Inakaya

4.3
1248 reviews
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Japanese
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Pre/post Theatre
Our original restaurant in Japan was established and opened its first door in the heart of Roppongi, Tokyo in 1970, as the traditional "Robata-yaki" restaurant. Since then, Inakaya has been loved by substantial numbers of distinguished personalities, comprising of former President of the United States, Hollywood stars, and other celebrities and the epicureans from around the world for more than 30 years. "Robata" is the Japanese term that stands for "around a sunken hearth" and "yaki" means "grilling". Families used to gather around the hearth for dinner, which evolved into "Robata-yaki" style. It is known as a type of traditional cuisine, which features fresh ingredients grilled in proximity of guests' own eyes. Foods are cooked on open-flame, its ancient but healthy grilling method of dropping excess oil has attained its popularity, and has spread throughout Japan. And now it comes to New York!
Please note this online reservation is for the Robata counter seating.
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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food!!!

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RW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate quality robata. The agedashi todu was soft, hot and delicious, the steamed vegetable appetizer was filling and had tremendous value, the meats were properly cooked and the service was quick.

I mentioned we were celebrating a birthday and they came out with a tower of mochi and ice cream with red bean, fruit, whipped cream and a candle on the house. YUM!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We had a great anniversary dinner here. The chefs were wonderful. Our server was not very professional and gave us a lot of misinformation about the menu and the meal. However, this did not ruin our experience at the restaurant. I recommend having an anniversary dinner here because the chef very kindly lead the whole restaurant in celebrating our anniversary with a Japanese chant. We weren’t expecting it and it made our evening. Thank you!

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r
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great!

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t
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Not bad for NYC visitors to show around and give a taste of what would be like in Japanese izakaya but how they grill the tiger shrimp was too dried up and oyster was too buttery with too much garlic and couldn’t taste actual flavor of oyster.

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Miami
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Got food sick.

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F
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

A good dining experience, but a far cry from the original in Tokyo. Not nearly as authentic and unique, with hired hands sitting idle and waiting for orders. The robata chefs were good, but fail to impress like they do at the Roppongi original.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Appreciate that they did clapping ceremony for our anniversary. The food is more delicious than before. Especially, black cod was truly amazed and wagyu beef was delicious

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1 review
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Waited 20 minutes, despite having a reservation; after clearing the meal, waited 15 minutes without being offered dessert menu (we wanted) or check. Wouldn’t recommend for a work lunch again

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G
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I thought the sushi was just ok. Nothing special and the prices were high for nothing special.

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TC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was on a list of recommended restaurants from a friend. I was in the mood for steak after three nights of fish. I opted for the Kobe beef skewer; a little pricey but not out of line for Kobe. Two of the four pieces were top notch; the other four not so much. Don't know why there would be a difference.

My wife had the cod and enjoyed it. We also tried the spicy edamame which was very good.

The ambiance is nice, especially when they deliver your order on a long handled platter, from the chef to your place setting!

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AC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is exceptional, reasonably price and delicious! The waitstaff and cooks are very attentive and quick. We were very satisfied after our meal. We will come back and highly recommend Inakaya to anyone looking for a delicious meal. #1 Japanese restaurant hands down. Great for a date, special occasion or before a show.

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ES
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Nice entertainment at counter seat!
Also good Japanese food as well.

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C
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

I probably shouldn’t compare Inakaya NY to Tokyo, but I couldn’t help it. It’s really nothing like the originals in Tokyo. No ambiance, not fun servers. I think most people at the counter were ordering sushi, so there’s nothing for the chefs to do. They looked bored. Food was pretty good. Kobe skewers, chicken meatballs and shishito peppers were good. The kids had sushi, which was good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great food. Nice employees.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

finally a true pan japanese restaurant in NY from robata to sushi to kitchen food- loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great experience over all!! It was my daughter’s birthday and they presented her with Birthday dessert!

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CD
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a lot of fun. Terrific food, great atmosphere and our waiter was entertaining. I definitely intend to return!

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Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service!

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KL
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the third year we have stopped by on our annual trip to NYC the food is amazing, the staff is friendly and helpful and the restaurant is gorgeous!

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We've eaten at Inakaya in Tokyo a few times back when we lived there, and now in the NYC place at least twice. The sashimi deluxe was very disappointing quality (I told them, and they gave us a free drink, which was nice of them.) The cooked food was good, not great. But the biggest disappointment in this caverness NYC place is that the atmosphere of Inakaya is almost totally absent. No energy. Light crowd, even though it was dinner on Friday. Staff was pleasant, but the place is big and quiet feeling, as compared to their Tokyo place which feels buzzing, alive, fun and exciting. I think they bet big here, too big, and the ambience isn't there. It's not cheap, and what's make their Tokyo place so special is missing here in New York.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great restaurant. The food was amazing although I wish the portions were larger. Aside from that it was perfect.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Was super excited to go here after living in Tokyo 7 years.. Basic summary - they took the most amazing Japanese restaurant and turned it into a terrible fake American concept store with McDonald neon lighting and fake grills. Over rated. Over priced. Under average. We left our $100 bottle of Sake half full after the first plate and left and went to Nobu. A complete embarrassment to the INAKAYA name and philosophy.

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BV
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

My wife and I came for a light dinner and drinks, and we enjoyed Inakaya very much! We sat near the bar area and had sushi and sashimi, which was fresh and delicious.

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New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

best salad ever, nice sushi, tasty entrees, excellent service.

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o
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

When I lived in Tokyo, the original Inakaya was walking distance from my home in Roppongi. It was a staple and while the ambiance near Port Authority and the cooks are not Japanese, the NYC branch tries to stay true. The food is great, especially the eel and the spicy ramen.

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A
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place! We go there each time we travel to New York, and everything is perfect!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Finalmente cortesia e gentilezza a NY. Quanto ordinato di qualità e ben cucinato. Tempi di attesa corretti.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food! Be sure to sit around the sunken hearth. Great atmosphere. Will definitely be back

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f
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fresh & generous cuts of sashimi, grilled octopus and veggies perfect.

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G
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 5

Our family was in town and we brought them here b/c it used to be a fun experience. There was no manager in sight and the waiter was completely inattentive even though we were the only ones in the restaurant. We ended up walking out and going to Boqueria across the street. The worst non-dining experience ever.

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CM
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

beautiful clean restaurant, friendly staff and the food was artfully plated and very good - prices moderate for a Manhattan restaurant

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VG
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Expensive with small portions. Good food but not enough for the price. All a la cart.

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SH
New England
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent quality and very authentic! I wish I lived closer.

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IS
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The ambiance was great! Taste food and good people!

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Inakaya never disappoints. Discovered on a trip 3 years ago. Everything on the menu is top notch.If you do not know what to try, ask your server. Sit at the"bar" like table ... you won't be disappointed.

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J
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

The wagyu skewers were fantastic but the sushi was just okay (nothing special).

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j
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We both ordered a 5 course meal each.bfor both of us the first 3 courses were magical... Really good. The final 2 for both of us were ridiculously overcooked. there's no need for anything to be cooked that much

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an Udon soup that had ground chicken in it...it was amazing! Sushi rolls were awesome too. We will be back!

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c
Atlanta
70 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Disappointed with the menu choices. Boring sushi choices. Had the yellow tail collar and it was dry.

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