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About Gyu-Kaku - East Village

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in the East Village is the ideal spot for an amazing experience in New York!

Traditionally called Yakiniku, this Japanese barbecue spot is known for their delicious, fresh (never frozen), high-quality meats!

Enjoy an ice cold beer as you grill your own meat. Happy Hours offer the best deals on food and drinks, so be sure to wind down and get the night started right with us.

34 Cooper Square
New York, NY 10003
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Japanese, Barbecue, Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:
Mon: 11:30AM – 11:00PM
Tues: 11:30AM – 11:00PM
Wed: 11:30AM – 11:00PM
Thurs: 11:30AM – 11:00PM
Fri: 11:30AM – 12:00AM
Sat: 11:30AM – 12:00AM
Sun: 11:30AM – 10:00PM


EARLY HAPPY HOUR
Every Day: 11:30AM–6:00PM

LATE HAPPY HOUR
Mon–Thu: 9:30PM–11PM last call

Cross Street:
Cooper Sq. / 3rd Ave (between E.5th & E. 6th)

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(212) 475-2989

Website:
http://www.gyu-kaku.com/east-village/

Entertainment:
Playing Sports everynight on two 42" LCD

Parking Details:
Street parking available. Lot parking is available on 8th st and Cooper or E. 4th and Bowery.

Public Transit:
6 train at Astor Place
R,W train at 8th Street

Executive Chef:
You are the Chef!!

Private Party Facilities:
Gyu-Kaku can host private parties for up to 45 people. We also offer a prix-fixe menu for larger groups. Contact in advance required for large, private events.

Private Party Contact:
Joseph Homma: (855) 435-6450

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Gyu-Kaku - East Village Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (33)
Happy Hour (28)
Good for Groups (26)
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Good for a Date (25)
Special Occasion (23)
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Fit for Foodies (20)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Great for Lunch (17)
Hot Spot (16)
Casual (16)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Authentic (12)
Romantic (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Bar Seating (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Business Meals (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Cozy (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Great Beer (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Spicy (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Healthy (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Tapas (3)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

It was amazing. Great food and great staff highly recommended

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

So far, I only go to Gyu-Kaku every ten years. I will definitely be coming here in 2028!

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food here was amazing and the fact that we got to cook our own food made it even better. Definitely a night to remember and will be coming back.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Valentine’s Day was wonderful . Great music , food and service

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·Dined 4 days ago

Had a great time

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Had fun dining here! You cook the food yourself so it's an experience. The restaurant is inexpensive and if you order the pre-determined menu of meat selections.. you really get a good deal!

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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 (Seattle)·Dined 4 days ago

I’ve been going to GK for 10+ years and my recent visit was by far the worst.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Went here for valentines day. The food was really yummy and you can tell that the meat was fresh. Although pricey, the experience was worth it. The waiters were very helpful and taught you how to cook the meats properly if you didn't know how to already. The drinks were really yummy and we are excited to come back for the happy hour cocktails which are half off.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Spicy, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was incredible and the service was great.

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·Dined on February 10, 2018

Still waited for 20 mins although we made a reservation

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

It was slow getting seated and our order taken but we overheard the hostess say they were transitioning between lunch and dinner services so staffing was a bit off. Otherwise it was great as usual.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great loyalty program. Food is good. Will come back

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My boyfriend and I always find ourselves coming back here for date night and we never regret it . We do always wait a bit when we have reservations but never for long. We always order something different and always enjoy it, the waitress we had was Oy and she was so nice and sweet she even explained some Japanese phrases they say which I thought was really cool, she changed the grill after each meat we grilled and kept checking in on us, I really liked her service. It’s definitely noisy but it’s a popular place and is expected

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Loud, crowded, a very young clientele, and fabulous food! Fun cooking our own meal at the table.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Miami)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Unfortunately my experience at Gyu Kaku was not good. The food tasted good, cooking the meat on the grill was fun and it was very inexpensive. BUT both my boyfriend and I got extremely sick before even making it home that evening. Last time we ate at Gyu Kaku we did not feel well after either but thought we just ate and drank a lot. This time was pure proof that unfortunately we got sick because it is CHEAP FOOD. The pain in my stomach, I cant even describe. Steak for 6 dollars, we honestly should have known. I would not recommend Gyu Kaku to anybody unless you are just going to drink at Happy Hour. The cheap price is not worth the stomach pain. I will not be returning to Gyu Kaku and I am warning you now!

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 (Miami)·Dined on January 31, 2018

One of my favorite spots in NY. Usually service is good but this time wasn’t good at all. Server was inattentive. Garlic rice was too salty and had too much onions

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Lovely dinner and drinks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I love this place and go back many times. The turnaround time for server is quite rapidly, we do not see the usual faces anymore. There is a mixture in the crew, some are very nice and efficient and alert, while some just provide the standard with no wow factors.

However, we will give them the time to master the place and provide excellent service on our next visits. Maybe at the end of the day, the technician will check out the burner to ensure fire will distribute evenly not just on one side only. Opening the rim does not solve the problem.

We will be back as this is our favorite place for gathering!

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Tapas, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was great! However the serving size for the Teriyaki chicken portion could have been larger.

Tags: Comfort Food, Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was very good and fresh.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Very good service and food! Waitress and other staff were attentive. Good portions and quality. Love the food.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was great. But the server was horrible. The table was not big enough for 8 ppl; he never came by to ask if everything was okay nor did anyone come change the grill plate once. Never have I experienced such bad service at gyu kaku. Very disappointed as a regular.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

best date ever.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Meal and service was great ! We had Kobe selection for 2 .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Brought 7 friends here for BBQ. two had fish and the rest of us had meat BBQ. It was a very pleasant experience.

Tags: Casual, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Gyu Kaku is an excellent place to go for a casual, but fun, night out. I often take my partner there on dates, and the tables are great for groups. It's super fun to be able to cook your own food at the table- talking over some grilling steak is what makes Gyu Kaku such a great place for dates and friends/family nights out. It is on the expensive side, especially for a student like me, but considering the quality of the food and how much you get, I would say that the price is fair. The steak is amazing, with lots of options, and their Spicy Tuna Tacos are excellent! I would definitely suggest checking out Gyu Kaku if you're looking for a unique dining experience, with excellent food.

Tags: Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Had a great time here! And food was delicious! We had the meat lovers (for 2) option and it was fantastic !!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Great Beer, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

The staff was super nice when we had a medical problem. Great spot

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

First I was told the burners were not working and that I could wait if I wanted to (I had a reservation) The manager then instructs the hostess to seat us all the way in the back in a corner....Did I mention I passed the main dining area which was sparsely filled with young Asian diners?
Btw, the only other patrons in the area we were seated was another black couple.
I won’t be dining at that Gyu-Kaku (34 Cooper Sq) or any other location ever.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great time,
Excellent for groups.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great experience!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was very great experience ! I don’t want to spoil it for anyone but definitely a must go to restaurant.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food was great and the experience was even better. Fun to grill the food right at your table. The waiter brought us a few wrong dishes and didn’t bring us everything we ordered but it got corrected in the end. I just wish they did a better job of explaining the menu since it was our first time there. Overall, a great experience! Thank you.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Gyu Kaku is always a fun time. The experience is slipping a bit - I recall years ago when the restaurants had a cleaner, nicer feel. Some of the restaurants, like the Beverly Hills location, need to be gutted, scrubbed and rebuilt. This one on Cooper Square has seen better days as well but it hasn't reached the stage of torn seat cushions or gum under the table.

As for their meat preparation and selection, it's always great. I just wish they would have served the Bibimbop in the hot stone bowl like they used to. It's always better with a little crunch to it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great service! Waiter and waitress were awesome. Food was amazing! Overall - two thumbs up.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

We always come here for Japanese BBQ. Thus far for the price it's great. The drinks are always awesome and they're consistent the the 3 we've been to ( flushing [ has more veggies for any vegetarians out there], midtown 53rd and Cooper sq). Their happy hours are the one of these best too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The atmosphere was great and the experience was fun! I never been to a place where you got you got to cook your own food, but it was easy and tasty! I highly recommend it

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Lots of tasty food to cook over the Hibachi grill. The marinades for all dishes were delicious and well prepped. Even though they're on the pricey side it's worth the outing and dining. I loved my friend's reaction to each dish "THIS IS GOOOOD!".

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

The service was very attentive, the food was plentiful and meat was very well marinated and tasted amazing. My daughters loved the smores at the end. Definitely coming back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing ! Great service and food

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