Juku Izakaya

4.8
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30 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese
Juku Izakaya is the center of Juku’s tri-level concept. Occupying the 36-seat ground level dining room, Juku offers a menu of contemporary interpretations of traditional Japanese Izakaya, which changes seasonally and focuses on both small and large plates. Juku has an independent sushi menu which is prepared by the Omakase team. This menu includes exclusive offerings of the best of what Chef Kazuo Yoshida has to offer. Diners can also enjoy the 6-seat dining bar which serves a full menu and focuses on New York based mixologist Tim Cooper’s cocktail program. After dining, Izakaya guests are welcome in Juku’s subterranean cocktail bar, Straylight. Straylight is designed as an immersive installation by acclaimed New York based artists Justin Lowe and Jonah Freeman and serves an independent cocktail program designed by London based mixologist, Jamie Jones. Also available for private dining and party bookings via email: Events@jukunyc.com
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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, fresh and delicious. Staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Pricey but well worth it for a special evening. Loved the atmosphere and the downstairs cocktail bar

OT
London
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love Kazuo- he is a master.

LG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found on Open Table and had an amazing dining experience. The quality and authenticity of the food was what I have enjoyed in Japan. Our server was very knowledgeable and had wonderful recommendations. We’re not local to NYC, but I hope to return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. A little fancy. Which can be a plus.

CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went with a friend and we made a reservation last minute because I live close in soho. This might be my new favorite place. Very friendly staff and we loved the food. Definitely will go back.

RL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal with a knowledgeable, attentive server. I will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

everything was good. the wait staff was very knowledgeable. however, there was a server who did not put their hair back. in other words, their loose hair fell into the water pitcher as well as grazing some of our plates as this person leaned over to refill water as well as explain the menu - the water pitcher was held next to their cascading hair.

H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was phenomenal and top-notch for itzakaya, which sometimes are more focused around alcohol. Service was amazing as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is amazing

2
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Had salmon and chicken yakitori, they were way too sweet.
Too much sweet sauce.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

MM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very cute and amazing sushi and Japanese dishes in a small but open setting. Great service and excellent food. Fun bar downstairs too. I definitely want to get back to try the Omakase bar.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and energy - highly recommend

HS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The restaurant was OK, the quality of the sashimi was above average for NYC though hard to impress when the bar is set so high in comparison to our outstanding San Francisco Japanese restaurants ... The menu was minimalistic, the prices were not but they were not out of line. I would have given them a 3.5 star rating if I had not tried their carpaccio! That quickly dropped my rating to 2.5. By definition, that is supposed to be a transparently thin cut; this was thick, tough, and overly seasoned with rock salt perched on top... Carpaccio Is not meant to crack between your teeth
The restaurant lighting was poor but cozy. The staff was friendly and capable. We heard the omakase experience was great but we could not get a reservation for that. Based on the quality of the sashimi, I believe that should be worth a trip. Overall, not a repeat destination unless we try their omakase.

YS
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Extremely slow service. So slow.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Not prepared for Valentine’s Day. Each course took at least 30-40m to arrive. Fined for 2.5 hours and only ordered 4 small dishes. Ridiculous

US
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic place. Great service. Awesome food. Loved every part of it.

S
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Juku needs to put at least one affordable bottle of sake on the menu. Only having bottle an that are $75+ is doing to detour a large market (Chinatown residents). Refer to Sugarfish menu

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ice place. Excellent service. Highly Recommend

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic and unique dining experience!

c
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere.

SR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most stunningly beautiful Japanese Resturant’s in New York City. The downstairs bar Straylight is one of the wildest spaces I’ve ever seen with amazing cocktails. This place is a must go.

JF
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden away in Chinatown, this is a lovely place, with excellent food and ambiance, and a very helpful staff.

J
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wicked delicious food. Great server. Super fun spot. Can't wait to come back.

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order
Sushi specials, Uni tasting, fried chicken, gnocchi, lamb chop and beef rice. World class food. Amazing atmosphere

OT
Jackson Hole
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was creative and delicious! We would
Definitely revisit when in New York City!

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for a large group dinner. They were able to accomodate last minute additions, and the food was delicious. Can't wait to come back for more.

LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was exceptionally knowledgeable about the drinks and the unique ingredients and made great suggestions. The food and drinks were amazing. Very nice collection of original art on all three floors. Will be back.

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Juku was more than you could hope for going in with the highest expectations. The staff go many extra miles to give you an exceptional experience and the omakase is better than I have the ability to describe. Could not recommend it more highly. Truly a memorable experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

3 Floor venue with multiple dining experiences. Omakase sushi bar on the mezzanine, izakaya dining on the ground floor, and a funky cocktail lounge downstairs. Excellent food with attentive service and a great atmosphere!