Rabbit House

4.3
47 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Fusion / Eclectic

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World First Small-Scale Theme Restaurant! Creative Japanese Tapas. Casual Chef's Counter Style with Sake in Lower East Side/China Town. No Server. Taking reservation Counter area Only. After 10pm Izakaya. Vegetarian/Gluten Free option. Private events & parties welcome!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Fusion / Eclectic, Japanese, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Dinner:
Tuesday 5pm - 11pm
Wednesday 5pm - 11pm
Thursday 5pm - 11pm
Friday 5pm - 12am
Saturday 5pm - 12am
Sunday 5pm - 10pm
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Phone number
(212) 343-4200
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Forsyth Street in between Hester and Grand Street
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Public transit
Grand Street B/D subway
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wine
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Rabbit House was AMAZING!

Rabbit House is a lovely, cozy establishment run by a friendly lady. We sat at the bar and enjoyed delicious food and tasty sake’s — the three courses all came out in impeccable timing and the proprietor recommended excellent drink pairings. Rabbit House is a global fusion experience — there was Cuban music playing on the stereo (at a pleasant volume), Italian cookbooks behind the bar, and the owner/chef is Japanese.

Definitely, make (and keep) a reservation to experience this one of a kind dining experience.

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r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved this place and we'll definitely be back. The food is inventive and fresh, and it's prepared and served by as helpful and friendly a team as you are going to meet. In fact I might go every day -- if there's a seat.

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n
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was very interesting & great. Very special restaurant!

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AR
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I made this reservation nearly a week in advance for a friends birthday, unfortunately I received a call the day of her birthday an hour before our reservation cancelling on us saying they had overbooked. They said they could have us in 2 hours after our scheduled reservation time. HOW IRRITATING. Once we agreed and arrived the small restaurant was quiet, however, the front door was locked and we had to call to enter. The food was alright but not worth the yelp reviews I had read over how great this dining venue would be. Server was great, tried to make up for all the mishaps and they did offer a birthday dessert for my friend, but we were all a little to hangry to forget the event. Most likely will not be returning.

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h
New Mexico
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

good food and drink, small but friendly

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d
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The happy hour sake flights x2 are worth the subway ride in and of themselves, but do stay and experience the lovely small plates and mains. The Yuzu mushroom platter was lovely, "tako taco", a grilled octopus soft taco was super imaginative, and the Trapped Rabbit main dish was textbook. Beautiful.

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New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this spot! And the Groupon deal is great too. Amazing Sake selection, authentic vibes and great service.

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JC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get there early and RSVP!!

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Slow, terrible service, food was mediocre and small portions for the price. Would not recommend.

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GM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. So intimate and personalized. Would definitely recommend to friends and will surely come back!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing experience. We had dined at the restaurant for dinner previously and had a great experience, so decided to come back and bring a group of 8 friends. Our group purchased Pulsd brunch coupons and were looking forward to the brunch. We had called in advance to the restaurant who informed us they would need to move the reservation to noon (one hour earlier) to accommodate the group. When arriving at noon, the restaurant was not yet open and the chef took an additional hour to arrive. Nearly two hours later, the food started coming out in batches of 2 entrees. The first two guests were completely finished eating by the time the next two people’s food arrived. The guests were hungry and had to run to a bodega across the street to pick up snacks while they waited. After we had paid the check, the sides that we ordered arrived to the table. The dining experience was truly embarrassing and frustrating - will be recommending against this restaurant from now on. If we hadn’t prepaid the Pulsd coupons we would have walked out on this brunch.

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AW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The matcha sake was very interesting. Sweet and kinda yogurty where you have to swirl toward the end to mix the taste. The waitress was nice but wasn’t always coming in time to pick up the empty plates. Yummy food. The artichoke dip wasn’t worthy though.

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New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always love going in for dinner with Chef Yoshiko Sakuma, she is delightful and always has a smile for you! Definitely make a reservation as the place is small and make sure to mention you want the omakase- it’s only available upon request and it is always amazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Creative menu with Japanese influence on typical brunch dishes. Beautiful food. Well plated. Enjoyed the eggs Benedict with eel, Japanese omelette, and delicious teriyaki bacon. Will definitely go back!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great selection of sake and appetizers. Rabbit was delish. A bit on the expensive end.

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M
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our party of 6 came here to celebrate my sister's birthday. Although some of us were expecting a Japanese eatery experience (similar to places in Ginza, Tokyo), it was more of a fusion experience (with soft hip hop music playing). The chef/owner & the server were very accommodating from the start, by setting up 6 places at their 3 wooden tables. (We wouldn't want my elderly mom to sit on a high chair at the counter bar.) Since they had a supply delivery problem, the server advised us that we can only order one rabbit & one chicken for our table. And so, we decided to eat "family style" and share our food "tapa" style. The dishes were prepared carefully one at a time, by the talented chef. We had Tako-taco (octopus & fresh greens served in delicate taco); 4 pcs spare rib (perfectly cooked with the most delicious sauce); spicy black baby chicken (good flavors); rabbit (slightly over cooked with delicious carrots & mushroom) and finally, steamed red snapper. The attentive & kind server surprised my sister with a plate of most delicious freshly-made vanilla ice cream with a lit candle. I'm unsure how it would've worked out in terms of all entrees being ready at same time for a party of 6. However, it's a great unique food experience. Every seat was filled by 8pm. Food was fresh & seasoned well with wonderful unique flavors. Thoughtful, warm service. Highly recommend this place that is 2 blocks from our parents first apartment in New York.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Small intimate setting with owner and chef. Enjoyed the meal and experience. Host very kind and personable. Great customer service! Especially enjoyed the appetizers.

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique Japanese/western fusion infused with a sense of humor! Delicious on all levels!!

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RB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

The food was great. But after 3 hours we were begging the kitchen to just let us go and forget the rest of the food we ordered (check please!!!!). I think they have a 1 stove burner that they use to cook all of the food and the waiter also preps the food behind the counter so you hardly ever see him. It's hard to get a reservation since they only can serve about 12 people a night. It got very painful and offering a group with hangry pregnant women comped alcohol was not solving the issue.

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rabbit House was a lovely hidden surprise! The restaurant is run by only two people. Wonderful food and ambience. Would definitely eat here again! Definitely an impressive spot to take someone to!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience! Food was delicious. Atmosphere was welcoming. A very calming experience in hectic NYC.

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C
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A creative mix of east/west cuisine. Some of the dishes-tuna tartar and octopus for instance were a bit bland and could have been boosted by yuzu or some other acid and/or wasabi, possibly. The ribs were sublime; and although the house sake is made in California, it is quite good!

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been there twice and it has been amazing both times. The food is excellent and ambiance friendly. Cannot recommend more highly.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Nothing special would not recommend

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AW
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the customer service! Would love to come back for this. The staff went above and beyond in accommodating my reservation. Thank you so much.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I had asked for the table by the window in my reservation, and the woman who called to confirm my res acknowledged my friend and I could have that table. When we arrived, on time, another couple had just recently been seated in that table. My friend and I sat at the bar instead, which turned out to be preferable as the setting sun glared on the window table. The lights were off because of the natural light pouring in, but they were never turned on as the evening went on which left the restaurant very dark. The edamame, tartare and tacos were good, but my friend and I were not able to eat the beef carpaccio. The textures and flavors of the dish did not go well together. I had high hopes after reading on OpenTable this had been reviewed as a "foodie spot", but I would not recommend.

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D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible and our tasting course dinner took 5 hours!! The food is mostly quite good, though the oyster shooter and salad are tasteless and skimpy, but it takes forever. My bro-in-law is vegan and I asked in advance if dishes could be made and the chef said yes, andyet, she couldn't do the vegetarian tasting menu and he suffered through five hours with three dishes of quinoa. Sole high point is that the chef knows her sake and the pairing is good (though quantity is tiny). We dined on a Friday evening in a party of 4. We sat around 7pm for the tasting menu. Our final course was served at midnight. All others served at the bar (1 turn, 5 people) were kept in the restaurant until nearly 1am. We will never return after burning our entire friday night hosting my sister and her husband from out of town at this small and dingy restaurant with terrible service.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a cozy spot with a mostly eat-at-the-bar service. The food is tasty and well presented.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really love this little place, great food and Yoshiko SAN is an amazing host

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GG
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love creative interpretations in food and with her Japanese spin on Western dishes, Chef Yoshiko is a welcome addition to the NY food scene. I went for dinner Thursday night and enjoyed it so much that I went back to investigate brunch two days later. Glad I did—Chef Yoshiko's unagi/onigiri take on Eggs Benedict is my new favorite thing. Her black sesame muffins were also a joy, with a lighter texture that reminded me of Filipino bibingka. I liked brunch so much I plan on returning again today (I know, I'm a bit obsessed).

At dinner we started with the Black Edamame, which was a subtle twist on the expected Japanese appetizer with its spicy black pepper notes. I thought the Artichoke Dip was the only item that was less than stellar but still okay, perhaps because I felt the tortilla chips were on the ordinary side and the artichoke dip itself wasn't necessarily novel. However the sake soy appetizer "Addicted Spare Rib" was like a Flintstones meal in itself, and the Spicy Black Baby Chicken was a great entree. I believe the spicy part came from a smear of sriracha, and while I love that condiment I'd be interested in seeing what Chef Yoshida can come up with as her own take. For dessert we ordered the afogato and the sesame rice pudding, both excellent caps to the meal although I lean more to the latter.

I highly recommend Rabbithouse for your next meals. It's a small and humble space with cute touches, and while it's not a big box resto, it's a very intimate dining experience that I much prefer—it's one of those 'secret' finds that makes New York worth exploring. This city has always been about talented people making their own way in the world, and Rabbithouse and its talented chef deserve your dollars and your dining patronage.

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k
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is overall amazing it's definitely made with love. The sake selection is a favorite. The live Jazz was beautiful as well as the musical Playlist when there is no live music. This is definitely one of my favorite places in New York.

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Cornwall
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The owner was wonderfully welcoming and the food was extremely good. Would highly recommend. A tucked away little oasis of excellence.

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LF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yoshiko was an amazing chef and we had a wonderful time tasting unique dishes and sake from her cozy restaurant. It will definitely be a place I will return to.

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New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our dinner at Rabbit House was such a pleasant experience. Chef Yoshiko served many small dishes prior to the main dish, each plates were unique and well-flavored. It's a small place & only a year old establishment. This is not a place if you'll expect your server bring dishes in good tempos so you go in & leave within 2 hours. Instead, you'll be here to enjoy meals, share good conversations with friends/someone special with lots of laughters, and forget about time.

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NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place that no one knows about!!!

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AA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and creative dishes! Perfect setting for a dinner date. Great and friendly service.

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BJ
London
19 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

great experience. the food was excellent, made by a super, creative, experienced chef. she is new to restaurant ownership so we expected a few bumps in the service. however, it was very good and well worth any wait. she is a very humble japanese woman, very genuine and served the food with real pride of ownership.

we had the black chicken and the salmon -- both perfect and delicious. for appetizers, we had the spare ribs (to die for) and the amazing octopus tacos.

recommend highly! excellent organic sake and wine choices. the rabbit looked great. maybe next time!

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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

you can tell the chef knows hat she is doing in the kitchen and with the assembly of the menu options. the service and restaurant operations can be improved. good food. tasty.

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LH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a hidden gem and a great, cosy spot for a romantic date. They have a huge selection of sake and a cute, Japanese style bar. The owner was incredibly generous and gracious.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Owner chef Yoshiko gives us wonderful time always! Food is good and creative. We love TacoTaco, artichoke dip,BBQ rib, Rabbit, Fish!
I have to try Sunday brunch.

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