J-Spec

4.7
24 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
J-Spec is the abbreviation for “Japan-Specification”, a unique phrase created by our team; it is the name of our new restaurant bringing Japanese-standard quality wagyu beef at an affordable price point.
**Please note that we are not participating at Restaurant Week only on Saturday's. The menu will be available throughout the other days until 8/22

All wagyu at J-Spec are above A5 rank and above 10 BMS (Beef Marbling Value).

Wagyu has a distinct texture and flavor profile compared to American beef; the rich fat gives a “melts in your mouth” sensation.

Although many international markets recognize the quality and value of these meats, the high price point has been an obstacle, keeping the meat out of reach of most consumers. After working in different Japanese restaurants throughout New York City, we are thrilled to now be able to serve the cuts we are so proud of to our guests at this restaurant.

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Guest Seating Time Limit
1-2 person=1hr30min
2-4 person=2hrs
5 or more=2hr30min

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 24 people are saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
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4.6
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4.6
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4.3
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NYCDINER
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was friendly, food was great! We got the $125 RW special which was a lot of food but it was all very good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

No restaurant week Saturdays.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dining experience will definitely go again!

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cjtkoala
London
52 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely even at the intimate J-Spec. Some of the dishes were quite inventive! The service was also attentive without being overbearing.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service and great selection for prefixe menu. The earl grey dessert was fantastic

BD
vipBoneDog
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really nice food. Menu needs a bit more refining and dishes could be plated slightly larger. Would go back.

PB
PaulB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience with amazing knowledgeable staff and amazing food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant But Very small portions and over priced.

GO
GOULLINP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, very good service, very clean, will definitely go back!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy the foods and services in J spec. Every time we have a great experience.

JK
vipJKoo
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of the best bargains in NYC if you're a fan of super buttery Wagyu beef from Japan. The prices are very reasonable (compared to other venues) for the quality of beef you get. Would love to come back!

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vipmelissac
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience and food!! We can’t wait to go back.

BL
BrianLin
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak, I keep going back for their steak, excellent

AT
AkikoT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious. Good service. Bring your own drink till they get liquor license, which is totally fine with me!

m
vipmayonaka
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Craving for some A5 wagyu beef but can't get to Japan? You have found a place!

Making reservation on Open Table was easy and we were one of the few customers dining on a Tuesday night, so we opted to sit insides They do have a pretty good outdoor setup (individual cabin).

We didn't know this was a BYOB spot but there is a liquor store right around the corner (no corkage fee).

We had the following:
-uni & caviar hand rolls (delicious)
-miso & bone broth soups (bone broth was better)
-J-spec TKG (don't mix all with the rice)
-best part of the night: A5 Ozaki Wagyu

The sliced steak was cooked to perfection with three different sauces. We paired that with a nice bottle of red wine.

Staff was really friendly and we had a wonderful time dining there.

For the sushi lovers out there, this is the location where Jewel Bako used to be. They kept the same interior design.

DD
vipDowntownDatePlace
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice experience all around, especially cordial and friendly service!

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Naveed
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak melted in my mouth. Fantastic service, will definitely be back

AH
AlvinH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Valentine's Day course menu! Would definitely come again!

CB
CarolinaBrun
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for my husband’s bday and it was one of the best experiences ever. The steak is so amazing and the service was also great

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding! I really enjoyed the outdoor dining seating setup they had. It was very private which was perfect for a date.

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Shellie
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for Christmas eve, they had a Christmas Special. It was great with delicious food. We decided to get the Christmas Special for 2. The price were great for the amount of food it was given. We tried to order more but the waiter were great and told us that whatever we wanted to order we will get a little in the special so we don't need to spend the extra $. Our waiter was very intensive and polite, answered all our questions.
Outdoor dining was great, it has individual booths giving us some privacy. Will def. come back!

S
Shaggysan
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Service were absolutely Top Notch. I will definitely be coming back here.

C
vipCece
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their Japanese A5 Wagyu concept. Prices were fair. Their Ribeye stood out to me the most. The menu could use more variety. Atmosphere was nice and quiet. Service was good. They made us feel special for a special occasion. Would definitely be back and highly recommended.

MF
vipMichaelF
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it. Great food and service. Creative dishes!

FAQs

J-Spec offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 287-0107.

J-Spec is rated 4.7 stars by 24 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.