Yamada Chikara

4.8
15 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Our holiday schedule:
We will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, however, closed on also both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We hope you to have wonderful time wherever you will be!

We serve only one Omakase course consists of Apperitif, Appetizer, 12 Kushiage (breaded and fried skewers), Sushi Box with Soup and Dessert with 180 dollars as the minimum order per person. There’s an option of drink pairing which consists of 6 glasses: Champagne, 2 kinds of Sake, White Wine, Sparkling Sake and Red Wine with 70 dollars per person.

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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Kushikatsu
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Hours of operation
Daily 5:30PM - 11:30PM
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Phone number
(646) 952-0364
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Chikara Yamada
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Cross street
49th St bet 2nd Ave & 3rd Ave
Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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JM
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 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.

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KH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on November 16, 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.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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

Very good experience. Recommend

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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!

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NY
New York Area
1 review
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.

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E
Houston
9 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.

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RC
New York Area
3 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.

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OT
New York Area
9 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!

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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.

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 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.

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OT
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on August 12, 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.

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LP
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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

Wonderful KUSHIAGE‼️ Not greaseless. There worth eating👌

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