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Family Recipe

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4.1
123 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese

2013 & 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand Awardee!
Family Recipe opened on the Lower East Side in September of 2011. The concept grew out of chef/owner Akiko Thurnauer's experiences growing up with a food-obsessed family in Tokyo, Japan, but her cuisine is influenced by her appreciation of New York City and other places around the world. It's not traditional Japanese food; as the New York Times put it, it's "food for the way we live now," satisfying and surprising, created and served in a stylish open kitchen. We call it cooking from the heart. Welcome to Family Recipe!

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4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.0Service
  • 3.7Ambience

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92% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. s

    susuaisingioro

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    chef akiko's dishes are just creative & delicious duck dumplings potatoes w ikura & tobiko salmon crepes her fantastic pickles

  2. a

    abcdefg

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We ate at Family Recipe early on a Sunday night. There were only two other tables seated so it was very pleasant. The design of the restaurant is very open and it was a nice day so we felt like we could enjoy the weather inside. The food was very interesting. More creative cuisine than your typical Izakaya. Particularly, there were a lot of vegetarian options. I loved the Cauliflower Steak with puréed edamame and curry oil. Delicious. There were many things I wanted to try on the menu and I will go back. The waitress was very sweet and pleasant and plenty attentive. The decor was relaxing and aesthetically pleasing. They do a lot with a small space to make it feel open.

  3. j

    jayitz

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My family LOVES Family Recipe - the food is spectacular, the place is FUN, the people are terrific. THe food is really special, clever, creative, and it feels like you are getting a little bit of special family love with every dish

  4. B

    Bikles

    New York Area

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    I have been to Family Recipe for both dinner and brunch a number of times. The food is delicious! The ingredients are always fresh and of high quality. We went for brunch this last time and I had the waffles and chicken wings and my friend ordered the short ribs and eggs, both excellent. We also got an order of the mouthwatering fois gras dumplings - highly recommended!

  5. AM

    AnnM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Very unusual home style Japanese cooking using unusual ingredients. The duck dumplings were especially good.

  6. S

    Simone

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I dined at Family Recipe with two vegans and one meat-eater. There were an above average number of interesting options for vegetarians/vegans/gluten free. It felt like the restaurant didn't have to work hard to create options for these sometimes difficult diets. Everyone enjoyed the meal and was satisfied.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Delicious food! Great service! Even got a free dessert!

  8. S

    Sara

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2014

    overall2food3service1ambience1

    The food portions were too small even when its indicated as a larger plate. Overall the whole menu is overpriced for the amount of food they serve. The waitress kept rushing us for our order, yet there was no one in restaurant. They only have one restroom and it didn't flush. I would never go back to this place.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2014

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Great place for a small group. Excellent menu and unique options of vegans. The Lobster Ramen was excellent!

  10. q

    qdrophnia

    Detroit

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2014

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The food was unusual but everything was tasty. However, prices are quite expensive and overpriced for portion size. Nice place to duck into for some snacks to share or an entree only -- but a three course meal here would set you back a pretty penny.

  11. MC

    MCrystal

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Really interesting riff on Japanese Home Style, like hanging out in a Yokohama coffee house with a band of traveling jazz musicians. Very creative interpretations of old standards.

  12. b

    bigbadjorge

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    I made a reservation for 6 people on a Friday night. The restaurant was pretty well attended when all 3 of us couples arrived. We were seated promptly, but it was at that point that the wait staff seemed to get in the weeds. Our drinks came in really slowly, but it wasn't a big deal. The entire staff was super friendly and apologized about it. and the drinks were excellent when they arrived. Furthermore, the waitress accommodating two of us by swapping out some sakes on the sake flight. What's surprising is that such a tiny kitchen is able to churn out so many wonderful dishes. I'll definitely go back and would absolutely recommend it.

  13. N

    Native

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Excellent Japanese home style cooking. Quiet. Friendly. Not expensive. Definitely going back.

  14. D

    Decoguy

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Not your typical run-of-the-mill Japanese menu. These are creative, unique dishes you are not going to find elsewhere. Worth paying a bit more than you might at an average Japanese restaurant. Our server was delightful.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great food, Great ambience, pisco sour is wonderful and people is friendly. Many reasons to come back, I think. Ceviche are outstanding...i think anyone should try Peruvian cuisine!

  16. RE

    RedEgg

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2013

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The dishes were creative and interesting but failed on execution. We had the uni apps and the ratio of uni to bread was off. I can't rate the bone marrow because I'm not a huge fan of it. Finally, the duck main course was overcooked. Instead of a beautiful medium rare that we asked for, we were served medium well. A medium well duck = chewy and tough. The restaurant is in a great location. The interior decoration is adorable. I hope they fix the dishes in the near future.

  17. G

    libraryG

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Family recipe is definitely my favorite restaurant! I love the inventive and creative spin on classic flavors. They continue to amaze me every time. They are also extremely accommodating for various dietary restrictions. I'm a vegan, and I never feel like I'm missing out on anything! The only problem is that I can never decide what I want and end up ordering half the menu!

  18. p

    pickyeater

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a beautiful tiny gem of a place. I've been 5 times and it never disappoints. Vegetarians and gluten-free can be very happy here. I love the sake flights. The food is delicate and hand-crafted- delicious and surprising. The chef is phenomenal. And great attentive service.

  19. DC

    DanielC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Even if you bring a hungry family of foodies, as I did, and try to order one of everything off of the menu, Family Recipe is worth at least two solid visits. My vegetarian father found incredible dishes that the rest of us loved, too. And the more adventurous carnivores among us were in gastronomic delight with the sheer range of flavors this lovely young chef threw at us. I can't wait to go back with friends!

  20. G

    Girllovesherfood

    New York Area

    157 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    157 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    was really delicious .. brunch was unexpectedly wonderful.

  21. E

    Emery

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was delicious and service was quick!

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2013

    overall3food4service3ambience5

    The food is tasty and unique. I enjoyed the food a lot except that the portions are a bit small. I like every dish we ordered. The dumplings dish is a must have. The waiter and waitress are very friendly and nice, although when there are more customers they are rather busy to catch.

  23. C

    Coops

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This is the second time that I have eaten at Family Recipe and the experience was consistent, from the service, to the food. The wait staff are nice and attentive. The food is amazing! I am a vegan but my best friend is not which is what makes FamRec so great because there is something for everyone. The portions are more than generous which allows for sharing and trying different dishes- or not-I had the cauliflower steak with squash and fried Brussels sprouts entree and didn't share. Recommendations: start with the pickles and kimchi. The kimchi is spicy and savory so if heat isn't your thing, try the edamame. My friend went wide eyes over the pork buns and rice bowl. The mushroom salad is tasty, flavorful and light.

  24. s

    sverrewe

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Had a great time and delicious dinner with my wife and kids. Both drinks and food stood out! Highly recommend the bone Marrow.

  25. J

    Johnny

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The brunch was great! The size was good that it was pretty filling. I also looked through the dinner menu. It looks great but I suggest they can add more selections there...

  26. NY

    NewYorkerxeats

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    When our bill came, the server was very honest & patient w/ making the necessary recalculations on our bill using the voucher we presented. That was much appreciated. And she had a pleasant smile.

  27. F

    Foodbloke

    Key West

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Personable chef-owner turning out inspired Asian fare with innovative treats of familiar ingredients. As all, special spot in area chock full of them, worth the trip.

  28. CC

    CCheung

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2013

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great food and great service with reasonable price!

  29. G

    Goingwest

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2013

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Nice local LES dining spot, relatively cheap with pretty creative dishes. Not outstanding food but definitely interesting an nice atmosphere

  30. FL

    Food4Life

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2013

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Ate early in the evening so the restaurant was very nice and quiet and the kind waiter matched the atmosphere with good service. Friendly, no-attitude, which is always great. Small restaurant with a diverse menu that will meet the needs of vegans to meat-eaters. The Burdock Roots and Eggplant buns were very tasty--good soft, fresh quality bun and the vegetables were seasoned in a vibrant manner. The kale dumplings had little taste, except the slightly spicy sauce, and the dumpling wrapper was tough. As far as I could tell the Kimchi Fried Rice Bowl didn't have any kimchi in it! But, all in all, I will go back to try more dishes. I like the food because it feels like it's Asian-with-a-twist, but not trying hard!

  31. A

    Aadrianz

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been waiting to go to this restaurant since I saw the chef at chopped, I was not disappointed. The place is a cute quite street, the food is amazing and the place is warm and welcome. Must haves are the pork belly buns ad the cold ramen noodles with duck breast. And if u t lucky and they have the dessert special of green tea crepes u shouldn't hesitate and get it. One of the best desserts I have ever had!

  32. K

    Kimball

    New York Area

    195 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    195 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2013

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    The food was very flavorful. Our drinks were delicious. Service was excellent.

  33. v

    vcmd

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Innovative and tasty. Will definitely return.

  34. s

    sverrewe

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great flavors in superb looking dishes. Subtle, smart and sensibly served. Wine quality unsuspected at this price and a charming atmosphere. Kids friendly and yet romantic. Definitely recommended!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2013

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The food was a mixture of Asian and all so delicious. Will eat here often.

  36. 2

    2dine

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2013

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    There really weren't any stand out dishes and half of the dishes were overly salty. I was really looking forward to the meal and my fellow diners and I were left completely unsatisfied, vowing to never come back. The short ribs dish looked and tasted more like beef tenderloin, brussel sprouts were too salty. Pork buns, I've had waaay better elsewhere. The salted fish shrimp fried rice was ridiculously salty, granted given the name it should be but I've had similar dishes before and when done properly, the dish is very savory but not overly salty. Honestly don't know where all the good reviews on yelp came from.

  37. k

    kms2425

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2013

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My wife and I met with a close friend and had a wonderful night. Our server was great, and the food was outstanding! :)

  38. B

    Bikles

    New York Area

    133 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2013

    overall4food5service2ambience3

    We had the 5 course vegetarian tasting and the food was so delicious that I am already looking forward to the next trip back. The food is amazing! The atmosphere is very casual and cozy (tables are very close together) and you will likely hear your neighbor's conversation. While the waiter was very nice and very personable, he was not very attentive - it was difficult to get his attention to order our drinks throughout the evening or to get the check.

  39. DN

    DeliciousNewYork

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2013

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    Calm and quiet. No rush. we had a delicious dinner of miso brussel sprouts, Cauilfower steak, (with chinese bacon), short ribs and mango/watermelon/shrimp salad. Oh, and pork buns-

  40. FM

    FMnyc

    New York Area

    131 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    I loved the brussels sprouts with miso butter, ginger shiitake mushroom dumplings, tofu hijiki scramble rice bowl, and the smoked pineapple rice pudding. Family Recipe is a lovely place.

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Family Recipe is rated 4.1 stars by 123 OpenTable diners

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