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Hakubai - The Kitano Hotel New York

4.5
4.5
306 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Hakubai Japanese Restaurant, you don’t have to fly to Japan to enjoy the finest in Japanese cuisine. The unique Kaiseki cuisine of the Hakubai Japanese Restaurant has been described by the New York Times as “rarefied” and “excellent.”

Kaiseki is a distinctive and delicate cuisine with roots in Zen Buddhism and the
traditional Japanese tea ceremony. The multi-course dinner is served on an exquisite
array of porcelain, pottery and lacquer dishware at carefully timed intervals.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:45am to 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm(last call 9:45pm) Closed on Mondays (Private Parties available on Mondays)

  • Phone number

    (212) 885-7111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Yukihiro Sato

  • Private party facilities

    Hakubai has 3 Private Tatami Rooms and 3 Semi-Private Rooms that can accommodate from 4 to 16 people. Please contact us at 212-885-7111 to book your event. Reservations are required only by phone.

  • Neighborhood

    Murray Hill

  • Cross street

    38th

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    4,5,6,7,S at Grand Central - 42nd St.

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 306 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. DB

    DavidB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best traditional Japanese restaurant in Manhattan, hands down.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great menu and service. Food was amazing and price was appropriate considering size of meal.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very traditional, very good, and great service. Would recommend for someone interested in trying true Japanese cuisine.
  4. M

    Machiko

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks for the great services!
  5. MM

    MMYY

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food including Inaniwa udon. Soup is just wonderful! Will be back again!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Thank you!
  7. KB

    KurtB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, service and one of the best Japanese restaurants I have been to in NYC. Highly recommend. An overall experience that many restaurants could take a page out of this playbook.
  8. JS

    JamesS

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent restaurant. The food is delicious and typically artistically presented.
  9. B

    Belicious

    New England

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    The surroundings were subdued, plenty of space between tables so it was comfortable for having a conversation. Food was bland and boring. The menu was confusing and difficult to decipher. Our server was not helpful. She seemed to have an attitude and was unpleasant in how she treated us.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2019

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    I'm all about healthy, clean eating and normally you can't go wrong at a higher end sushi restaurant, but I was mistaken. For the price you pay, you'd think they'd have higher grade ingredients such as natural soy sauce and rice vinegar. Natural soy sauce contains no additives such as wheat or gluten. Luckily, I always bring my own just in case but didn't feel I should have considering what I was paying to eat there. Sashimi was top grade but very small thin slices. Sushi rolls were good and sushi was fresh. All in all, what I COULD eat was good but way over priced for poor quality ingredients.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    日本人からしても美味しい和食です。 お値段は多少割高です。
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of best JP restaurant for Japanese for sure.
  13. KG

    KaranG

    Montreal

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic and amazing.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    I was expected to be seating Japanese style but they put us in entry table w draft from door and flow of guests. I figured I read reviews wrong and should of asked. After she said the room were on another floor.
  15. l

    laformica

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent quality of the food . Many small rooms with a few tables each. Quiet environment where it is possible to have a good conversation, which is rare in this city. Service is good, well mannered people, could explain a little bit more .
  16. AB

    AnnaB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a beautifully memorable dining experience at the Hotel Kitano Hakubai Restaurant on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. I chose the Special Kaiseki with a flight of Saki. Yes, it was expensive, but worth every cent. For 2.5 hours I was delighted to be served so many small, delicious, and interesting dishes that I lost count! These small items were presented imaginatively, some in delicate artistic glass containers, others were arranged on a large curling leaf (banana) or brought to me sizzling on a small cast iron grill placed aesthetically over a bed of pebbles. My waiter had infinite patience with my questions. He was also attentive without being obtrusive. The restaurant environment was peaceful, even contemplative. If you would like an experience of Japan without the long plane ride, the Hakubai at Hotel Kitano NYC is the place.
  17. LS

    LilianS

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Exquisite food, beautiful setting and warm service!!
  18. D

    Drome

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    This restaurant is not good value for money. It is very expensive for what it is and the food was fine but not outstanding. There is a lot of staff to serve yet I had to wait for a long time to get somebody’s attention to get the check. The ambiance is dull, being in the basement of the hotel. Some of the guests next to me had a meat dish on a hot skillet and my clothes smelt of that dish after I left the restaurant.
  19. M

    Machiko

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great value for luncheon with friends. Thanks for the good services.
  20. P

    Professor

    New York Area

    192 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Sushi we have ever had served to us outside of Japan. Cannot more highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to experience Sushi and Sashimi at its best. The cost is commensurate with the quality of the food, but if you factor in travel expenses, it is much cheaper than the cost the same food would be in its native country.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had very pleasant time with good food. Their quality stays steady.
  22. h

    helloyamaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    単品で注文しましたがどれも美味しかったです。 アメリカ一週間目だったので、日本食でリセットできました。 湯葉焼売、鴨、おススメ寿司4貫、サーモンアボガドロール、 うなぎ胡瓜巻きなど頼みました。
  23. TM

    TheModestDiner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic authentic kaiseki.......Wonderful service!
  24. TT

    TTTT

    Tokyo

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2019

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    毎年利用してます。ニューヨークなのに、日本にいるのと変わらない感じがとても素敵です。
  25. E

    Eileen

    New York Area

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is as close as one can get to a quality authentic Japanese dining experience in New York!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2019

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Traditional Japanese restaurant, food is good, but price is too high to compare the food.
  27. J

    Josh

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    If considering Hakubai for a special dinner I would definitely recommend the kaiseki over the sushi dinner - the sushi was enjoyable but probably not worth the premium it comes at. I did visit on a Sunday night however and the freshness of the fish might have suffered due to this. The ambience and the staff were both great. Not recommended for people who enjoy a drink with their meal, alcohol is at a ridiculous upcharge that I just couldn't find it in me to justify. Tl;dr: Its one of the few places I could find in the area for high class sushi on a Sunday night, not recommended for heavy drinkers - the kaiseki probably shines more than the selection of sushi. The Maguro was the star.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was just amazing, service is the best. Presentation is really unique.
  29. HK

    HirokoK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic Japanese cuisine as well as thoughtful customer service! Loved everything!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this restaurant. I have spent a great deal of time over the years in Japan. This restaurant made me feel as it I were back in Japan. The Hakubai lunch course was excellent. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough. A real treasure.
  31. C

    Clare

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Authentic Japanese food, superb service, excellent value. If you are craving for genuine Japanese sashimi and sushi, this is the restaurant that will definitely satisfy your appetite!
  32. GE

    GoodEats

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My boyfriend’s birthday.
  33. K

    Kevin

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service, as usual. High quality and beautifully prepared food for our kaiseki dinner.
  34. f

    fangz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice and clean restaurant, traditional flavor. I will recommend this place to friend and families.
  35. RR

    RivertownResident

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Hakubai is some of the best in New York. It is a quiet and sparely designed Japanese style space. The fish is superb. The wait staff is professional and never intrusive or chatty. While it's a bit expensive, It's a great place for a business meal, as it's easy to have a conversation with the lower noise level.
  36. RU

    RUPA

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the atmosphere
  37. HD

    HunterD

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 experience.
  38. FA

    FAITH

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic jazz brunch. The performer was terrific and the food was exceptional!
  39. T

    Tembrel

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely discovery on Park Ave: I had the Okonomi Sushi Kaiseki, which was a perfectly-sized almost traditional kaiseki, lacking only a gohan dish at the end. I'll come back to try the Omakase Kaiseki, which requires a day's advance warning. I cannot praise the service enough; they were great about answering my many questions.
  40. C

    Charlie

    Dallas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2019

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Clean and quite but food is little bit expensive than the price

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Hakubai - The Kitano Hotel New York is rated 4.5 stars by 306 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    38th

  • Neighborhood

    Murray Hill

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:45am to 2:30pm Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday 6:00pm to 10:00pm(last call 9:45pm) Closed on Mondays (Private Parties available on Mondays)

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Kaiseki

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    4,5,6,7,S at Grand Central - 42nd St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Yukihiro Sato

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 885-7111

  • Private party facilities

    Hakubai has 3 Private Tatami Rooms and 3 Semi-Private Rooms that can accommodate from 4 to 16 people. Please contact us at 212-885-7111 to book your event. Reservations are required only by phone.

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