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Posted by Derick on 05/21/2009
Great drinks, food and neighborhood vibe. I spent hours learning about their various sakes. Hani, the bartender, suggested everything without error. The food is quite tasty, though geared more for spending time then filling up. The patrons are not the transient meatpack type. The interior is warm and authentic except an odd map of Japan, a bit kitsch.
Posted by LovedIt on 04/05/2009
Went in last night after walking by numerous times. The place rocks: great sake and drinks. The atmosphere and music are amazing. The food is equally as good. Best spicy tuna roll I've ever eaten. I'll go back again and again. That review below about the bar and cops: I'm sure the people were totally obnoxious. The waitstaff last night were so nice, you'd have to be a total jerk to have them call the police on you.
Posted by ARM on 03/05/2009
We ordered most of the menu and everything was expertly cooked. I'd skip the sashimi salad next time, it's sashimi over lettuce. The tuna bellow kim chi was pheominal as the tuna fat dampened the fermented taste of the cabbage and had this very interesting sweet flavor. The cocktail with the rosemary infused shochu is a must get, and if you like lychee martinis, that is best i've had in NYC. Serveers were prompt and nice, and a patron at the bar held the door open kindly as we walked in. First visit, definately not the last. Fortunately I live right there!
Posted by vivian on 11/28/2008
Cozy setting - yes i.e. small. Tasty food - yes. Service was subpar and slow. We were tempted to sneak into the kitchen to count the rice paddies and livestock. The portions - miniscule. What reviews fail to cite is that menu dishes are appetizer sizes. Perhaps I've grown too accustomed to the western diet of large portions, but if we spend close to $500 for a table of 6, we shouldn't have to run to the nearest pizzeria to fill our unsated bellies.
Posted by AWF on 06/15/2008
One of the main reasons apart from the great food, lovely staff and fantastic atmosphere that my wife and I are regulars here is that generally people like G "$200 on sushi" L don't normally venture here from their more favored hang outs in the meat packing district. Hopefully the very sensible reaction of the staff in calling the police when confronted by this braying, drunk and likely coked up example of all that is wrong with yuppydom will deter his sort from venturing back here and leave this sanctuary of loveliness safe for the rest of us.
Posted by NYCeats on 01/09/2008
Went to Izakaya Ten with a big group the other night and had a great time! Excellent authentic Japanese dishes like udon noodles, chicken meatballs and octopus balls (not what you’re thinking, they’re deep-fried, batter-covered octopus in the shape of a ball) and some inventive new ones too. We had a pork dish that came out on a sizzling skillet that was amazing. Great sake [select]ion, creative cocktails and something new for me, shochu. Apparently it’s the most popular drink in Japan. Stronger than sake or wine, but not as strong as vodka. You can even buy a bottle and store it behind the bar for the next time. Really cool space and friendly staff. My friend also said they had some hard to find Japanese beers. We’ll definitely be back!
Posted by TiPi on 01/02/2008
I have been searching a lot of Japanese places in Manhattan, but most of them were disappointing or simply unaffordable. I am so glad I got to know Izakaya Ten. I went in with a friend last week, and found the place warm and cozy. The staff were not rude like most other places, and they were so pleasant and patient. We had different kind of rolls and some unique Japanese dishes, and truthfully they were excellent. My favorite was the fluke carpaccio and a certain Shrimp dish. It's served on a shell, and deepfried with avocado. I saw other people having pork and beef dishes that looked good, too. Finally, my favorite part about Izakaya Ten was that they offered a great selection of Sake, and they have the cutest little map that sorts out the different sakes according to dryness and lightness. My friend and I were no experts in sake, so we asked a lot of questions, and the owner of the place was nice enough to come over and give us a kind explanation on the different sakes. I am going back tomorrow night with a group of friends. If you're searching for affordable and tasty Japanese food, this is the place to go!