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Posted by know-it-all type on 12/15/2007
In nowdays, what we value about the great restaurant is that, most of all, taste of food, and then, fitting atmosphere to that type of the food, and absolutely or conditionally for service (since I don't care, I can accept more than often not, their aloof service if I am being able to sit down in that famed spot from the long wait). I didn't go Izakaya Ten because they are well known or anything, I went there because I was at that area, but, it turned out that it wasn’t just a common Japanese restaurant to me. I really enjoyed all the way, definitely for the food and the atmosphere, service wasn't perfectly fast enough for my pampered dining temper in the city, however, all servers were prompt enough, mostly, I felt so they are genuine. I had so many yummy hot dishes which they said for the authentic Izakaya style dishes matching for the drinks. Although they were not sushi restaurant, when I also tried a little bit of sushi, the taste was so more than ordinary and the choice was so reliable and straightforwardly fresh so that I fulfilled my cold foods appetite in between the bites of many hot dishes. I ate more than enough but I was very happy that I got to know the place. I devour the food and price.
Posted by G.L. on 11/19/2007
The meal started out good, talked to the bar tender, had a drink. (you must read this: owner called cops b/c we complained about service) We arrived at 8:30 and sat at 9, and there was no mention of closing time. It was a Sunday night. We had wine with dinner and at 10, an hour into dinner, we wanted a last glass of wine, and the bartender said NO b/c the bar was closed. I said well we just want one for our last course of the meal as we had just ordered more sushi rolls. He said no, he can't do that b/c they close at ten and he claimed it said so on the menu. I asked him to show me and it was not on the menu. I said that the situation was ridiculous as we spent a lot of money on sushi and we were not finished. He called a manager, I said I spent 200 dollars on sushi and my meal isn't over and I woul d just like another glass of wine. So after making my point and saying I was going to leave and I wanted my check the owner came out and she said what's the problem. We informed her that this was ridiculous that we were an hour into the meal, with no warning of closing time, and they wouldn't at least bring us a glass of wine. She started arguing with us and said that it isn't ridiculous and there was nothing we could do. She told us that if we didn't leave she was going to call the police. In fact, she got up, dialed 911 (after I had already paid) and started yelling at us that she was going to have us arrested! I said for what I already paid the bill? She then started screaming at us that she is calling the police. The wait staff basically had to wrestle the phone away from her to get her to not call the police. I will never go back there again.
Posted by anon on 10/30/2007
I've been to Izacaya twice with friends and it's been lovely. I'm going with 5 friends for the third time tonight. Service could be better, they could you an extra waiter. Sushi is very fresh and they have a great saki selection. You can't beat the prices for the quality. Go to Izacaya if you are ok to wait a bit for a table and be patient with your waiter.
Posted by NYCGirl on 09/21/2007
I took my boyfriend, who was in town for about a month, and he's NEVER had any kind of seafood. We had the fried octupus, fried clams and the crab. He absolutely LOVED everything he ate. We also had some cold sweet plum Saki, which was great with the food! I definitely plan to go back here. It's a small and cozy restaurant, but the staff and the atmosphere are delightful. ENJOY everyone!!
Posted by dpb23 on 06/14/2007
I'm glad to see a small izakaya further uptown than St. Mark's Place and on the West Side, too. Service tonight was quite attentive and prompt; the delays described in older reviews did not affect us at all. All the food was wonderful; best were the tako wasa (raw octopus with wasabi sauce) and the ebi kawari age ("shrimp two ways" with umeboshi sauce). The music was not too loud, thankfully. The bathrooms were charming, too. Only the maguro was a little mushy, but all the other fish was quite fresh and good. All in all, a hit, and we'll be back!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/18/2007
Great space and the atmosphere takes you somewhere other than NYC but... the service is not very good. I would really like to take a date here but the likelihood of waiting forever to get a drink or a speck of food is a sure thing. Tonight I waited 10 mins. for a drink while I waited for a table. After two drinks I opted for take home since the bar was taken by squatters and tables were not available. I placed the order at the bar and to no surprise nothing for 45 mins; my words to the sweet girl at the bar was "please, please go get my food please!". Well 5 mins later she brought it up, god bless her. Sorry I won't be back even though the sushi tasted fresh and was so great. One of the best in the neighborhood but the service just kills it for me.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/28/2006
I can't say enough good things about this place either - warm and friendly atmosphere, superlative food, and decent value for the money. My dining companion and I started by ordering the ten izakaya dishes listed on the left side of the menu that were indicated as being representative of the "soul" of the place, and each one was excellent in its own way - so many unique flavors and textures. (The monkfish liver alone was as delicious as the best foie gras I've ever had - and at $8 a portion, considerably less expensive.) We also tried a few items from the more traditional sushi side of the menu, which were all excellent - but with so many unusual dishes on offer, you really owe it to yourself to be adventurous. I can't wait to go back.