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About Rabbit House
Creative Japanese Tapas. Casual Chef's Counter Style with wine and sake at Lower East Side/China Town. No Server. After 10pm Izakaya. Vegetarian/Gluten Free option. Reservation recommended. Private event & party welcome!
New York, NY 10002
Japanese, Fusion / Eclectic, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 5pm - 11pm
Wednesday 5pm - 11pm
Thursday 5pm - 11pm
Friday 5pm - 12am
Saturday 5pm - 12am
Sunday 5pm - 10pm
Grand street & Hester street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wine
Rabbit House Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sadly very disappointed in all aspects of my experience. I understand the restaurant is on a budget but the second hand chairs were far too high for the tables. The chef was yelling at the sous chef the entire night, the waiter wore latex gloves to serve us, the oysters were full on sand and grit, and the fish was overcooked and over salted which the chef claimed was "how it's done in New York".
Cozy cute restaurant run by owner/chef, who uses her Japanese background and European culinary experience to create an interesting menu. The cheese plate was curated exceptionally and I look forward to trying out a sake pairing. The menu can be changed to cater different diets such as vegetarian and gluten free, and is a great place for a casual intimate dinner.
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