Yamada Chikara NY

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$50 and over
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Japanese
Please note; Cancellations made within 48 hours of your reservation are subject to the cancellation fee of 180 dollars per person.

We serve only two types of Omakase courses starting with appetizer, 9 Kushiage, breaded and fried skewers, and 3 more courses of unique dishes being followed by dessert and Japanese tea. It takes up to about 2 hours and the prices for the Omakase are 180 or 120 dollars per person, not including beverages, tax and gratuity. There’s an option of drink pairing which consists of 6 glasses of many kinds.

Some substitutions may be available upon request but unfortunately, we cannot accommodate with sole vegetarian or gluten-free manner.

Chef Chikara Yamada brings a new wave of Japanese cuisine to New Yorkers, featuring Kushiage, fried skewers of fish, meat and vegetables, and other inventive Japanese dishes with Chef Yamada’s signature European flair, served in an Omakase style.
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BA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and omakase experience. I will come back soon!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A once i a lifetime experience. Absolutely great!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Insanely good, one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. Would absolutely recommend. Fantastic food and service.

OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dining experience at this restaurant. Everything was done in perfection and the attention to detail was unsurpassed. The set menu was very well planned out and executed and the fried courses did not feel heavy at all. The chef took care to introduce every dish and was very informative. It was a rainy night so we did not get to go to the backyard to enjoy the dessert courses so hopefully next time as I will definitely go back.

OT
New England
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing amazing amazing restaurant! Loved everything and I’ll certainly be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

real good food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

really great experience

n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful presentation and flow. Thomas-San was a great server at every turn.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 2

Not recommended

Y
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best , highly recommended.. not only is the food exquisite but the service was wonderful

GS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome. That is all I can say. Don’t miss it. A new and unique omakase experience.

EL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience that is 100 percent unique

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best spot in midtown for dinner. Your tastebuds will be on a culinary journey.

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

I visited on a moment's whim, having made my reservation minutes before getting to the restaurant. I was immediately greeted by name and seated at the long bar. There were very few people, which seemed odd given that it was Saturday night, but it explained the ease with which I was able to reserve.

Despite having read reviews, I had failed to really visualize the food: luxurious skewers of little fried bites. It is all very elegant and professionally carried out, the wine and sake pairing is equally showy.

But it seemed quite underwhelming somehow, after all, it does not require much effort to make wagyu beef or uni taste delicious, and in some cases the very light batter, the frying in what I was informed was a very pure sesame oil straight from Japan, the link between all the dishes, seemed an impediment to enjoying this fine fare.

I would like to emphasize that the service was very good, the entire staff kind and informed. Just not sure if I'd visit again.

OT
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a great experience! Thank you to Domo and the entire staff!

HL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary at Yamada Chikara, and had a wonderful time. Loved the ambiance, décor, food and service – the whole experience.
The pre-cooked skewers were presented to us on a nicely arranged flat board. The skewers included panco-coated shrimp, A5 Wagyu beef, duck, bacon-wrapped oyster, scallopt, white asparagus ..., all of the highest quality and artfully prepared. Chef Tomo explained each items to us in detail, the origin, what sauce to go with etc. The skewers were then deep-fried one by one, each one was well-executed. They were non-greasy, crispy outside and inside was done just right. At the end of the skewer course, there was a warm soup with cold foie gras powder combo, it was truly unique & delightful.
An elegant sukiyaki dish and tuna rice bowl followed to complement the meal.
Weather was quite warm that evening, and dessert was served in the garden, which was very different. Desserts were presented in a very nicely decorated plate, and with a hand-written greetings card. We really appreciate the extra effort to make us feel special on our anniversary. Service had been very attentive and thoughtful the whole evening.
We had a lovely evening. Yamada Chikara is an ideal place for special occasion, would definitely go back just for a night out too.

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

Great food and experience, def worth a splurge

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Wonderful treat. Loved the personal service, loved tasting many varied and creative ‘bites’. Definitely special for foodies.

s
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative dishes- respecting traditional Japanese traditions with modern techniques. Wonderful service, attention and conversation with the chef during omakase. Recommend the drink pairing as well. Very attentive.

M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is tasty and the service is outstanding- what you would expect at a high end japanese restaurant. There’s a mix of beautifully fried skewers with new flavors like fried Gorgonzola with julienne apples and honey to molecular gastronomy (snow foie gras with consommé). It’s an adventure for your tastebuds. It’s pricey and some with big appetites might not be fully satisfied. But I’ll be going back to see what’s new on the menu!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my birthday dinner tonight at Yamaha chikara, it was a great experience for kushiage, everything cooked just right, food delicious and great service, you would not disappoint.

MG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real treat! Food looking beautiful, and tasting delicious. Very friendly staff. Amazing!

JM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you think you know omakase, think again. Yamada Chikara isn't your typical collection of sushi and inventive Japanese foods. Instead, it's kushiage -- deep-fried foods on skewers. Over the course of the meal, you'll be presented with a couple of dozen different skewers, along with various dipping sauces. We were there on a Saturday night and it wasn't busy, perhaps because the omakase is $180 per person, but we were quite happy with the service and the food. It's an experience if you've not had kushiage before and worth trying.

KH
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This restaurant serves Kushi age and Kushi Katsu. They are very good but the price is overly proceed in my opinion.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. Honored to enjoy.

GF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good experience. Recommend

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an incredible, under-the-radar gem!! Jun and Sato delivered an unforgettable culinary experience. Thanks to the legendary Chef Yamada for bringing his talents to New York!

NY
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative cuisine with a wonderful atmosphere. Service is excellent and engaging. Went there to celebrate a birthday and the staff couldn't have been more welcoming. It's like being transported to a top Tokyo restaurant for the evening.

E
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a hidden gem! I was looking for a unique food experience and this place definitely hit the spot. I loved the food and how the staff interacted with us and took the time to explain what we were eating. I would highly recommend it if you are looking for something different than the usual fancy dinner fare.

RC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 4

Overly priced food. Even though the atmospher is great and the service is very traditional Japanese style still considering the content of what they are servicing and charged, I cannot give it a great word.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is divine. Tomo went the extra mile and made sure everything was exceptional. He taste tested my beer, found something was off, passed it to the chef to confirm it didn’t taste right. The Chef!! Then he enlisted the help of another person to fix what was wrong with the tap. After another taste test, I was presented with the best Sapporo I ever tasted. The food didn’t even roll out yet!!!

Had the privilege of sitting near the fryer and seeing the glistening white crystalline panko breading laid out in front of me. After my meal I can confidently say it’s probably worth more than a kilo of cocaine. The breading coats each piece so lightly but elevates everything to another level. Once you dip the kushiage into a sauce or accompanying espuma you can hear it scrape along the bottom of each tiny dish. The sound is nearly as satisfying as the light crunch you hear with every bite.

This isn’t the breading you get with your order of baby shrimp and fried rice folks! It’s a damn art form. Quail egg that bursts in your mouth accompanied by the intoxicating smell of shaved truffles enhanced by truffle oil?! Mochi with pink foam that could have splashed straight out of the Birth of Venus onto your plate?! One of the courses tasted like the best damn pizza I’ve ever had! Surprises abound if you take the leap! Please do!

p
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's hard to understand why this place isn't more popular. The food is fantastic, and while there are a few yakitori (chicken skewer) places in NYC, there really aren't any kushiage (deep fried skewer) places. Definitely worth a try with the drink pairing.

t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation online and noted 1) one is allergic to shellfish, and 2) this is to celebrate my 10 years anniversary here in NY. Jun the manager called 3x prior to check on the level and allergy and ensure all will be ok. What an amazing night we had at Yamada Chikara and everything was just perfect.

OT
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Fantastic service and great atmosphere. Technique of frying is superb, right level of cooking. The last chirashi is mediocre. Drink list is just ok, limited options, but pairing is very strong especially the sake. The only question is pricing. Nothing is bad, but seems a bit pricy considering the pricing of other comparable high end restaurants. Still looking for the ‘specialness’ to justify - a rare kushiage place is probably not enough given that it is a progressive one.

LP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place - great service and truly innovating food. Can’t wait to come back!

PD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful culinary experience, outstanding service and attention to details. A night to remember with new learnings about the Japanese culture, about sake and about many different refined ingredients.

Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful KUSHIAGE‼️ Not greaseless. There worth eating👌