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Inakaya
Inakaya
  • Address:
    620 8th Avenue (Aka: 231 West 40th Street)
    New York, NY 10018
    Neighborhood:
    Theater District / Times Square
  • Cuisine:
    Japanese
    Price: $31 to $50

Inakaya Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.inakayany.com
  • Phone: (212) 354-2195
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Yakitori
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West 40th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue)
  • Public Transit: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, and S trains to Times Square/42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Central Parking System is located on 252 West 40th Street (across the street from the restaurant).
A word from Inakaya
Our original restaurant in Japan was established and opened its first door in the heart of Roppongi, Tokyo in 1970, as the traditional "Robata-yaki" restaurant. Since then, Inakaya has been loved by substantial numbers of distinguished personalities, comprising of former President of the United States, Hollywood stars, and other celebrities and the epicureans from around the world for more than 30 years. "Robata" is the Japanese term that stands for "around a sunken hearth" and "yaki" means "grilling". Families used to gather around the hearth for dinner, which evolved into "Robata-yaki" style. It is known as a type of traditional cuisine, which features fresh ingredients grilled in proximity of guests' own eyes. Foods are cooked on open-flame, its ancient but healthy grilling method of dropping excess oil has attained its popularity, and has spread throughout Japan. And now it comes to New York!
Please note this online reservation is for the Robata counter seating.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Excellent services, delicious food, definitely will return again"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "$30-ish for a sashimi lunch with soup or salad (not both) is pretty steep, but the quality is excellent. We also got the tuna sashimi selection for $32, and was likewise first rate, but it only included 5 pieces. They do the shouted greetings and goodbyes whenever someone enters or leaves like the do in Japan, and that is kind of fun, and adds to the energetic vibe in the place. Lots of NYC sushi restaurants are like mausoleums."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Nice to have a different experience in the city and they produced it for you. Would repeat."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "I've been to Inakaya many times. The servers are gracious, and the food is top-notch."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • ".....right combination of excellent food, very good service and reasonable price."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Nice open space and great staff add to a very nice dining experience - definitely get the Masu delivered to you on a paddle and the head on tail on shrimp were the largest I have ever seen - and quite yummy - the kobe skewers, however were a little underwhelming."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A perfect enjoyable place to eat in the middle of gross hustle bustle times square for dinner before a broadway show."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Inakaya had a fantastic atmosphere and equally fantastic food. The restaurant really tried (and succeeded) to make feel as if you were in Japan. The service was great, they were all very attentive. Large menu with lots of delicious options. Large sake list as well."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "It was wanderful to find that Manhatan had a Tepan House in the same traditional style I've seen in Japan. Good food, good service, good entertainment. I definitely recommend."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I've been to Inakaya three times with different people, and we've all loved it every time. In some ways, it resembles a Japanese tapas place--quite different from, and to my mind much more intersting than, a traditional Japanese restaurant, though it does have sushi and sashimi for those who like that. The service is friendly and the place is lively without being too noisy to conduct a conversation. It's convenient to theater or movies in the Times Square area, but note that, though it has an Eighth Avenue address, it is actually located midway between Seventh and Eighth on 40th."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "I had made a reservation for lunch before taking my 10 year old nephew to see Newsie..in next block so booked for convenience and sushi is one of the few foods he loves. Never expected the fun greeting and atmosphere...great energy in the place! And it really entertained my nephew til show time. The sushi was like butter...melted in your mouth....will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Great food, friendly service, nice, clean place....had a very good time with my friend."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I loved the experience! Dining as theatre. This is a true Japanese Robata, exactly as I was fortunate enough to experience, when I had the opportunity to work for a month in Tokyo. Very different than other Japanese restaurants, but don't worry. The sushi is great and the other dishes are as well. I went with my son and we had a great time."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We went on June 4, 2014 for dinner, however, the waitress was so rude and unreasonable! We went for a BUSINESS dinner, and booked for a table for 12ppl (I booked via opentable and called to cfm the seats for a big group to sit together after making reservation in the afternoon), but when we arrived she asked us to sit in two different tables, and then she was being UNREASONABLE and VERY RUDE the whole evening! Worse waitress we have ever had! This was not our first time there for business dinner/lunch and certainly not the first time we went as a big group, however, first time ever to be asked to sit in different tables. We were very disappointed the way Inakaya treat their customers. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "very good experience, best japanese food and food ever. the combo is also good"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "The food was so so. It was dissapointing since I was expecting more minding the good review. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "We just returned from a trip to Japan and while we were in the city we decided to go looking for food that was as close as we could get to having Japanese food again. We came across this establishment and upon walking in and hearing the Japanese greetings being called out when we entered was a welcome sign. The Robata area towards the back of the restaurant was exactly how a similar area in Japan would be set up as well. Even the facilities contained within the restaurant were true to a Japanese establishment. The food was prepared well and we enjoyed being able to take a slight trip down memory lane by eating here. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was very good. Large selection of items. Made mochi for entertainment."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I have met with business colleagues for lunch at Inakaya for over 5-7 years. The standard is always superior, service is excellent and quality of food is beyond words. Highly recommended for business meetings. I have invited overseas colleagues from the UK & Australia at this location and they all loved it. A classy and sophisticated choice."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "Tucked around the corner of 40th Street off 8th Ave, its the perfect place to have dinner before the theatre. Portions are large so sharing is advised. Delicious sushi."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food is great, service is entertaining - an overall magnificent experience! I will definitely come again next time I visit NY!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Out of the six things that we tried to order at 6 PM, they were out of three, including red bean ice cream. Who runs out of ice cream when you can simply keep it in the freezer? We also felt rushed by the server, who was setting up our seats for the next diners before we even finished our desserts. The food was also overpriced. That being said, the sashimi was nice and the Kobe beef skewers were excellent. However, the salmon skin was not crispy at all. Lastly, the seaweed salad was tasteless, and I'm pretty sure that two of the alleged five different types of seaweed were the same, but dyed different colors."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "the food was great, the layout of the restaurant is open & nice, the waiters could have been a bit more attentive and both the waiters & the chefs were very loud, yelling japanese to each other, which i suppose is part of the atmosphere, but it was difficult to have a conversation when they started yelling things like: "ahhsoooHAAA" to each other SO loud we couldn't even hear each other, as well as banging on wood. it got to be annoying and we ended up leaving early because of it."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The location makes this place great for before a show, its also a large space so allows for groups easily without feeling crammed in. Its not overly fancy. We ordered the prefix which was good, they substituted my sushi for sashimi even though it said no substitutions. Desert came out a bit slow since we needed to get to a show. Overall, i would recommend for a casual dinner before a play. Also, would love if they would add a few "special" rolls to the menu as the sushi menu consists of the regular sushi options only. Lots of options for the non sushi eater tho!"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "We were in NYC for the weekend, walked by the restaurant on our way to back to our hotel, and decided to go back for dinner the next night. Servers were very attentive, and the food was great, including the sushi and sashimi. Try the grilled tuna - fresh and fabulous!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Different Japanese atmosphere - fun - enthusiastic "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The bar is a great. It is not a traditional bar but one where you are eating and being served with long platters/tray. Its very interesting being so close as they prepare your food its kind of like Benihana but no heat and bit more upscale. Its a very entertaining restaurant. The Japanese BBQ is very tasty and healthy."
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "The food is really good. 2nd time here and the ambiance, service and food were once again highly enjoyable. A bit expensive, but anything good is expensive, no?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "It felt like I was back in Japan. Authentic food and ambiance. Fun if you want to try something different."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Similar to their Restaurant in Tokyo, JAPAN. This is a fun restaurant."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A great spot for pre-theater lunch or dinner. The food is tasty and the service is entertaining. Our teenagers loved it. We recommend it enthusiastically."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Excellent! Sit at the bar and have food served to you from 5ft away. Amazing baked cod. Sushi is good. I'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We wanted sushi and our hotel recommended this restaurant. We then reviewed on Open Table. We were not disappointed. My client and I enjoyed our selections and would eat here again next time in NYC."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "fun place, extremely loud, but sit at the bar and enjoy the mini-show before the show!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Fantastic grilled fish & veg, fresh & delicicious sashimi, and deadly boxes of cold sake around the hearth, served up on boards to your eager grasp. Different, fun and delicious pre-theater or game!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Just a short walk from Penn Station. Inakaya's sushi was very good and reasonably priced. The service is excellent."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Being a Japanese, must say the quality of sashimi was good compared the other Japanese restaurants in the city. However, the price is just too much especially the sashimi and the robata. I can guarantee you that eating here means paying the priciest robata and robata isn't a food you need to pay up for."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We went here several times and were satisfied. But this time it was a poor experience due to very poor service: - first no menu were given to us - then waitress forgot our order, mixed up with computer for 30', and it ended our appetizer finally arrived after the entrees! - food that is generally good was not cooked properly: squid under cooked and fish over cooked Bad experience this time that doesn't reflect the general quality of this restaurant"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Would have been a great experience however there was a bone, not that small, in a piece of sashimi. Unacceptable for a higher end restaurant."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Looking for a good sushi/fun atmosphere place to take my 20/something daughters before "Aladdin" on broadway. Never have experienced a place like this! They greet you and all the waiters/chefs shout out in Japanese. The saki menu is extensive. We went during restaurant week, and were treated to quite the menu. Half our party chose from the menu/ the rest of us went with the "restaurant week" selections and added the "saki pairings". That gave us 3 different sakis paired with each course which were amazing, even in the way they were served! This was our first time in a Robata style atmosphere with the chefs reaching over the bar and serving your food with a long handled paddle. So fun, food great, total success! e"
    Dined on 3/5/2014