Wagamama (Murray Hill - 39th Street)

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$30 and under
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Asian
wagamama is different.
it’s not just japanese, chinese or korean. it’s a fresh take on great asian fusion food.
our exec chef has been travelling extensively across asia, selecting his favorite flavors and recipes and has given them a modern, nourishing twist, the wagamama way
we believe in eating informally | on long communal benches | together with your friends | when you want. come from work. come in your gym clothes. we call this nourishment from bowl to soul
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join us every monday-friday from 4-7pm as we’re pouring our favorite selected wines + beers for $5 and cocktails for $8

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: July 10, 2019

Ends: July 11, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-7:00PM

What 89 People Are Saying
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MH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Jackson the server was very attentive. The food was delicious.

T
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

God food in a bright lively atmosphere

L
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food4service2ambience2

They had no clue of our Opentable reservation at the front desk.
They sat 3 of us in an 6 sitting table in the middle of nobody while nice 4 table spaces were available for non reserving guests.
Then they came again to ask our name on the reservation

SC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A nice place for lunch. Food was good as well as the service.

GM
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The space is open &: beautiful. The food was very good & the staff were so friendly and efficient.

f
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample menu, delicious food, great service. Would definitely recommend.

JG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Absolutely delicious food. Ramen was great, gyoza delicious too. Service was charming and prompt. Only criticism is that it was uncomfortably noisy with the kind of music I personally cannot understand anyone wanting to hear when they are eating. But I'm an old curmudgeon. I recommend the food very highly, it was delish and a good value for the money. Fresh, bright flavor and plentiful portions.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had 4 different servers serving our table which was confusing and a little disjointed. All of them individually were great.

B
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I've been to Wagamamas in London and Dublin; the Murray Hill branch is the nicest. It was refreshing to be in a space with a high ceiling that decreases the noise level considerably. Our waiter was genuinely warm and professionally reliable. There could have been more vegetables in the bowls--the servings were a little sparse, and I'm not a huge eater--but all in all Wagamama is good value for money, especially in midtown Manhattan. Very pleasant and a new go-to staple in midtown.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Came in with a large group (11!), Staff was very accommodating and we had a great time.

k
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I love the food but I may spend more time ordering from them.

Have eaten there entwine but too many bugs/flies at the table.

Kills my desire to stay in and eat.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great and their hospitality is amazing. We always enjoy their creative cocktails.

BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The service was not good. Waited a long time for a soda. Food was ok - some dishes too spicy.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food is tiny portions and super oily. I got the crispy cauliflower - it was doused and floating in oil. My friend got the gyoza dumplings. Embarrassingly small and tough. The servers aren’t really smiley or nice. I really wanted to like this place bc outdoor Asian eateries are rare in nyc but I came away disappointingly annoyed.

NK
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service took forever and food had no flavor. Will not be going back.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Its a good Asian fusion place.

Some of their dishes are spot on, but some are either too spicy or too bland. The fried duck gyoza is a must try, as well as the chili squid. The firecracker is a little too spicy.

The juices are top notch, try the tropical one with mango, orange and pineapple (cant exactly remember the right fruits) . Their cocktails are not something I will dish out the money for, it is expensive and tastes experimental.

Service is good when you get in, albeit they can forget about you through out your meal.

J
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Unfortunately I had to send my Katsu curry back because it was served cold. The service is spotty. The food is good when it comes out hot.

K
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food! Perfect location

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful day and got to sit outside which was a bonus. Fresh, well prepared food, not overly spiced. I had the chicken + shrimp raisukaree with brown rice. It was excellent.

MR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Not great if you have one hour for lunch. The food can take 45 minutes for one person and 15 for another

L
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Server alerted us that meals for different people would arrive at different times, as the dishes were prepared at different stations (there were three of us). No a problem per se, but the second order came just as the first person was finishing their meal. The third meal did not arrive within an hour, at which point we got the check (with one person leaving the table hungry). They asked if they should wrap the missing order to go, but didn’t manage to do so in the next ten minuets either. No discount/compensation offered on the bill (except that they did not charge for the dish that never came). Just a faint “sorry”.
Won’t come back.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

one of the dishes ordered was with no chicken and there was chicken in it. when I told the waiter he smiled and said sorry. Luckily the person eating didn’t have any allergies BUT if a mistake like that was done with my food I would have had a serious medical issue.

MG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

I have been to this location numerous times and find that the food is great. Everything comes out as it’s ready, so newcomers definitely be aware of this. I’ve seen plenty of people complain or get confused about some people’s entrees coming before their own but they state it right on their menu and the server usually makes that clear as well.

Speaking about servers, the service at this location is hit or miss. I had amazing service the first time, terrible service the second time, and great service every other time.
If I received that service on my first impression, I would have never come back.

The second time I came it took nearly ten minutes every time I wanted to flag down the server, however we were sitting outside and they only had one person staffed to the outdoor seating that night. This included waiting twenty minutes to just get cups and water for the table and then the same delays for ordering and finally getting the check.

I understand that they may have been short staffed that night or somebody may have been a no-show for the outdoor waiter crew, but there were plenty of waiters inside that could have been moved around easily to work the outdoor shift.

Every time that I’ve sat indoors it has been great. The management should figure out a method for distributing waiters during the summertime when outdoor seating may get packed.

I can’t speak for other locations but I love this spot and will definitely keep coming back. It’s Asian fusion but literally everything is customizable in any way (within reason). Need something gluten free, want it spicy, or want to sub this meat for that meat and get it with no veggies? Whatever you want, they’ll make it happen.

I’ve always wanted to try their desserts but am usually too full after appetizers and entrees, maybe I’ll have to come in just for the Panko fried banana!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Everything was ok, I noticed their utensils and plates were still dirty but I only asked for a new plate and wiped the utensils clean with my napkin.

b
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went for lunch on a weekday. Got seated promptly but took 15 mins for a server to come and greet us and get our drinks. Food came quickly after ordering. Food was good.

SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There were flies everywhere and a mouse walked through the restaurant while I was eating. Never going back.

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food, service could've been better but overall enjoyed

f
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

This was my second time eating at Wagamama and I brought a friend. They were pleasantly surprised, as they lived in the neighborhood and never knew it existed. Although this is not a high-end Chef-centric restaurant, the food is so clean, healthy, inventive, well prepared and tasty, it will become my go-to whenever I am in the area. They are also very good at making substitution accommodations.

If you like Asian, fresh salads and vegetables, and are not stuck on having huge hunks of meat on your plate to be happy (there is poultry and fish -- they just don't overwhelm the dishes) you will be happy here. There is really no other menu/focus quite like it. Decent wines -- I wish they had more rose, and wonderful desserts too. Don't miss the ginger ice cream.

Very nice service. I DO wish, they would not blast the music. Not all of us like the music they choose to play AND at the volume it is being played. They could at least rotate the style of music. To me something more serene would be more in keeping with the food. It is noisy between the open design, the music and all the diners.

RG
London
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it in London, happy to see it here in New York

F
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast friendly service and exciting fresh food choices; a great new neighborhood gem!

BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I ordered the Chili Chicken Ramen and they forgot the Chicken -- very disappointing.

C
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding quality and the staff was very friendly.

PA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the food served at this restaurant, because it’s fresh and light. In addition, there’s a big variety of green juices.

F
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Service was terrible. Everything we ordered took a ridiculous amount of time.

F
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Don't expect sushi like we did but rather delicious udon and ramen dishes mostly. Definitely recommend.

VJ
New England
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

They were out of items on the menu and the food we got was cold. The portions were also smaller than I remember them from Boston Wagamama experience.

EK
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food at Wagamama is always fresh and delicious. It is such a treat to have such a great restaurant near the office. I highly recommend Wagamama.

NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience1

Food was EXCELLENT but we had to wait for it. Dishes aren't served at the same time making for an awkward dining experience. Not even the deserts (ice cream) came out at the same time. We had a reservation but had to wait for a table and remind the hostess 3 times. And while the hostess offered us a round of drinks - it never showed up - again, we had to remind our service twice. It is a VERY noisy restaurant and not ideal if you enjoy conversation while you eat. However, despite the lax service AND the noise, the food was REALLY good with selections for vegans and omnivores. I'd recommend it based on the food, not on service or ambiance.

DE
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I like the concept of this brand, but the quality of the food does not match the price point. It's what you would get from a food truck.