Japanese >Rockmeisha Izakaya
11 Barrow Street, New York, NY | Directions 1001440.732721 -74.002408
Neighborhoods: West Village, Downtown
Japanese pub with friendly ambience and small plates. – In Japan, the izikaya traditionally refers to a working man’s refuge; a food-centric pub where you could relax after work with a big beer and some hearty snacks. This West Village incarnation of the classic izikaya might up the hipness factor a tad, but it remains a blissfully laid-back spot for sharing a pitcher of Sapporo or bottle of sake with friends. Diners can choose from everything from tender fried chicken to hearty ramen to a small but excellent sushi menu. The restaurant itself has a bohemian-rustic vibe, with softly wailing ‘20s-era jazz wafting through the cozy restaurant’s dark interior, and unintrusive artwork and vintage movie posters lining the walls.
Nasty Service, Cheap and Tacky, Overlypriced – Our waiter was rude and obnoxious. The spicy tuna roll we ordered had a piece of metal brillo pad in it. Yes brillo pad, the ones they use to scrub the dishes. They charged us half price for the roll when we kindly mentioned we didn't want another one.
Upon getting take-out another night, I was told that in order to get extra soy sauce I had to pay extra! Are you kidding me! Pay extra for soy sauce. Even to get my spicy mayo on the side rather then in the roll, I had to pay extra for that as well. After explaining that the takeout was for two people, I was given a plastic cup to poor the soy sauce in rather then an additional soy sauce. Finally after pleading and explaining I was handed a small packet of soy sauce! And just ONE packet! My takeout order was $29 and I had to beg for extra soy sauce. Never again! The owner/chef is rude and has no idea about customer service. Beware
Excellent and Authentic Japanese Izakaya Atmosphere! – I really enjoyed Rockmeisha, it reminded me of similar places I like in Tokyo. Rockmeisha is an izakaya, a Japanese-style pub, so they've got a big selection of different sakes and beers, as well as a good menu of snack-y food.
I had Shiroyuki sake and buta-nira (pork, bean sprouts and leeks fried in a small cast-iron skillet and served sizzling), both were excellent. Reading the reviews, I clearly have to try out the ramen next time I get back there...
(I actually decided, on the strength of some of the other reviews, to go back this evening and try out the ramen. Good move.)
Great Quality Food. – Everything that is cooked at this restaurant is authentic and the best example of taste and presentation possible. Easily the best tasting japanese food in NY. The one drawback is that it is a little bit too expensive for me to go a lot. It's atmosphere is very regular and not fancy, but the dishes are pretty small, and not cheap. So if you want to eat a full meal, you will have to order a few things. One last point I want to make is that the RAMEN at Rockmeisha, is the best I have had in NY. (and i have been a lot) I have also been to many Ramen shops in more than one city in Japan, and it's the only NY made ramen that people would buy in Japan too. The owner of Rockmeisha actually imports the ramen noodles from his own small town in Kyushu, where his type of "tonkotsu ramen" comes from. like all of their dishes, it's also small, but worth trying, especially if you don't ever plan on visiting japan. (it may be the closest you ever get)
Fantastic local Japanese joint with Kyushu specialities – I adore Rockmeisha! Little place tucked away on Barrow St just east of 7th Ave. in the West Village. It's my favorite Japanese joint, possibly the most underrated, because it serves dishes from the chef's home of Kyushu that you really can't find anywhere else in town. It's a gem. Real downhome Japanese food, comforting. Try to order things you don't see elsewhere in town (Japanese soupy omelettes, fried chicken with tartar sauce, pork with leeks and sprouts in a cast-iron pan), but standards like broiled mackerel, freshly wrapped gyoza, and shrimp dumplings are great, too. I don't ever go there for just sushi. The ramen is fantastic with special noodles flown in from Japan and an authentic, rich tonkotsu broth (especially good for people who want an authentic rich broth that is not quite as thick as Minka's). Those noodles are addictive. Service is super friendly and laid-back, but attentive. Not good for groups of more than 6.
Move Over Cheers, meet Rocky's – I was also introduced to Rockmeisha by a REALLY OLD (in age) classmate in my Japanese language class, and haven't stopped going since. I have been here so many times that they now have a special named after me called the Marc-San Special (a dinner order of beef negemaki & two orders chicken yakatori) and let me tell you that this is the best tasting food in NYC. I should know because I am a recovering Fat-Man. Enjoy a nice, and romantic night out at Rocky's and enjoy the music of the past and the food of today.
Pros: The Japanese menu is varied and consistently good, the staff is unbelievably great, and the whole setting is very comfortable.
Cons: There are no cons except some of the sketchy con-like people that walk around the area. TMenner has no idea what he's talking about except for all o fthe positives he mentioned.
Great, comfortable place that is largely under the radar. – I was introduced to Rockmeisha by a classmate in my Japanese language class, and I am ever so thankful that they have managed to make a go of it on a Village side street. The food feels very natural in a home-cooked sense, and even as a hard-to-please vegetarian I have easily spent many nights sampling different dishes and old favorites. On top of the enjoyable food is the warm ambience - a small unpretentious space in which you are never rushed with a very friendly staff. They have accommodated dinner parties for my friends as well as special menu requests as well as tolerated me sitting around drinking draught Sapporo and their own special house sake -- so I cannot recommend enough this hidden gem. The only warning is that it can sometimes get crowded on Friday or Saturday nights, given that it is small and not hurried - but that makes it worth the wait.
Editorial Review – Intimate Japanese restaurant goes beyond sushi with tapas-style delicacies and a signature creamy ramen noodle broth.
Fresh food, excellent noodles and very friendly service – This place was great. If you're a food lover and are looking for authentic Japanese and extremely fresh food then I highly recommend this place. I had a shrimp appetizer that was in a delicious sauce. They're know for having the best noodle dishes in the city and I have to admit the noodles were amazing. Again very, very fresh.
It's tucked away on Barrow street- very quiet. I went with a friend and we both ordered different apps and entrees. Both were excellent. The staff was very friendly. Again, I highly recommend and will be going back soon! Happy eating....
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