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7 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem

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The New York Times. December 12th, 2012. -- From the street, you’d never know it was there. And once you’re on the second floor, you may still have doubts.

Instead, there is a handsome, inviting Izakaya, or Japanese pub, with low lighting, dark, wooden floors, gleaming oak tables and a display of sake bottles behind the bar that is so artful it looks like it belongs in a Soho boutique.

The specialty of Kirakuya is its small-brewery sakes; the roster features more than 100 of them. The smooth, dry Ikina Ona from the Ishikawa prefecture ($17 for a generous glass, goes well with the grilled eggplant and miso ($8); the warm bowl of burdock root with roasted sesame seeds and mayonnaise ($6); and the grilled yellowtail neck ($12).

This is a definitively a mellow retreat, and one that merits recommendations to friends and return visits of your own.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Japanese, Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm

Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 3:00am
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Phone number
(212) 695-7272
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tagima Noriyuki
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Cross street
Broadway and 5th Avenue
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Parking details
R, N, F train to 34th Station
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking
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3.5based on all time ratings
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1.0Dined on April 8, 2014

the place had nothing on the menu to order. the few items we could agree to try were "not available tonight". the service was horrible. 20 minutes for a hot sake. seriously, we left after waiting 40 minutes for an order of edamame that arrived ice cold and covered in wet salt. it was one of the worst choices in restaurants that i ever made.

3.0Dined on March 20, 2014

nothing special, i took a date here and it wasn't the best spot for a dating experience - the atmosphere was just so so. will probably not dine here again

5.0Dined on March 11, 2014

The waiter was so helpful and patient as we asked him to explain several different items on the menu. The restaurant was cozy and intimate. Delicious food, and after we are they gave us complimentary sake. I would definitely go back again!

2.0Dined on December 31, 2013

Service was practically non-existent. Had to ask staff multiple times for basics...horrendous.

2.0Dined on October 18, 2013

We went to Kirakuya after reading about in a swedish guide book( A different New York) We expected a cool sake bar where we could try out different sakes and get a little help navigating the sake jungle. Instead we found a party bar for young koreans? with a
"not so interested" service. The small, to share, plates with food was ok, but nothing more

4.0Dined on July 18, 2013

Love the Japas in this place. Japas = Tapas/Japanese. Tell'em Bijoy sent you.

3.0Dined on March 5, 2013

First time here. The food was ok. The highlight of the evening was the mushroom spaghetti. That was the best dish of the night. The rest were good but not wow which left us feeling a bit disappointed.