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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.
New York, NY 10016
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)
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
4,5,6,7,S at Grand Central - 42nd St.
Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Hakubai has 3 Private Tatami Rooms and 3 Semi-Private Dining Rooms that can
accommodate from 4 to 16 people. Please call us at 212-885-7111 to book your event.
Hakubai - The Kitano Ratings and Reviews
Second time there, a special occasion. As always, a beautiful and quiet environment. Exceptional food ((we had the special Kaiseki, unfortunately too late warning for the Omakase), subtle, tasty, diverse) and extremely gracious service.
Hope to repeat soon...
Way too expensive for what you get. The Toro Don was good but not great. We then had the sushi plate (85$) 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.
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.
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.
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.
$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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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