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Inakaya NY
Japanese Restaurant$$$
Today 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
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231 W 40th St New York, NY 10018
231 West 40th StreetUSNew YorkNew York10018
$$$Japanese Restaurant, Sushi RestaurantToday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMThursday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMFriday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMSaturday 5:00 – 10:00 PMSunday 5:00 – 10:00 PMMonday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PMTuesday 11:30 AM – 2:30 PM, 5:00 – 10:00 PM


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, renowned politicians, Hollywood stars, and other celebrities and the epicureans from around the world for more than 40 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.  The origin of “Robata-yaki” is “Vegetable Grilling” from Sendai, the city formerly known as the Eastern capital of Japan, and “Seafood Grilling” from Kushiro in Hokkaido, the fishing-port city notable for savory seafood.  Fresh ingredients are cooked miraculously 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.

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Upscale Japanese robata (slow-grilled cooking) & sushi restaurant in a modern setting.- Google
"The tuna and yellowtail sashimi tasted very fresh too."
"Inakaya brings together brilliant cuisine and an energetic atmosphere."
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Daniel Leong
a week ago
A fun place to relax and enjoy a delicious meal! Their Black Cod is easily one of the most delicious fish dishes I've ever eaten---a must order! I also always recommend the grilled mushrooms in foil---yum! In the evenings, they will periodically pound fresh mochi, asking for volunteers to help. It's a bit touristy, especially after the first time, but they usually then come out with a free sample for everyone so I can't complain.
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Karen Hsu
8 months ago
What a memorable way to spend Valentine's night! We came for their 6-course Kyoto menu that ranged from salad to sushi to surf & turf to rice to ice cream to mochi! Sitting at the bar, we were right in front of the action. Directly in front of us were mounds of ice which covered the fresh fish and lobster that the grillers right behind were able to conveniently grab, skewer, and grill, transforming raw seafood into tasty warm bites for us to see. The half lobster was very good and was pretty sizeable. The tuna and yellowtail sashimi tasted very fresh too. The restaurant has traditional tops that they let you wear while holding one of their serving paddles, all for a photo opp which they will polaroid for you. Also, if you are interested in getting physical, they let you help pound mochi with a big hammer, which is a highly visible event in the restaurant. 3 hours later from when we walked in, our stomachs were very happy and we were high from all the action we took part of. The only minus is that we were a bit overwhelmed by the smoke from the grill, sitting so close at the bar.
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Shajib Azad
11 months ago
Had a great experience here. Yes the place is a bit on the pricey side. I did the 6 course pre fixe here. The portions were small, but you got to taste a little bit of everything. The food was delicious and quite varied. There is of course the show, which was fun and entertaining. The staff is attentive and friendly. I would recommend giving it a try for the experience.
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Matt Smidebush
2 months ago
Inakaya brings together brilliant cuisine and an energetic atmosphere. The sushi is great, but I come here for the grilled yellowtail collar and grilled mushrooms. If it's your first time here and you have less than 5 people in your group, sit at the bar. You are served via long wooden poles for both food and drinks, which continually blows my mind. I can't do it justice, you have to experience it for yourself.
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Mahdi Hasn
a week ago
One of the best shushi i had. And the environment was so great too.
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Samuel Papon
10 months ago
A fantastic experience, with a "show" served with every dish. Superb refined nippon cuisine. Great smily waiters and funny chefs. Go, GO!
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Tommy Willis
5 months ago
The service & food was great! Just wish, I had more time in NYC to try different dishes.
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Sharon Sudhop
9 months ago
Loved it. They were very gracious hosts, the food was wonderful and the wait staff made us feel like royalty.


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