About Inakaya

Our original restaurant in Japan was established and opened its first door in the heart of Roppongi, Tokyo in 1970, as the traditional "Robata-yaki" restaurant. Since then, Inakaya has been loved by substantial numbers of distinguished personalities, comprising of former President of the United States, Hollywood stars, and other celebrities and the epicureans from around the world for more than 30 years. "Robata" is the Japanese term that stands for "around a sunken hearth" and "yaki" means "grilling". Families used to gather around the hearth for dinner, which evolved into "Robata-yaki" style. It is known as a type of traditional cuisine, which features fresh ingredients grilled in proximity of guests' own eyes. Foods are cooked on open-flame, its ancient but healthy grilling method of dropping excess oil has attained its popularity, and has spread throughout Japan. And now it comes to New York!
Please note this online reservation is for the Robata counter seating.

620 8th Avenue (Aka: 231 West 40th Street)
New York, NY 10018
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi, Yakitori

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
West 40th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenue)

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(212) 354-2195

Website:
http://www.inakayany.com/

Public Transit:
1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, Q, R, and S trains to Times Square/42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Inakaya Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Food was great! If you have a friend whose birthday is coming, visit Inakaya and tell someone it’s your friend’s birthday! They will offer you one free dessert.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Inakaya is a rarity, a Japanese robatayaki place that also serves excellent sushi and other dishes. From the well-chosen sake list to the sashimi and duck skewers, Inakaya really delivers a lot. A plus, at least for me, is that all the servers speak Japanese.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Switzerland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great Japanese delights. We order a few starters and can recommend the squid. The sushi combo was delicious. The service was impeccable and we loved how you get served by the chefs directly with the paddles over the bar. Highly recommend for a date night or out with your mates.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fantastic. We had a great time and the food was excellent. We ordered one of the sushi platters and it was such a good experience. Our waitress was amazing!! Funny, attentive, and charismatic. She made sure the birthday dessert was a special surprise. It was a little pricey but fine for a special occasion.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I've heard of this place several months ago and finally got a chance to pay a visit. The ambiance is great and the waiters are really friendly. We booked through Opentable and could only get counter seat which actually something I prefer. Around 8pm there is a mochi pounding ceremony where you can jump in and try some pounding and of course there is free mochi for all afterward. The place is very entertaining and I recommend to get a 6-course-meal deal from Groupon/Living Social. We will definitely be back with family and more friends soon !!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Good food and great service. Every time my husband and I travel to NYC we make sure to stop by Inakaya to enjoy a delicious meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Diverse menu. Reasonable prices for food categories. Enjoyable ambiance. Delicious food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

INAKAYA never fails. Their service, food and drinks are consistently great!
Trang is awesome! I made a reservation, as I always do. However, when my friend and I got to the restaurant, there were no tables available so she offered us seats at the bar until a table opened up which took only less than 10 minutes. She nicely explained to us the situation. She handled the situation pretty well. Trang is very professional and friendly. My family and friends actually look forward to seeing her each time we go for dinner at INAKAYA.

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Have been here many times. Very interesting and creative choices of Japanese cuisine (far beyond just sushi, etc..) Also, good vegetarian selections as well. Great Sake selection and some fun cocktails.
Lovely staff and good service. Go here for pre-theater often since it's right in theater district.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Fun, Healthy, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

I'm a regular at this outpost. Usually for business dinner but this time I was with family. Party of six was seated in the corner next to busy bar. Server rarely came by to check on our order or refill tea. An hour and half later, two main courses have yet to arrive or forgotten. We cancelled the order and finished with desserts. The food was fine just lackluster service. I don't recommend sitting near the bar. Ask for seats at the counter or tables .

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I took a client out for dinner and when we arrived, the entire restaurant was empty except for one table. We were brought over to sit at the sushi bar. I asked instead if we could sit at one of the open tables and we were told since the reservation was booked on open table, I could not have an actual table. Only those who make phone reservations could sit at the tables. The entire restaurant was empty and this to me was quite unacceptable. I told her I would then cancel my open table reservation and call the phone, in which she told me she couldn't seat me until 9:30. Ridiculous.

It should be noted somewhere on open table that you will only get seated at the sushi bar and not get a regular table unless you call and book over the phone.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Good service and good food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had the preset menu. Six course meal for my wife and seven course for myself but we shared. Very good choices. Lots of food for the two of us. Everything was delicious.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 21, 2017

First Time I was there - always looking for something delicious in the theatre district that is not touristy - this was I it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Vegan, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It's my second time at Inakaya and it was fabulous. Food was even better this time around and was great the previous time. Service is impeccable and just a wonderful atmosphere all the way around. Thank you Inakaya.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Everything was delicious but the desserts.
Service been great except when My fiancé finished his tempura don, I haven't gotten a glimpse of my tuna rice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wonderful experience, sit at the bar!

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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Hands down best restaurant experience and food I have had in many many years. You have to go, get a seat at the robata. Worth it, trust me. Food amazing, staff amazing. Such fun.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

Was excellent,very great!!!
Will continue going there many times in the future.
Food is amazing.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 15, 2017

It was a wonderful dining experience- thanks to Restaurant week .
We had the belly pork and the sashimi for the starters - both were excellent in terms of presentation and taste . The pork was so tender . The mains were the beef skewers which was nice but nothing exceptional . And the seafood rice was very tasty and so beautifully presented . Loved the moochi dessert and almond pudding . We also ordered the yellow tail and scallion rolls which was So Good !
Overall a great Dining Experience! We'll be back !

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We came here during restaurant week and the food was delicious. Service was great and fast! There was a little bit of confusion about the reservation initially, but they were very accommodating!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

The ambience and environment was great; it could also be considered to be romantic. However, the food was nothing to write home about. It was mediocre sushi/sashimi. But I would have to say the mochi was absolutely extraordinary. They make it in house, as they put on shows in front of the restaurant. Overall, the experience is entertaining and great, but the food is comparable to any of the other japanese restaurants.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We went for NYC Restaurant Week. The prix fixe menu was very good value although some dishes were better than others. The sushi is standard, nothing fancy or particularly amazing but also not bad. The most interesting dish we had was the Kaisen Seiro. The skewers were nothing fancy. I wish I had tried more of the grilled options since it's a robata-yaki restaurant, but I was happy with ordering from the prix fixe menu since it's usually quite expensive here for just a few skewers.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We went for restaurant week and were very pleased with the options. Service was amazing, the ambiance was fun, not too loud but not awkwardly quiet either. Sitting at the bar was great.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I thought the food could have been better... we did the restaurant week. So maybe ordering from the regular menu is better

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Have been to Inakaya in Tokyo several times. This restaurant was supposed to be "linked". I was disappionted. There is a long way up to the Japanese standard...

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 29, 2017

It was a wonderful food experience. We tried different cooked and sushi dishes. Service was excellent,. There are reviews about noise ,but its just servers welcoming people. Definitely will be back.

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 (New England)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Service was really good but the food did not meet my expectations, maybeI set my standards too high, but overall experience was good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Meh - I read good reviews but it fell short. Waiter was very friendly but missed 2 things on our order after confirming them. One he rushed back and fixed, the other never came but we also did not get charged for it. Sushi was good but I've had better in NYC at half the price.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

This was our first time at Inakaya. Being so close to Time Square, I was skeptical that it would be touristy and overrated. But, we were pleasantly surprised. We both ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, and portions were the right size for us. Our waitress was very attentive and made us feel welcome, and each course arrived just in time. Our first course (pork & carpaccio) was excellent. Our second course (sushi / grilled meat) was good, but I've had better. And the final course (mochi ice cream / waffle ice cream) was very good. Overall, we enjoyed our experience, and would definitely come back for another visit.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

My friend and I decided to check out Inakaya during NYC restaurant week. My favorite dish out of the three courses was the trio carpaccio. It had such amazing flavors. From the appetizer my expectations were pretty high but the main didn't reach expectations. The atmosphere was great, very casual and the noise wasn't too loud or quiet. The server took a bit too long for my liking when serving us however and it was hard to locate him when looking for him.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Lively sushi place where we prefer to sit at the bar and watch the various dishes being served. We highly recommend things from the grill. The black cod is excellent as are the grilled Pacific oysters.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Great fun. Food was good. The birthday ceremony was entertaining, different and fun for son & wife who were celebrating!

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

too much yelling by staff

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Good spot in Hell's Kitchen with great sashimi, nigiri and great whole fish options limited beer options but when the sushi is this fresh and the seafood choices are this great, have a Sapporo and enjoy. Traditional Japanese delivery and greeting for all customers , an experience .

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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Absolutely yummy!! Service was great and super attentative. Only negative was the music choice. Very odd and sort of ruins the ambiance/feel of the place e.g they had Brittany spears on!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Die Mitarbeiter rufen, gar schreien ständig irgendwelche Japanischen Wörter durch die Gegend, was einen lustigen Eindruck vermittelt aber auch etwas laut ist. Das Essen scheint mir sehr authentisch.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Second time here because me and my guests went home talking and one dreamnt about the food served. One of my favorites.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

It's energetic. For some people it can be "too energetic" ...?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Graduation

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