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About Hakubai - The Kitano

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.

66 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki

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)

Cross Street:
38th

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 885-7111

Website:
http://www.kitano.com/Dining/Hakubai

Public Transit:
4,5,6,7,S at Grand Central - 42nd St.

Executive Chef:
Yukihiro Sato

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Hakubai has 3 Private Tatami Rooms and 3 Semi-Private Dining Rooms that can
accommodate from 4 to 16 people. Please call us at 212-885-7111 to book your event.

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Happy Holidays!
Hakubai will be open on Christmas Eve, December 24th (Sun).
Holiday Kaiseki Course is available. Shabu Shabu Course and a la carte menu also available.

Hakubai - The Kitano Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

3.5

Noise

Quiet

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (12)
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Fit for Foodies (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Cozy (3)
Healthy (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The beef from japan was very authentic and tasty.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 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...

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Montreal)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Way too expensive for what you get. The Toro Don was good but not great. We then had the sushi plate (85$) which was a variety of high end sushi (debatable) and it was just lack listur. Given all the sushi spots in the city, I would never go back and spend money here. Also atmosphere is just completely blah. Felt like I was in a cheap buffet restaurant on the old Vegas strip. Sorry to be so critical but I just say it straight.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Hakubai remains a favorite of ours. We like love how they prepare and present classic Japanese cuisine. Servers wear traditional dress which we also like. Our server could smile a little more, as she looked very stern and not warm at all.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Probably the best traditional Japanese restaurant in New York. Having lived in Japan for eight years, I can attest to the fact that the quality of the food is comparable to the best traditional Japanese restaurants in Tokyo.

Tags: Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Amazing , authentic Japanese experience. Everything was so fresh and incredibly tasty.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Healthy
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

The word authentic is overused, but for Hakubai it is truly appropriate. It feels like I am transported to Japan. Subtle attentive service is particularly memorable.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Hakubai is always one of my favorite restaurants. I can always count on their food quality and services. The place is also a best place to talk to people for a more intimate conversation. Their lunch box is excellent. My wife loves their Kaiseki dinner if we have time to reserve in advance. This is one of our traditional place to celebrate winter holidays for the family in their private room.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The service was top notch. This was traditional Japanese food, very simple and clean. The food was good, however not worth the price tag. The food was quite overpriced. I'm actually shocked that they can get away with the prices they are charging given what it is you're receiving. I presume it must be the hotel guests, which are likely predominantly looking for something nostalgic (if not comped) or close to what they receive in Japan. I wouldn't return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

My associate had a sushi platter, which he said was very good. I had ordered the Business Lunch ($30), which I found to be rather mediocre, somewhat similar to what would find at the typical Japanese restaurant (where it would probably go for $15 - $18 rather than $30). Service was good and ambiance pleasant.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Just good traditional japanese food... sushis and sashimis etc.
Without creativity.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 29, 2017

It was a really nice restaurant to go to !!!!
Quiet and the staffs are extremely friendly, food is outstanding !

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

$13 for a draft 12 ounce Sapporo, $14 for a 12 oz bottle of Kirin...you must be joking. Everything was good, but when you know you're getting gouged it just devalues the whole experience. It's fine to be expensive, but at least be in the realm of reasonableness. Prices for everything...food, not just drinks are at least 25-30% higher than what they be.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Overall, a very pleasant experience, but not memorable. Nothing really stood out, and it was relatively expensive.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great service and food. Outstanding and authentic dishes all we had. Thank you !

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Great service and excellent food. Very authentic Japanese food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Went there for the third tie with my family and had Okonomi Kaiseki.
Everyone enjoyed the dinner and was all impressed with the quality of the food.
Would recommend to anyone who enjoys great, authentic Japanese kaiseki!

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Hakubai is a fantastic restaurant for a traditional Japanese dining experience.

Location, ambiance, venue and ability to pop simply upstairs to Kitano Hotel and enjoy Jazz is great too.

Service staff, presentation and food quality is great. This is a great place!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Really exceptional by all means . The chabu chabu was great . Same as the Tempura . Pricy somewhat but worth it. Thank you chef.

Tags: Healthy
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 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Hakubai at the Kitano is an authentic Japanese restaurant that feels like a piece of Tokyo in NY. The kaiseki ryouri is completely authentic and would be highly rated in Tokyo. Service is also impeccable as only the Japanese can manage. You will pay for this, but if you enjoy this type of food you will find it worth the cost.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Great place for a well done Japanese meal. My guess is that it's supposed to be an experience (food comes out slow..) take your time and enjoy it!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 10, 2017

My wife and I are drawn to Hakubai at the Hotel Kitano for special occasions: anniversary, birthday, etc. The food is superb, the service is excellent, and the atmosphere and ambience is authentic. We go to Hakubai when we want to experience a little Japan in New York.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We enjoy the food every time . this is for anybody who want to taste Japanese traditional food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Excellent quality of the Classical Japanese food, very easy on stomach and carefully prepared. Absolutely worth the cost and love it soooo much!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Hakubai has been serving authentic and delicious Japanese food for decades. Quality, service, friend ambience hasn't really changed at all over 30+ years I have visited. Love the chirashi for lunch. One of the most authentic and creative Japanese restaurants in Manhattan.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 12, 2017

it's always pleasure to eat their food. Yet their alcohol price are super high.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Healthy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 2, 2017

quality of the Boston Ebi is very bad. The worst Ebi I ever had

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Price is on high end, but this is the quality you can enjoy in Japan.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Hakubai is the finest Japanese restaurant in New York. Really good food, no gimmicks.

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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on March 18, 2017

Having lived in Japan for 8 years, Hakubai is an authentic Japanese restaurant with excellent food and service. If you were blindfolded when you arrived , you would think you were at one of many top restaurants in Tokyo. For a traditional Japanese menu, Hakubai is one of the best restaurants in New York without doubt.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

The quality of the sushi is superb. The temperature is perfect. You know the fish is fresh. And you can have confidence that the Kitano Hotel would employ only master sushi chefs.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

For a traditional Japanese meal, this is the best!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 14, 2017

WENT FOR VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER - 8 MEAL COURSE MENU.
EXCELLENT!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 8, 2017

As good as there is Japanese food outside of Japan.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2017

food quality is good but little bit strong taste than authentic Japanese food.
the cost doesn't match quality. I don't want to go to there for private. if you are interested in Japanese food in NY, you should go to Kokage. it's much better to match cost with quality.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Food and service is always great

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Very nice arrangement of lunch menu which a business associate and I enjoyed very much. Very good service

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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on December 24, 2016

刺身はニューヨーク最高級だと思います。でもウニと鰻は日本の方が良かった。娘のお気に入りは鍋焼きうどん。満足のようでした。出汁巻は味は変わってなかったですが、焼き方は、かなりレベルダウン。楽しみにしていただけに残念。全般的にまた行きたいレベルは変わりません。

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2016

We had "gochiso bento" , tempura was almost cold, miso soup was not hot enough.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 18, 2016

I was very happy with the food and service. The waitress we had was very traditional and our every need was met with efficient fervor and we did not have to wait for anything.
My only complaint (my fault) was that I did not look at the menu before we entered the restaurant. This place is VERY pricey. There were 4 of us and we all had the same thing: A bowl of Miso, Sushi roll (not special roll) appetizer and a bowl of Soba Noodles in broth with shrimp. We all also had 1 beer. Our bill was $260 + tip.
I would highly recommend this place if you are taking a Japanese customer to dinner with the intent to impress that you value Japanese traditions and heritage. The food and service will not disappoint. However if you are just looking for good ethnic food, this may be a little beyond your price comfort if you are a middle class schmo like me.

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