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J-Spec, New York, NY

J-Spec

4.4
4.4
48 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
J-Spec is the abbreviation for “Japan-Specification”, a unique phrase created by our team; it is the name of our new restaurant bringing Japanese-standard quality wagyu beef at an affordable price point.

All wagyu at J-Spec are above A5 rank and above 10 BMS (Beef Marbling Value).

*****
Announcement for all guests that dine with us onwards from 8/16.
Following the regulation of the NYC state official guideline, we will be requesting all guests to show a form that proves that you have been fully vaccinated for the COVID-19.
Any guests that make a reservation with us are responsible to notify other guests among the party.
If it is not presented we will not be able to allow guests to dine with us.
We hope everyone understands and thank you for your cooperation.

*****
Guest Seating Time Limit
1-2 person=1hr30min
2-4 person=2hrs
5 or more=2hr30min

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 287-0107

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    5th street between 2nd and 3rd avenure

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    7 min walk from 2nd Avenue Station (F), 7 min walk from Astor Pl Station (6), 8 min walk from 8 Street Station (R W), 1 min walk from 2nd Avenue & East 6 Street (M15 Bus Stop)

  • Additional

    Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

What 48 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JL

    JamesL

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    1st time. Seaweed salad was ice cold and they redid it. Otherwise the Waygu was excellent. Full pours on the wine. It was a Tues night and the place was empty except for 2 other tables. One was a single. My son was not pleased with the warm water and he thought his beer had a funny smell. The sashimi was fresh. The sushi generous. Excellent service. I will try it again.
  2. A

    Abbie

    New England

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience1
    The wangu beef tastes like normal beef, not worth the price at all
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    It was great overall but I was the third guest to be there in the restaurant after opening and they gave me terrible seats for me and my girl and I made reservations. Kinda tickled me being a black person with bad seats when other people came in after to get better seating. Gave a small tip for that reason but food was great .
  4. DF

    DylanF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was very good, but it was very pricy though
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for Wagyu
  6. DQ

    DQCofHarlem

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    1 of the best steaks ive ever had - flavor, texture, etc recommended sake flight was an excellent pairing very simple setting & not exactly a flashy
  7. LV

    LorenaV

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    a better music selection, the place deserves it :)
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best place ever
  9. K

    Khan

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    It was horrible. We went for restaurant week and go a box with basically nothing and a little tiny piece of wagyu and a little sushi mix would not recommend !
  10. G

    George

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    We order the prefix set which is I believe 5 courses, that includes dessert, for $125. Nd honestly was not worth it compared to other places. I will def give them credit that their meats are def on point; great quality meat nd cooked perfectly. However outside of the one maybe two good dishes, there was nothing that "blew me away" except for the pure meat dish. Would def give it another try but however will be ordering a la carte next time. Service was good nd wait staff was very attentive. Drinks were good too
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The portions were small for restaurant week and the space was VERY tight, it was like you were dining on top of other guests.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    i loved loved loved the actual menu but restaurant week menu was extremely weak. we mixed and matched.
  13. PT

    PatriciaT

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    The restaurant week menu is a rip off and was not good at all.
  14. b

    bunjow

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wagyu was fine. Restaurant week tasting menu was “meh”.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5
    We came for restaurant week dinner and the meal was super underwhelming. The appetizer was a piece of broccoli, a cut cherry tomato in yogurt sauce and a pumpkin salad. The main was a 9-piece meal, one of which was basically just cream cheese. Two dishes were wagyu, but there were both only ok. Overall a very underwhelming experience for the price.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall2food3service5ambience3
    We ordered the restaurant week menu and signature week. Both so disappointed… the wagyu is not good quality and taste like a fat not a savory and juicy one. All other food is ordinary and does not worth the money, especially the restaurant week menu. I’m so disappointed but the only good thing is the service. Ppl are nice there. The temperature is so low in the store and they should heat up for special cold days like today.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with my family and had a dope time
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the handroll, wagyu steak and sake recommended by the waitress. Best and memorable steak.
  20. R

    Rickcopin

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding anniversary
  21. AD

    AmyD

    Key West

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here and the food , service and atmosphere was amazing .
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great time with my wife.
  23. J

    Jenn

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious experience — and they spread the tables out so even though there were plenty of customers, we weren't listening to the conversation directly next to us. The staff was helpful and explained the nuances of the menu, as well as served us the courses promptly and expertly. And of course, the food was exceptional. We left full, but not overly stuffed. And very happy.
  24. NY

    NYCDINER

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service was friendly, food was great! We got the $125 RW special which was a lot of food but it was all very good.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    No restaurant week Saturdays.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dining experience will definitely go again!
  27. C

    Carolyn

    London

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely even at the intimate J-Spec. Some of the dishes were quite inventive! The service was also attentive without being overbearing.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great service and great selection for prefixe menu. The earl grey dessert was fantastic
  29. BD

    BoneDog

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Really nice food. Menu needs a bit more refining and dishes could be plated slightly larger. Would go back.
  30. PB

    PaulB

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience with amazing knowledgeable staff and amazing food.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant But Very small portions and over priced.
  32. GO

    GOULLINP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, very good service, very clean, will definitely go back!
  33. SM

    SaoriM

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy the foods and services in J spec. Every time we have a great experience.
  34. JK

    JKoo

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely one of the best bargains in NYC if you're a fan of super buttery Wagyu beef from Japan. The prices are very reasonable (compared to other venues) for the quality of beef you get. Would love to come back!
  35. m

    melissac

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding experience and food!! We can’t wait to go back.
  36. BL

    BrianLin

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Steak, I keep going back for their steak, excellent
  37. AT

    AkikoT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So delicious. Good service. Bring your own drink till they get liquor license, which is totally fine with me!
  38. SP

    ShawnP

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything here was great! The wagyu cuts and the uni hand rolls were delicious. The outdoor seating decor was also nice.
  39. m

    mayonaka

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Craving for some A5 wagyu beef but can't get to Japan? You have found a place! Making reservation on Open Table was easy and we were one of the few customers dining on a Tuesday night, so we opted to sit insides They do have a pretty good outdoor setup (individual cabin). We didn't know this was a BYOB spot but there is a liquor store right around the corner (no corkage fee). We had the following: -uni & caviar hand rolls (delicious) -miso & bone broth soups (bone broth was better) -J-spec TKG (don't mix all with the rice) -best part of the night: A5 Ozaki Wagyu The sliced steak was cooked to perfection with three different sauces. We paired that with a nice bottle of red wine. Staff was really friendly and we had a wonderful time dining there. For the sushi lovers out there, this is the location where Jewel Bako used to be. They kept the same interior design.
  40. DD

    DowntownDatePlace

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice experience all around, especially cordial and friendly service!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

J-Spec offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 287-0107.

J-Spec is rated 4.4 stars by 48 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for J-Spec

239 E 5th St, New York, NY 10003-8507

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    5th street between 2nd and 3rd avenure

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    7 min walk from 2nd Avenue Station (F), 7 min walk from Astor Pl Station (6), 8 min walk from 8 Street Station (R W), 1 min walk from 2nd Avenue & East 6 Street (M15 Bus Stop)

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

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