Azasu

4.6
24 Reviews
$30 and under
Izakaya

About

Azasu is a casual neighborhood izakaya located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

We serve Japanese comfort food and bar snacks – the sort of food best eaten with a drink in one hand and chopsticks in the other. Family-style pork gyoza, crispy fried chicken karaage, comforting Japanese curries, rice, and noodles come to the table alongside icy mugs of Japanese beer and frozen yuzu cocktails.

Our food loves booze, so the drink menu overflows with Japanese whiskies, frozen shochu drinks, and Japanese Hoppy (a popular non-alcoholic beer spiked with shochu). Our hand-picked list of almost 20 types of cup sake (individual glass jars of sake with metal pop-can tops) is the only one of its kind in NYC.

Azasu is a place where you can stop by for quick beer and a plate of gyoza after work or linger late over shared plates and a round of cocktails (or four) with friends. See you soon.

Kampai!
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4.6
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vipReginaA
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood find, very attentive and fast service, authentic menu, some unique signature dishes that we love and will return for. Well priced sake menu offering too!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Whether we come the two of us or with a big group like last Saturday the food is always good and the staff amazing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet with friends. Prices aren’t bad the service is great and not pushy at all. It’s great for hanging out with friends for a while.

NC
NicolaC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Azasu is a Japanese typical Izakaya with excellent food selection and reasonable price.
Perfect for a tapas style dinner to share with your crew. Worth a try!

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jfoeia
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sumo hotpot is really tasty and the atmosphere is relaxing. Also, it is very healthy with lots of veggies in the pot. However, I don't think the portion is that large. It was not enough when we ordered 2-people pot for 2 people.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites in the LES! The menu is eclectic but extremely manageable We have been there 3 times and we have not encountered a bad dish. The highlight is the Chunkonabe, which is a stew Sumo wrestlers eat to bulk up before a match. We normally order two servings of the stew and about 4 other dishes, which comfortably feeds 4 adults. Other dishes we have tried are the seared mackerel, sake clams, takoyaki, various skewers, yakisoba, and karaage. There is a large assortment of cup sakes (with pull back tabs) that are very popular in Japan.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was not surprisingly good - but I was sick so may have not tasted everything. Pot was not as big as I thought. The fried chicken and age tofu was the best!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The service was very neglectful and slow. We waited for about fifteen minutes before a water glass was brought for one guest and about the same time for water refill. No one acknowledged us unless we flagged them. The waitstaff do not scan the room when walking through it.
Food was mediocre, about the quality usually for catering to college students but the price point a bit above that. Overall, one gets the feeling that this is a place for "kids" who don't expect too much in way of food or service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Japanese research I've ever been!! Lots of great food!

MJ
vipMrsJ
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you know what izakaya places in downtown Tokyo are like, this is a version of it.

This is one of my favorite Japanese places in NYC when I miss some authentic flavors of my home country.
Azasu is a little sister of Yopparai, which is an upscale izakaya with Michelin recognition. Azasu brings low-key, super casual, and fun downtown Tokyo vibes. And the food is seriously good. Most tapas dishes are the staple comfort food and street food, but the quality is above most others in NYC.
Their specialty is "nabe" which is Japanese hot pot customarily eaten in sumo houses. Sumo is their theme, and you can see the sumo matches on the TV. I love their miso chanko nabe - the miso has so much umami and flavors. It is big, so share it with 3-4 ppl in addition to some tapas dishes, like fried chicken (yum!), mackerel, kushi, etc. They have many "cup sake" besides izakaya staple of "chu hai."
It is a fun place to share food w/ friends, and the staff is super friendly.

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intothevoid
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2017
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Small portions for the entrees but great flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Just okay - takoyaki had too much ginger, ramen was pretty bad. I didn't try the hot pot which they are better known for. Took us about 30 minutes to get the check.

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vippecochan
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and people!

VH
VenturaH
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Japanese restaurant I've tried in NYC. The hearty service and warming hot pot bring us back to Japan. We were surprised that the portion of food, especially hot pot was bigger than we expected, which is good. Relaxing atmosphere, as if dining at home.

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Cass
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reminded me of local diner-like spots in Tokyo that serve a great variety of food paired for drinking. But the food itself is top-notch, well made and quite authentic. Servers were very helpful and talked us through some of the nuances of Japanese hot pot which I would highly recommend. All the ingredients were very fresh and tasty.

M
Mitzi
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend loves Japanese sake, especially the sake brewed at the local brewery in Japan. For that, this restaurant has all kinds of local sakes imported from Japan and a remarkable selection. Some of the sakes are hard to get in NYC! It's worth of a trip!

MJ
vipMrsJ
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I'm Japanese, and *new* Azasu is now one of my favorite places in NYC.

In 2015, their management took an overhaul of this place and totally revamped it by bringing a new experienced chef from Japan, new staff, and new menu. Now their features are "Nabe" (hot pot) with Sumo matches on the screen (Sumo wrestlers are associated with Nabe in Japan).
Although, to some people, the menu might look similar to the old one with many Japanese comfort food, the food is completely on another level. Azasu is owned by the same people of Yopparai, which is an upscale sake bar around the corner with a fabulous culinary standard. But Azasu's dishes are more casual, downtown izakaya-type food (and a lot less expensive).

Aburi shime saba is lightly broiled at the table, fried chicken was super juicy, and chanko nabe (miso) was awesome. The staff is super friendly and does a lot for you at the table, so you're well taken care of. When you think you're done with nabe, they'll make 'zosui' (Japanese porridge) for you to really finish. Dishes are on the larger side, so they're good for groups. It should be a group of 3 or more to share and enjoy variety of dishes.

The sake cup selection is great. They also have some sake by the glass and 'chu-hai' (mixed drink with shochu). It's a fun vibe, but the food is even better.

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vipKatherine
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really cool place! The servers are really sweet and made the experience of eating new and exciting food even better. How many places in the city can you get a delicious hot pot and watch sumo? It's awesome.

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vipAndrew
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and even better service! Definitely worth the one cup sake's...you can even keep the glass!

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foodwanderer
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I stumbled upon Azasu with some friends. We split appetizers and all ordered drinks. The food was fresh and delicious, the service was helpful and diligent, and the atmosphere was fantastic. It's a small place, but it is worth booking a reservation on their website!

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Amber
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This place is great for a casual dinner for a large group; The restaurant has more long tables than smaller ones so group members won't have to split between tables.
While some are traditional Japanese dishes, they also have American-inspired Japanese foods such as Cheeseburger Spring Roll, which you would eat with lettuce and BBQ sauce. They are friendly for those who are not familiar with Japanese food, and fun variation to try if you are familiar. They seem to have "heavier" foods than you would expect for a Japanese restaurant, with lots of fried items and meat overall, while there are lighter options such as Tofu Gyoza (Dumplings) and salads.
The staff are very courteous yet friendly, making the already-great food and atmosphere even better. Definitely a recommended place, if you are looking for a casual, quick bite in Lower East SIde.

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MarkL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience3

My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed Azasu. Great selection of sake, the food was on-point, and Hobby with a shot of shochu was awesome.

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vippecochan
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was waiting long time to have Hoppy and good quality of cup sake from Japan in NY! The food is great too! Casual delicious Japanese comfort food such as gyoza, karaage, and Japanese style sandwiches!

LS
vipLatinaSweetie
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Go with friends and order everything on the fried section of the menu. Other standouts were the fried rice with pork, the pork dumplings, tako yaki, and ginger pork. The small plates are wonderful for sharing just ask how many pieces are on each plate so that you make sure you have enough for your group. Great Sake selection and the cocktails are on point!

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Azasu is rated 4.6 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.