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About Gyu-Kaku - Times Square

Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ in Times Square 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.

321 W 44th Street Unit 103
New York, NY 10036
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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: Everyday 11:30AM–3PM
Dinner: Everyday 3PM–6PM &
Mon–Thu: 9:30PM–11PM last call

Cross Street:
between 8th and 9th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(646) 692-9115

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

Executive Chef:
Japanese

Private Party Facilities:
A table of up to 15 guests situated in the back of restaurant in a private dining room.

Private Party Contact:
Private Dining Coordinator : (855) 805-6539

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room

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Gyu-Kaku - Times Square Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (41)
Casual (36)
Happy Hour (36)
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Fun (36)
Good for a Date (35)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Special Occasion (29)
Great for Lunch (25)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Authentic (23)
Pre/post Theatre (23)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Handcrafted Cocktails (17)
Cozy (17)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Great for Brunch (14)
Neighborhood Gem (13)
Hot Spot (12)
Late-night Find (12)
Romantic (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Great Beer (11)
Quick Bite (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Spicy (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Business Meals (6)
Healthy (4)
People Watching (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tapas (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Vegan (2)
Notable Wine List (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

What a fun place to eat!! Food was excellent, wait staff was efficient and pleasant. Great place to eat before or after a show. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing!!!!!! We absolutely loved everything we could est from the menu!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Staff is very nice loveeee with a passion one of the bartenders she a blue dress on love that place food is good wish there was a little more poultry to the menu and seafood but I heard every location is different but other then that this place will be my go to hangout with friends , girlfriend, etc.

Tags: Fun, Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Spicy, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I come here a lot. Introduced it to my friend & service was better than ever.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Gyu-Kaku always gets it right. Food is very flavorful, staff is extremely warm and accommodating, and atmosphere is calm, soothing!!

Favorite spot to eat when in the City!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Originally I thought this restaurant offered Sushi as well. Upon arriving and finding that I was wrong I was a bit disappointed but the Restaurant surprised me with exceptional food. As a self taught Chef I am very picky. This restaurant nailed it.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

The noise level depends on the time, the closer to the night the noisier it gets, but it is not that bad you can have conversations without yelling.
Totally Recommended place. I have eaten there for lunch and dinner. and if your table is not ready yet, you can try the awesome cocktails at the bar.

Tags: Happy Hour, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Perfect for an impromptu small group lunch! Get to know how much food to order if you go for bbq - otherwise lunch will take a while, accounting for cook time.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

They were out of almost everything I tried to order—drinks, food, everything. The music was also quite loud and while the service was quick and friendly, I was a little surprised that no part of the meal was comped considering they were out of so much.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

truly terrible. really bad food. wildly overpriced . felt dirty. we live in NY so to get caught in tourist trap like this one made it feel even worse. we had never been to this restaurant and thought it would be ok given prior reviews. it was not. i have never reviewed any restaurant before but feel we want to warn others. (btw the waiter did his best to make the experience better for us)

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was really sub par this time. We are big fans of Gyu Kaku but will not return. Meat was fatty and had lots of white cartilage. We even upgraded and chose the higher quality meats, and they were still full of fibrous tissue that was chewy and tough. Service was also very sub par, we ordered fried rice which only came after we asked 2 different servers for it, and only after everything was already cooked. We had no specific server, and no one came over to check on us, or to make sure if everything was ok. No one offered dessert or coffee, and we essentially just asked for our check and ended our meal. No one came to change the grill, as they usually do, until we also had to ask for that. Really disappointing meal.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great team work with the staff. Great prices at happy hour. Great drinks. Thank you for accommodating us an hour before our reservation time.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We thouroughly enjoyed our food. The appetizer with the fried rice and spicy tuna was delicious. Cooking our own food on the table grill was a ton of fun and my teenagers really liked it.

The downside was the service. We waited for half an hour past our reservation time to be seated. That would have been ok. I understand, busy Friday night, but then... The hostess who took us to our table told us since they were busy we had a two hour maximum at the table and if we weren’t done on time, we would be asked to leave. Just rubbed me the wrong way. We had a show to get to, so the time constraint was not a problem - but a threat instead of an apology was enough to earn a negative review on the service. We got our meat first and expected the veggies, but when they didn’t come, we finally stopped someone to ask for them. Rice came 10 minutes after that. Not sure if that is how it always is, or if the busy Friday night meant that things were served sporadically. Then one of the 4 waiters who took turns taking care of our table turned off our burner. He hadn’t brought us our s’mores dessert. So that was another issue.

Truth is the food was excellent, and it was a fun evening. I’d like to go back on a slow Tuesday night or for lunch and see how the whole thing should be served. Despite the service it was a good time with good food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2017

I have been to the W 44th St. location twice. The food is fresh and the waitstaff is friendly and accommodating. It's a loud restaurant, but in a happy way. The booths in the back are very comfortable, although it is a good idea to ask your waitperson to turn the grill down. The portions are generous and a very good deal during happy hour.

Tags: Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 2017

It’s gyu-kaku. Nothing needs to be mentioned, solid 5 as always.

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

It was perfect and very friendly

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Buena comida el servicio puede mejorar un poco

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Cooking your own food turned out to be a ton of fun! Fully recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The combo has pretty much in it, but most meat tastes the same, it gets a little boring if kept eating. The rice in stone pot is delicious.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

I liked the idea of cooking at the table. But, I felt it was very much a tourist spot and a chain mentality. Very loud. The staff was helpful and friendly but I felt it all a bit worn out. I felt the portions were small. Too touristy for me.
For Korean BBQ, I think next time I'll head to Korean Town.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Friendly environment been coming here for years celebrated an anniversary that day so was a joyous occasion but great food n good vibes highly recommend

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

After reading a lot of positive reviews we made a reservation and were not dissapointed! The food was excellent and the waiter named A was really nice and helpful. We will come back in the future when we visit New York again!

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Whenever we have visitors, Gyu-Kaku will always be on our list of choices to eat. I know they will never be disappointed with where I’m taking them. Don’t forget to try the Toro beef, melts in your mouth kind of meat! Always a very pleasant experience whenever we eat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

If I want to impress anyone or have a fun time with friends and family—I bring them to Gyu-Kaku. It’s a great experience!

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Authentic, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good place to date and meet with friends!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

My best friend and I went for my birthday we had a good time, this is our favorite spot in the city. Very affordable prices , great menu.

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu, Casual
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Always love Gyu Kaku. My only issue was that the Times Square location was not as nice as the other locations, which seem a bit more upscale.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Like Travis Scott said, "Aw A-Team, got that A1
A1 steak sauce, aw can't take loss!" You can't take an L here. All W's here. Splendid service and food!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Very accommodating! My daughter is 10 months old and was sleeping in the stroller my husband and I wanted to have dinner here so they gave us a big table so we could fit the stroller in with us. I felt bad that we were clearly taking up a party table but they seemed to be fine with it so that my daughter could sleep. Our server Em was fantastic!! Very helpful and on top of everything. I would totally recommend this place!!! Ps. The food was awesome!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 5, 2017

it was interesting to be told that for a reservation made for 7:00pm days in advance, that we would have to commit to leaving the table by 8:30. I've never experienced this before and was a bit surprised. However, I knew that once I sat down, we would finish when we finished and would leave when ready, so it really didn't make a difference.
However, they did start by trying to serve very, very quickly, but after being asked to slow down, they did and the rest of the evening went great. It was a unique dining experience, the server's recommendations about what to choose, and just as importantly, how much, were spot on. It would be very easy to over-order, so this was helpful and very welcome.
All in all, a fun, energetic spot that was a perfect destination for our daughter's 16th birthday.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

I’ve been the Gyu-Kaku many times and it’s always been a great experience every time. Our server Angellie was great, she check up on my friend and myself to see if everything was ok. Food is great every time, absolutely love the garlic fried rice!!! Definitely would recommend this place to friends and family members.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Nice food everytime. Love the grill and the lunch deal! lots of food and tasty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Service et repas extraordinaires !! Nous y retournerons !

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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Very very good good food people drink and meat this place is a great place

Tags: Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Quick service and tasty dinner that we cooked ourselves! Was a great experience. Green tea cake and ice cream was fantastic! Happy hour prices are very reasonable.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 28, 2017

The meal was delicious but service was slow.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had a pre-theater dinner here for our anniversary, and glad we did. Lively, fun to cook your own, (in a specially designed grill in the center of the table that draws the smoke downward) and tasty food. Service was speedy and friendly. Don’t expect a quiet meal, though. Would be a great place for a birthday celebration (one was going on next to us).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Gyu-Kaku is a very energetic venue offering habachi grill foods , soup, noodle dishes and more.
Service is great. Our server Nutcha was careful to explain menu choices and how long to grill the meats, shrimp, chicken and vegetables. We took advantage of a first visit offer which included multiple course including miso soup, salad, Volcano roll,the grilled potion and dessert.
Gyu-Kaku is not a quiet place as music is playing . Hard to hold a conversation. Food though was enjoyable and we enjoyed the experience.

Tags: Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 24, 2017

I love this restaurante, the food is great, good quality and quantity, the service is very good, its clean

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Spicy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The bartender swapped my card with someone else. I came back and the manager told me she would call me to let me know if they found it. She never called. I had to call back the next morning and was told I should cancel my card. She didn’t even offer to comp my meal which was the LEAST she could do. I will not be coming back even though I did enjoy the food.

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