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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:
Lunch
Everyday 11:30AM–3PM
*Lunch specials only available
during week days

Dinner
Mon–Thu: 3PM–11PM last call
Fri & Sat: 3PM–12AM last call
Sun: 3PM–10PM last call

Happy Hour
Lunch: Mon–Fri 11:30AM–3PM
Dinner: Everyday 3PM–6PM &
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/

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

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Fun (26)
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Good for Birthdays (17)
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Hot Spot (15)
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Casual (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Special Occasion (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Authentic (10)
Romantic (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Great Beer (7)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Late-night Find (6)
Business Meals (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Spicy (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Healthy (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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 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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·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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·Dined on January 13, 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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·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 2, 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 30, 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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·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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vip
 (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 17, 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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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing ! Great service and food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Always nice. Good but could stand for some reconditioning.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Awesome service, great drinks and tasty food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Maybe it was a different time and crew but service was horrible and the new menu takes away the better options they once had. I was a frequent diner but I don’t know if I will be going back anymore. Such a shame. They should stick with the old saying, don’t fix what’s not broken.

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

Love this place!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Fantastic restaurant for everyone, experience Japanese/Korean BBQ diners and first timers. Staff was helpful, and the meat is of a very high quality. In addition, it's just a whole lot of fun to cook things in front of you like that. Other menu items are also good, but main event is the meat. We fed 6 using a meal meant for two and only got 2 extra things.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great value during Happy Hour (you have to put in orders before 6pm). Food is excellent and the social experience of barbecue is fun. They have other places in NYC but this one is far better (especially compared to their Midtown East location).

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

Awesome food! Excellent service!
Definitely would recommend it to friends.

Tags: Live Music, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I have been going here for years, but their new management is terrible! They did not honor our reservation (we had to wait 40 min) and it was so crowded in the waiting area that we were constantly being pushed. Once we were finally seated, we were served MOLDY food twice! Their excuse the second time was that “all of it is like that”. They have also changed the menu and raised prices. When I complained to various employees throughout the night, they all encouraged me to write an email to their new management because even they were unhappy. STAY AWAY!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Good food and friendly ambiance (there were multiple birthday parties thrown here), but our grill was faulty and hot oil constantly splattered towards us. It actually got on my face TWICE, and I was trying to call the server to do something but they were hard to reach. It’s a legitimate safety hazard and they should check the grill to make sure this doesn’t happen again.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

This was such an amazing experience, I came here for my anniversary with my boyfriend and it took a bit of convincing to get him to go but it was worth it! We did make a reservation and we did have to wait for our table for about 15-20minutes but the experience was worth the wait! It is a noisy place but it is still romantic and personal. I definitely recommend coming here for special occasions or just to have dinner the food is amazing!!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lots of food - cuts of meat were very good. Service was excellent. Good bang for your buck.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

awesome food and setting. great for group. staff was very kind.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

One of the best places and experiences to have.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My boyfriend and I come here all the time. The food is amazing!! We love it and they have so much on the menu. Don’t miss out, you have to come here.

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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Everything was great. Open table app had a bug, the restaurant side of the app errorfully adjusted the time by 24 hrs. Gyu fixed it and we for our table as promised.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love this place and location. Food is great and very affordable during lunch. Crew there are great as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Special Occasion, Spicy, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Amazing food and for a great price! The lunch special is so worth it.

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Extremely noisy but very good food and good service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great experience to bring my boyfriend for his birthday. Food was excellent, decent service and a great deal on the meal. Always a pleasure to come to gyu kaku.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We went after a play at the Public Theater and really enjoyed our experience. We liked the variety of the special dinner we ordered. The s'mores were a fun touch and the cocktails were very good.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We arrived at 8pm on Saturday evening. We had to wait only a short tim despite the businessmen of the restaurant. The menu is geared for everyone. You can choose a little or a lot. Great for sharing! Quality of the food was terrific. Th service was spot on. All in all a fun time.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I went with my dad who is always working and rarely goes to restaurants. Everyone was so nice and the food was so good. He loved it! He even learned to use chopsticks so he could get the full experience. It was great!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Fun, Happy Hour
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