620 8th Avenue (Aka: 231 West 40th Street)
New York, NY 10018Neighborhood:
Theater District / Times Square
JapanesePrice: $31 to $50
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.inakayany.com/
- Phone: 2123542195x
- 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: Sushi, Yakitori, Japanese
- 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
- 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!Continued
Please note this online reservation is for the Robata counter seating.
Please note this online reservation is for the Robata counter seating.
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Inakaya reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since June 22, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (35)good for groups (27)special occasion (20)great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (11)kid-friendly (10)hot spot (8)romantic (5)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- Good food but way too loudOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 10/16/2014This restaurant is frustrating and far too touristy for business lunches. I had lunch there once and will not be going back. The food was of high quality. The service was attentive. But there was a lot of gratuitous shouting by the servers, the chefs and even the host, which is apparently part of the program at this place. The noise, which occurred at frighteningly regular intervals, made it hard to hear my business colleague and hard for him to hear me. Very frustrating. Too much shouting.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/13/2014Fantastic dinner! I had one happy night with the crazy staff of inakaya restaurant. Thanks MaurizioSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dinner at InakayaOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 10/4/2014Great food in an unusual setting. We didn't anticipate all the chefs and waiters calling out to each other in Japanese traditional chant but it was fun!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great sushi and morePotomacFoodyVIPDined on 10/3/2014The service was very good. The sushi rolls were fresh, tofu salad, and the spicy tuna on top of crispy rice was amazing. The kids also enjoyed the sushi as well as the chicken skewers. This was a rare find in which kids were as welcome as anyone else, while still maintaining a nice ambience and overall experience. The noise level was high enough that we didn't have to keep "shushing" the kids...and the food was excellent. The wine list could definitely use improvement -- the selection was not only minimal, but also low quality.Special Features:
- High qualityMikeTDined on 10/2/2014Outstanding Quality and freshness. Sushi was very high quality but not much flare to the rolls. A little more creativity would go a long way.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- fantastic sushiJPetersenDined on 9/18/2014Probably the best sushi I have eaten.topped with a great atmosphere and great service.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Went deaf!TitoTasteTestVIPDined on 9/9/2014From the moment you arrive, the entire staff is loudly screaming what I can only guess as "welcome" or "thank you" in Japanese. The entire nite we just wanted them all to stop yelling. Food & service was good enough but all that yelling would guarantee me not to go back. My ears are still ringing.
- Our new findMichvinDined on 8/23/2014My wife and I discovered Inakaya 2 months ago and made a reservation for our 16th wedding anniversary dinner. Once again the food, service and ambiance were excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and experience. We will definitely return!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic RestaurantDavidRDined on 8/15/2014Loved this Japanese restaurant. I have been to Tokyo several times and this restaurant keeps to all the traditional features and cuisine. Loved it!!Special Features:
- great place rigth in nycPacoDined on 8/7/2014it is expensive the food is great , totaly a nyc place to visit and in times square /Special Features:
- It's perfect!MENGDined on 8/6/2014We came here in restaurant weeks. The sashimi there was soooooo fresh and delicious. Also, the green tea ice cream was amazing. I love it!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Strange PlaceBdimoVIPDined on 8/5/2014Food was great. I guess that is all that matters.
- Great robataWallStreetLawyerVIPDined on 8/4/2014Note, this is a great place for sushi; however, it is a wonderful place for robata (Japanese grilled food on a stick). Note, Open Table reservations are for the bar/counter area, not for table service--and service can be slow, so it loses a star for those factors. But great if you're seeking something different near PABT/Times Square/Theater District.
- japanese kitchen at it's best!MaggieDined on 8/2/2014We came to celebrate our wedding aniversary. And boy, was it a good choice! The quality of the food amazed us. Super fresh fish, deliciously prepared and presented beautifully. Just to try something different we also had the pork belly in special broth. Wonderful! The staff was friendly, fast and attentive. They even were so thoughtful to sing a Japanese celebration song for our anniversary and gave us a free desert. All in all a wonderful experience. We will certainly go here again when in New York!I would recommend this to a friend.
- Japanese SurpriseOzInNewYorkDined on 7/31/2014I found Inakaya during New York Restaurant week. This place has a great vibe. The centerpiece is the open kitchen where you can see the chefs do their thing. You can also sit around the kitchen which is good for singles. The staff greet you with shouting in Japanese. The food was exceptional. I had sashimi. The quality of the fish was A1. Then Miso Codfish with baked rice ball. The fish melted in my mouth and the accompanying asparagus and mushroom had a nice crunch. Finished with green tea and black sesame ice cream. Always a good way to end. I also had matched sake which complimented the dishes. I highly recommend this exciting and enjoyable dinning experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- SnowiiDined on 7/22/2014I have been there for few time with my friends and we all liked it. However, this time, the food is not as fresh as before. We have tried prefixed menu-- sashimi and black cod fish. It is not fresh enough like before. Little disappointed at this time.Special Features:
- Love this restaurantGodzilaDined on 7/22/2014Excellent services, delicious food, definitely will return againSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DeelishgroovyfoodieDined on 7/22/2014Wonderfully prepared fresh fish, simple dishes, really wacky and attentive staff!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Loud and expensive but authenticdariusmaximusDined on 7/16/2014$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.Special Features:
- AP1128Dined on 7/14/2014Nice to have a different experience in the city and they produced it for you. Would repeat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent West Side Japanese FoodDeeCee1409Dined on 7/14/2014I've been to Inakaya many times. The servers are gracious, and the food is top-notch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Luv the place...OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIPDined on 7/7/2014.....right combination of excellent food, very good service and reasonable price.Special Features:
- Fun and interestingOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 7/3/2014Nice 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.Special Features:
- Gem in Times SQ, Pre Theater mustablockDined on 6/25/2014A perfect enjoyable place to eat in the middle of gross hustle bustle times square for dinner before a broadway show.
- Fun and delicious!AlexDined on 6/22/2014Inakaya 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What a surprise!lisbethDined on 6/22/2014It 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.Special Features:
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- Terrific and different JapaneseAndyVIPDined on 6/19/2014I'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.Special Features:
- Fun with my nephew!lwsasidDined on 6/18/2014I 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!Special Features:
- Great foodKdiningVIPDined on 6/14/2014Great food, friendly service, nice, clean place....had a very good time with my friend.Special Features:
- Felt Like I was in TokyoBlockheadVIPDined on 6/12/2014I 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.Special Features:
- The WORSE waitress ever!June4VIPDined on 6/4/2014We 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.
- good food, good servicehyraxVIPDined on 5/28/2014very good experience, best japanese food and food ever. the combo is also goodSpecial Features:
- Bensia69Dined on 5/27/2014The food was so so. It was dissapointing since I was expecting more minding the good review.I would recommend this to a friend.
- AuthenticBrandonDined on 5/25/2014We 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.Special Features:
- EntertainingOutoftownerDined on 5/24/2014The food was very good. Large selection of items. Made mochi for entertainment.Special Features:
- Preserves its excellent standardsOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/22/2014I 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.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- hidden awayFeasterVIPDined on 5/15/2014Tucked 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.Special Features:
- MagnificentJelenaCroatiaDined on 5/9/2014Food is great, service is entertaining - an overall magnificent experience! I will definitely come again next time I visit NY!Special Features:
- Fails to deliverAluv2ineDined on 5/7/2014Out 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.Special Features:
- great food but loud...cynthiaVIPDined on 5/1/2014the 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.Special Features: