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Hakubai - The Kitano

4.4
248 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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  • Quiet Conversation
  • Business Meals
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday through Friday from 11:45am to 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday through Sunday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm(last call 9:45pm)
Closed on Mondays (Private Parties available on Mondays)
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Phone number
(212) 885-7111
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Yukihiro Sato
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
38th
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Public transit
4,5,6,7,S at Grand Central - 42nd St.
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Special events & promotions
Hakubai has 3 Private Tatami Rooms and 3 Semi-Private Rooms that can
accommodate from 4 to 16 people. Reservations are required only by phone.
Please call us at 212-885-7111 to book your event.
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 248 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
3.6
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

Disappointing; the food at my local Japanese restaurant is better. The only real taste was “salty”. pork cutlet was dry.

Additionally, the service was lack luster. They did pouring keep water and tea, that was nice,

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OpenTable Diner (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The sashimi is fresh and excellent. I felt like I was having diner in Ginza, Tokyo. Good selection of sake and sochu. The grilled kanpachi was amazing. I could have eaten that with a bowl of rice for the night but I resisted because I know i had so much sashimi coming. There were lots of choices in the desert menu. I left my other half enjoyed it.

Thank you.

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CharlesD (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Incredibly feels just like you’re in japan

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vipFoodieSutton (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

A serene oasis for a business lunch. Simple beautiful room, amazing servers in kimonos, and fresh and delicious authentic Japanese food. A hidden treasure in midtown.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Sublime flavors, authentic Japanese, great for lunch or dinner

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 26, 2017

Everything was perfect. My best japonese food experience ever. Professional waitress wearing traditional kimono, kind and efficient. The Shabu Shabu was simply excellent. 100% satisfied.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

久々に、本格的な日本料理をアメリカで頂けました。ありがとうございます。

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Erico (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food, very refined. However, drinks and the food is very pricy. The atmosphere is authentic and reminiscent of Japan. The sushi and sahimi were succulent as well as the Spicy Tuna Don that I had (very exceptional).

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on December 12, 2017

The beef from japan was very authentic and tasty.

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gris (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 9, 2017

Second time there, a special occasion. As always, a beautiful and quiet environment. Exceptional food ((we had the special Kaiseki, unfortunately too late warning for the Omakase), subtle, tasty, diverse) and extremely gracious service.

Hope to repeat soon...

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