Gyu-Kaku - New York, NY | Midtown

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$30 and under
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Japanese
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Midtown 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.
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OT
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience!!

LB
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were celebrating our daughter’s birthday. And she chose the restaurant.

d
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Enjoyable meal, relaxed atmosphere.

m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I go there at least twice a moth. We love their food and the people who works there.
They know what they have to do. Great service all the time.

L
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I meade reservations for 7 and they stuffed us in a 4 person booth with one grill. It was not ideal at all. We were squished the whole time, there was no room for everyones food, and grilling 7 peoples lunches on one grill was less than appealing. We were hungry and irritated at the lack of care they gave to such a large party. The servers ended up forgetting some of our meals and the specials that came with them. Overall I was disappointed by their choice of seating us....One person had to sit in the isle at a stand a lone chair and ended up getting tripped over by multiple servers. We asked for a bigger table, as we were crammed and apparently in their way, but was refused.

I would not reccommend more than 4 people attend at a time. They are NOT good with large parties.

CL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Overall dining experience and food were great. This was our third time at this location. Our server just seemed to have an attitude and came off like he did not want to be waiting on our table. Everyone else was very friendly. Highly recommend going for their happy hour. Good quality food overall

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Would definitely return.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late, but it worked out because they weren’t ready either; food and drinks were amazing, and they let us take it to the table ! I only wish is that we could have been able to still have drinks from happy hour at the table. Nonetheless, everything was amazing, waitress was courteous & efficient !

z
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Happy hour price is pretty good deal. Service and environment are both nice.

FN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classy building and we actually got seated before our rsvp time. Done with dinner in under an hour. They were prompt and helpful. Super delicious. Prime kalbi was utterly soft and marinated to a heavenly perfection. You can redeem points on your app too. Delicious and the place is still in good condition.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The hostess was rude, apart from that everything was great

T
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious lunch with alot of variety and attentive service. We grilled several cuts of meat, duck and shrimp and our grill top was changed at least 4 times. We also had bibim-bap and tofu.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

It was my girlfriend's birthday.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great dining experience. The servers were friendly and helped us with the food. Food was delicious.

YP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Meals were great as usual, but the service was sporadic at the last visit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was awesome. Our main server, Michael, was very friendly and attentive.

SA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice intimate setting. Great staff, food and drinks. Everyone was on top of things and ensuring your table stays clean

P
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

I would recommend this restaurant to my friend IF s/he were a) a beef lover; b) relatively young; c)noise-tolerant. We visited rather late (10 PM) on a Friday night: waiters were hollering at one another across the space; shoutings of "Happy Birthday" were heard; individual booths were open to their neighbors, so there was nothing to stop the sound. The great treat here is the beef, which you cook at your own table. Various grades exist, from Wagyu to sirloin to hangar steak -- we enjoyed every bite we had. Each portion is about 3-1/2 ounces, so small eaters might be satisfied with one, plus some veggies (also available for grilling at table) or a salad or appetizer; big eaters will want two or three portions. The waiter recommended two each, but that was 'way too much for us. Beef is king; everything else is a pretender. Some veggies to grill were fresh and delicious (zucchini, onion, grape tomato); others were tired (mushrooms). Appetizers tend toward the spicy, including the sauce for the gyoza. If you plan to eat late, as we did, note that there is no elevator after 7 PM, and the restaurant is on the second floor up two and a half flights of narrow and very uneven stairs. The servers, if noisy, are also cheerful and friendly, and on balance, we had quite a nice time.

YG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my godson, it was his first time at Gyu kaku.
He definitely loved the place.

AT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

They sat us for amour reservation 15 minutes late—- you make a reservation for a reason... so that was unacceptable. Then we had barely sat down when they came for our order. Felt incredibly rushed. Meat came out before appetizers. It was a mess.

m
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

I don't know what was going on this night but was was usually an enjoyable experience was a bit of a nightmare. It was insanely loud. We had a table that thecseats sunk in and the stove took up the whole bottom so there was no place for your legs. It was very make shift. Food great as usual.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food is good though you sometimes need to cook chicken longer. Service can sometimes be slow but quality taste and fun place to try out

ET
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

The table was sticky, the food was mediocre, overall the place was just not very clean. Waitress was over worked it seemed. Our cutlery was dirty, over just a horrible experience. I’ve eaten at their Vancouver locations before and was very satisfied there vs the New York location.

AK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The meat quality here is NOT good!!
If you want Gyukaku, go to the one in east village

BR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time eating at Gyu Kaku. We were hoping that this location had some of the special menu items we recently had in Beverly Hills and Orlando.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Toro Beef and the prime rib are the best

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Service was not the best and servers had some attitude. Food was only okay for the price.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s alway a fun time with good friends and food. Can’t wait for my next treat.

A
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food from a Japanese chain. It was like being back in Tokyo. Get the Kalbi beef and bibimbop!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit too loud but great food

C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Delicious and fun! Great way to celebrate a birthday - and even had a cute candle on ice cream for dessert!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good!!!!!!!

SK
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

ニューヨークでの牛角は2回目でしたが、アメリカ的(!?)な牛角を試してみるのも良いかと思います。
日本よりも高くて品質も高くはないですが、牛角好きならお試しあれ!
私は、カルビビビンパが気に入りました。
ラーメンはイマイチですかね。。。

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was Sylvester who made sure that everything was great. When the kitchen was slow, he offered us extra treats to compensate for our wait. It was a pleasure to be served by him. We hope to see him again the next time we go there.

MB
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The staff are overwhelmed. Maître D rude and customers made to feel like a number. He feigns kindness and acts very fake. No concern for seating requests and directs customer to website while in restaurant. Multiple orders forgotten, other people’s order received, a huge mess. Ownership must have changed and headingbdown hill.

DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

This was not my first time to have Japanese BBQ, but my first time at Gyu-Kaku. First of all, I should say that our server, Boat, was absolutely perfect. He was attentive, polite, and knowledgeable about the menu. That's the all the positive things I can offer. We ordered the $65 set menu. It came with fried chicken, which tasted obviously frozen and dunked in the frier. The 6 plates of meat were of the lowest quality. One selection was sliced so thin that it fell apart in the grill and dropped in. The bone-in-kalbi had 4 pieces that shriveled down to 1/8 inch thick after grilling. Sliced pork (belly?) was dry as a bone. The other cuts of meat were very tough and low quality and I tend to grill everything rare to medium, so the point was not the cooking. Should have known...such a large chain...don't expect great food.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very fun for kids. Had good time. Glad we picked this place.

AO
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

There was some confusion regarding happy hour. The waitress said it was happy hour so she would bring us the happy hour menu. Then the manager came and politely said it wasn’t happy hour for another 10mns, but we were free to wait until then to order. No issue so far. We ended up ordering 2 smoothies and the calamari appetizers in the meantime. Our waitress indicated that she was “training and owned up to making a mistake regarding the time” so I’m not sure what she said to the hostess behind our backs but this is where things took a left turn.
The hostess rudely comes to our table with a happy hour menu, and rudely tells us “next time you’re seated you gotta order from the menu you’re given!” Meanwhile we have 2 smoothies on the table and we’re waiting for our calamari appetizer while she’s saying this. Then she rudely snatches the old menus. I will never go back and forth with a stranger, there are way too many eateries in NY, so I didn’t bother ordering anything else. I simply asked for my check and a to-go box for the appetizers. Oh it gets worse, our waitress hands me a $7 check. She forgot to charge us for the drinks, so I flag her down and let her know to add our drinks. That girl couldn’t even bother mustering up a “thank you” for bringing it to her attention. She acted like I’m giving her extra work.
So no thanks, will never go back to this place. Go to their Flushing location, all the employees are so attentive and much nicer.

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