Inakaya

4.3
1207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
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.
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JF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Nice service. Reasonably priced. Would definitely go back.

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WS
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good robata restaurant neat the theater district. Good service and wide assortment of dishes well made and delivered in an unique fashion.

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I had two business vendors from Hong Kong and they stayed in a hotel near time square. So I reserved Inakaya (never been there and I live in NYC since 1981) which is near their hotel. First of all, the waiter (Thai nationality) is not too friendly and his tone was condescending. He asked if so we wanted to order alcohol beverages, at first we said no because it was a business dinner. He gave us an annoyed face. End up, My vendors suggested I ordered a glass of beer. We ordered some appetisers (grilled octopus), two miso soup, a grilled wagyu steak, a fried fish, a platter of house special sushi and sashimi combo.

My vendors said the rice of the sushi had no vinegar taste. We told the waiter. The waiter got his Japanese manager. The manager claimed the rice can not change because it was from the same rice pot. The manager took the platter back to the kitchen and bought back a no improvement platter.

The waiter never bought us the miso soup—we had to reminded him.

We also had to catch his attention to fill our water glasses.

The steak and fish came very late. It was Tuesday night 3/12/19, the restaurant was half empty. We were puzzled what took them so long to cook.

The bill was $400. That was after 20% discount the manager gave us. And they also gave us two 20% off Coupon fo future visit. They did not know that was my last visit.

I was embarrassed. I bought my business vendors to a overpriced, bad service, bad sushi sushi restaurants. I apologised to them couple times.

When I got home, I tossed the coupons into the garbage can. And I had some munchies because I was still hungry.

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AA
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, good sushi, small rolls.

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KE
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was tasteless, waiter smiled at us all the time and then turned around and put this crappy face. Would definitely not recommend

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JW
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fun fast pre theatre. Very friendly staff. Fun to sit at bar. Food is good, not great.

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s
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Casual Japanese with vegetarian options

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AG
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our daughter's 13th birthday, they made her feel really special, it was a wonderful experience and we will always remember it.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant.

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CC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Americanized Japanese food. The service is good, the ambience is nothing near a real Japanese izakaya, it is made up for Americans.

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LS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Tasty creative food, good service, engaging environment.

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CG
London
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I have made 2 charges on the credit card. I was only dining 1 day and they have charged me 2 amounts on different days, different and high. I'm not coming back

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Expensive, small portions, over priced and slow service plus not authentic Japanese

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J
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service

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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely evening with Wonderful food, presentation & attentive service.

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SB
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended by a friend of my son (they are 13 years old and have very similar taste in food...good food) and he spoke so well of the place that we had to try it. It was everything we hoped for and more! We loved it. Great choices and food was so fresh. We will be going back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved it! So lovely. I couldn’t have experienced a better 18th birthday. The waiters, manager, and Chefs take your dining experience so personally it shows how much they work in the quality of the meal. I loved my waiter he was an absolute delight.

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FJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Ordered King Crab, Duck, Black Cod, and Cold Soba.

King Crab was unfortunately really salty,

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t
New York Area
175 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nice food but a bit underwhelmed. Like to see some unique and their restaurants weeks was below scale

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JL
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Servers were a little bit all over the place and they couldn't find my reservation when I arrived at first. Food was amazing though! It can get quite loud during the dinner time but seating is very comfortable.

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c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food, and very consistent. Excellent locale for a business lunch (or otherwise)

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and the service at Inakaya.

We went during restaurant week and they had a good range of items included in the set menu to choose from. The agadashi tofu was one of the best I've eaten!

It was my boyfriend's birthday, which I mentioned in the booking process, and the staff gave a terrific birthday shout out to him after our dinner, and included a complimentary dessert item!

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HF
Tampa
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to visit. Counter seating is where you want to be. Food was delicious.

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PS
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were excellent. We were given a large table and the pace of the meal and ambience were good.

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ER
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service! Very enthusiastic bunch and authentic experience overall with the food and drinks!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was very fresh and authentic.
Very good flavors

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c
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Inakaya was unexpected. I knew it was a different style of Japanese cooking than your regular sushi based menu. The ambience is fine not very different or unique. They do an interesting ceremonial beating of the dough at a large marble bowl in the center of the room with big mallet. I'm not sure what the dough is used for, but it was dramatic.

I enjoyed sitting at the grill bar seating. Since it is a restaurant that focuses on the Japanese grill technique, if you sit there, the chefs will drop your plate of food off on big boards. The boards look like a wooden pizza board. It adds a nice touch and means you don't need your server to receive your food.
The meats were grilled well with veggies on the side and sauces.
I enjoyed the sliced duck with the rice balls and a meat custard served in a little 4" pot. All of it was yummy. My companion had the kobe beef with veggies that arrived on a sizzling platter.

We enjoyed the meal and everything had different sauces and seasonings to flavor it.

I'd definitely go back.

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MG
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great meeting spot especially if you are taking in a show. The food is good but not amazing.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The food was decent. A bit warm sitting at the bar but I loved the look of the restaurant

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SC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I went for a dinner with my daughter during the restaurant week in January. I had a reservation for 5:30pm and the place was about 40% full. The hostess asked if we can sit at a counter bar and I replied that we prefer a table. The hostess went on to state that there will be a party of 7 coming to the restaurant and asked to sit at the bar. I looked to the dining area and asked politely, "Do you not have tables?" There were more empty tables than occupied ones at the time. She then went on to ask if we will be done by 7pm since the party of seven is coming at 7pm. I said "yes, we should be done way before 7pm since it's only 5:30pm" It was a rather awkward and uncomfortable conversation to have before being seated. When we were finished, the place was still 50% empty, enough for a party of 50. Food was actually pretty good so it may deserve a second chance.

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RG
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Too expensive, small plates, not recommended.
Moderate Service.
Very expensive.
Moderate japannese food but too expensive

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m
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is outstanding quality and beautifully prepared. The service was wonderful! A perfect dining experience!!

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YY
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Ive been comming here for the past 5 years, and i love how we are greeted and welcomed when we sit down. But this last visit it seemed like the managers werent too thrilled to be there that kind of killed the mood the waiters and chefs on the other hand made sure the energy was still there they even asked me to pound the dough. Everything else was amazing though definitely worth experiencing it more than once

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location near the plays. Food is excellent and very affordable for Times Square. Sit at the counter it’s defintely worth the experience.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere ,fun experience and great foos!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sushi was fresh. Loved Kobe skewer and mochi dessert.

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GC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the third time I've eaten at Inakaya, and I've enjoyed it very much each time. The Robata is something very special. It is a very authentic and excellent Japanese restaurant. And the server at our table was very friendly.

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YK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The setting is beautiful, the service was excellent the food was good but not outstanding for a 5 stars.

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NY
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant looks like a tourist trap from outside, and they perform some tourist friendly gimmicky mini-entertainments. Beside that food is pretty authentic Japanese food and generous in portion. Not cheap, but not expensive especially for the location which is two blocks away from Times Square.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

don't get the set menu... for $65, really poor value for your money. e.g., fake seafood stick in the California roll, crappy wooden chopsticks, overcooked mains (both the duck and the fish), green tea ice cream is too sweet - not the good stuff...

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