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Posted by Anonymous on 07/21/2006
My boyfriend took me here for Valentine's Day and we've been hooked ever since! I think it's safe to say we go at least once/twice every two weeks, and we take all of our friends! Now everyone's addicted! The fried rice is seriously to die for.. We're going there tonight! You'll love it!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2006
Awesome service, great food, and fun idea. Great place for a date, to entertain out of town guests, or for a girl's night out. Our server was genuinely nice, courteous, and the timing of the dishes was impeccable (which seems to be the trouble with a lot of places). And the smore's at the end were so much fun!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/23/2006
Our server was awesome and the food was perfect! My new favorite place in lower Manhattan! The salad dressing on their house salad was sooooo good! I love this place and I can't wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/05/2006
Look, I hesitate to review on this site becasue it seems as though the people that do must be from the mid west or are college students who just arrived and are shocked by common NY dining experiences that are the given. I normally go to Do Hwa for Korean bbq, but Japanese is my fave cuisine so do the math. Of course I'm going to try this. The decor is very LA, and the service is very chain restaurant like. But what I'm getting at is I had a fantastic dining experience here. I went on Tuesday and am bringing new people back on Friday. I totally dig the food. Our server rocked, extremely patient and volunteered tons of information about the menu. Really, go. Especially if you are carniverous. The kobe chuncks remind me of foie gras the way it just melts and is so rich, paired extremely well with the sauces offered for each meat ( or fish).
Posted by Anonymous on 03/29/2006
Please, don't go here. I am begging you. My dream is to eat yakiniku every day for the rest of my life, and if everyone knows about this place then I won't be able to. Those thin slices of kalbi... which sauce should I get? Shio tonight I think. NO, tare. I'm out of control! Ahh and maybe some kobe if I'm feeling extravagent. And don't forget about the shrimp, lamb chops, pork sausages, shittake, asparagus, bimboba (sp?) pots...
Posted by good eats on 01/31/2006
I say reluctantly because the more people know about this place, the more crowded it will be. The food is just friggin fresh and good. A clear indicator of a good asian restaurant is if you see a lot of asian patrons. I say this as an asian food snob. Value, quality, service, it's all there. The beer is sometimes so cold, it comes out slushy. That's something all beer lovers can enjoy, not just homer simpson. Try the beef tongue, it's delicious. I know it may sound gross, but one try, and you'll be converted.
Posted by Park Sloper on 01/22/2006
First of all, when you call to book a reservation, you get the friendliest voice on the other end. First plus. My date and I arrived 30 mins. late for our reservation and still got a fantastic leather booth in the back -- behind the waterfall-like curtain. Another plus. The rest of the plusses come in the form of fantastic service (a server who was not only enormously pleasant and happy, but thoroughly explained the menu and dispensed cooking advice to us first time Yakinikus), the most delicious menu, clean presentation and lovely, relaxed atmosphere. My date and I went all out, ordering the assorted kim chee and seaweed w/ cream cheese to start (sounds weird but, trust me, sooo good!), then the kobe kalbi, ahi tuna, harami miso and chicken bibimba for main. The previous reviewer who said the kobe melts in your mouth was right -- it's like butter! Each dish was tastier than the last; ahi tuna was light and juicy and harami miso soo yummy with a thick coat of bbq-like marinade. The bibimba was very good with a pleasantly crispy texture. We were so amazed by the quality of the beef that we ordered an encore kobe kalbi on top of that! We rounded out the meal with s'mores (c'mon, how could you not?!) and the milles dessert in coffee flavor with red bean ice cream on the side. All that plus 5 drinks and our total for two came out to be less than $150! Amazing! As we walked through the restaurant at the end of the night making our way towards the door, every server and hostess wished us a good night. What a fantastic experience! And so friendly and good. My date was really impressed that I chose this restaurant and had a great time. I can't rave enough about this place.