Unagi-ya Hachibei

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Japanese Speciality
Unagiya Hachibei is the first NYC based restaurant to provide an authentic Japanese style Unagi experience, focusing solely on creating and serving the best Unagi outside of Japan, featuring our special “secret sauce” and proper grilling techniques.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such delicious unagi!!! Hitsumabushi is my favorite, as I can enjoy kabayaki, temaki roll, the ochazuke all in one order.

w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must visit! It is well worth the wait, especially when it's quite rare in the States to find a restaurant that will serve and cook fresh eel the moment you order. When everything's designed to be quicker and faster, I enjoyed getting a quality meal that was thoughtful and intentional.

[This part of the review has nothing to do with their food or service, but I do wish they had a lighter and more inviting decor inside. Staring at the black wall while eating was an interesting experience.]

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great and the food was delicious... we ordered Osaka Style Uni Unagi, Umaki and a Matcha pudding
Definitely going back!

JC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good. The service was on point, and the presentation was top notch.

H
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The best unagi dishes, with fresh eels. Exactly as in Japan. Very expensive but worthwhile. Will return for sure.

KR
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the coolest and most unique restaurants in New York!

w
New England
19 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Eels are never frozen here. Highly recommended for those who appreciate authentically prepared eels. Definitely not your typical unagi-don type of place.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressive.

S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Best Unagi (eel) in USA. They showed me an eel before they grill. I had a Kanto-style (Eastern). Very tender.
Room was a little bit too dark.

LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but it’s NYC

j
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soft jazz in the background, minimalist decor, excellent service - make the perfect background to be able to focus on tasty unagi while enjoying conversation with a dinner partner. Thank you!

TR
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It was as good as we have had in Tokyo and Kyoto. Service was excellent!

C
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good eel specialty joint.

s
New England
21 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for food decor ambiance and service

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

Incredible!

PG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Overpriced. I know this is probably the best unagi available in the city, but it is truly only marginally better than that available at other fine Japanese restaurants, and much more expensive. Also, they were out of uni (on a regular weeknight! This has to be just poor planning and is really inexcusable). The place was empty, and I imagine the restaurant will not last long. Disappointing.

F
Miami
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A quiet restaurant hidden in the city
even the decor is dark and shadowy
Food is fantastic best unagi since Japan would highly recommend it

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best eel in US!

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MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Atmosphere is quiet, but one goes for the food. If this place were in Tokyo, it would be in the basement, and with no signs... hence a different crowd goes here. A bit pricey, but to be honest, extremely authentic. Hope the locals will help it catch on!

AK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the only restaurant in the US serving authentic Japanese eel dishes--and they do it wonderfully. Lovely service, explanations if needed, really, really delicious food, the eel is so good, comes from Japan and the other dishes are just like what you would have in Japan and so good! I will go back for sure.

PH
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

superb grilled eel--better than in Kyoto. Service suuperb.

p
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious eel that's the freshest in town. Not a cheap meal, but a treat for a special occasion.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my BD dinner with my wife. Both of us thoroughly enjoyed it very much
Thank you so much

TN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Overpriced. Eel excellent, but not sufficiently better than eel in good New York restaurants. Price difference too great.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not as good as I expect. The eel is very fresh and sauce is pretty good.

m
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My husband I were so happy to have the authentic eel from Japan. Everything was great except the back ground music wasn't good.

LC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The deep fried eel bones and grilled eel livers were very unusual and nice appetizers.
But the main dish whole grilled eel served in a box over rice was similar in look and taste of eel at other restaurants, I ended up swallowing several bones left in it. 4 stars for the unique food concept, specifically eel which is a favorite of mine.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning. Eel - every way you can imagine.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional and authentic experience. Comparable on,y to being back in Tokyo.