on 1/16/2013
  • "Excelente comida japonesa tradicional, buenas atenciones en general vale la pena conocerlo. Muy bien ubicado."
    Dined on 1/14/2013
  • "The restaurant is located in the basement of The Kitano Hotel, giving it an atmosphere of a dark, unwelcome cave with no natural light. The service, as expected, was first class. The food however is now only of medium quality. What a shame; it has declined over time."
    Dined on 1/12/2013
  • "Great Food and Great Service. perfect for Business Lunch."
    Dined on 12/18/2012
  • "The Staff @ Hakubai was fantastic. They're professionalism and customer friendly service shined during our Dining Experience. My Wife and I enjoyed every bite of our Meal, the portion size of every dish was just right. We highly recommend Diners to visit Hakubai if you're celebrating a Special Occasion and pre-order Hakubai's Weekend Special Dinner Course. Don't forget to visit "Jazz at Kitano" and book your Reservations with OpenTable."
    Dined on 12/1/2012