218 E 9th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.729605 -73.988496
Mon-Sat, 5pm-11:30pm; Sun, 5pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, East Village
RACIST, PREJUDICE RESTAURANT! NO BLACKS ALLOWED! – If you're of African American decent, you are not welcome! My friend and I entered the restaurant at about 7:40p on Saturday, March 26, 2011 and was immediately greeted by the Japanese hostess who said there wouldnt be any available seats until 9:30p...we were pretty shocked and disappointed. We asked to use the restroom before we headed out. While she used the restroom, I waited and heard an Asian party of 3 enter and ask the wait time. He paused for about 4 minutes while he checked his seating arrangements chart and then peeked in the corner of his eye at me and told the customers to wait a minute. HUH!? We were a party of 2! How can you seat a party of 3 before a party of 2? At this time, we waited to see if that party would be seated. The Japanese hostess gestured them to follow him so we asked, "I thought you said it was a 2 hour wait? They didnt have a reservation!" We knew they didnt because we asked them and he said NO! The hostess told us to hold on while supposedly confirming with someone that the next available seating was at 9:30p. LIAR! PREJUDICE RACIST LIAR! YOU DONT WANT MY BLACK/GREEN MONEY, I WILL TAKE MY MONEY ELSEWHERE!
Cook your own meat, have a great time. My Favorite – Yakiniku West is hands down my favorite place to go and eat in NYC.
I have to start with the waiters & staff. They are professional, quick, & friendly. However, they go out of their way to make sure you have everything you need and as a regular I feel like I am treated like royalty and welcomed everytime I show up. I usually end up taking Sake Bombs with a few of them.
The food is awesome. You can order a series of small plates (I recommend all the kobes, the skirt steak, and the SHORT RIBS) and you cook them on your own center grill. I have started getting the sushi as well and it's always high quality and worth adding to the meal.
The cost is always less than I expect and I always order in excess.
This place is awesome to take a date, a fun place to celebrate a birthday, and I've gone alone plenty of times (not like a creep though).
I would suggest calling ahead or making a reservation as this place is always full and you'll have to wait.
Best Japanese in town! – Amazing staff who is kind, catering and always professional. We've been eating there for over 10 years. We have big parties there or just go for a romantic dinner. They have NEVER disappointed us with fresh food and a wonderful experience. Make sure to book your reservation early or be prepared to find another place to eat. They get slammed! All this and the best prices in town!! We recently moved to the Upper West Side and haven't found anything as good. Enjoy!!
SADLY DISAPPOINTED – I have been a loyal customer to this seemingly wonderful restaurant for a great while. A couple of good friends and myself decided to venture into the east village to enjoy one of our favorite Japanese restaurants. Immediately after being seated our waitress' (Y*KA) attitude was extremely disconnected. We had to remind her to take our drink, appetizer, and food orders. The food was WONDERFUL (as usual), as such we didn't pay much attention to Y*ka's attitude. We chalked it up to "NYC" style. My group separated the check. And I paid the check with my debit card and left the tip in cash. After going to put our shoes on. Y*ka stormed downstairs and had the audacity to DEMAND a bigger tip. I told my friends to leave the restaurant while I spoke to Y*ka. I reminded her that a tip is EARNED, not a hand out. She repeatedly told me how incorrect I was then went outside and demanded more money from my friends. Please keep in mind the tip I left was 5 dollars on a $22.00, which was MORE than enough. I was mainly concerned about Y*ka having my credit card number. After speaking to the manager I realized that the "customer is not always right," or appreciated. The food and atmosphere was spectacular, the staff was BELOW AVERAGE.
Authentic and enjoyable – We came here for dinner. We were late for our reserved time, and they gave away our reservation. However, the host was very nice and after about a 15 minute wait we were seated. Before reviewing the place, I thought it appropriate to mention that the description of Yakiniku West as "Korean barbeque" is somewhat inaccurate. This is a Japanese restaurant serving Korean-style food, which has become quite popular in Japan. So even though this is a Korean-style cuisine, Yakiniku West is an authentic Japanese restaurant. Indeed, the atmosphere is very authentic. The restaurant is airy and spacious. The service is seamless. The food has its ups and downs. The beef is of very good quality and there is quite a selection, including high end Kobe beef and the American variety thereof. The other selections, however, leave a bit to be desired. The rice bowls are unimpressive, and there isn't much to speak of by way of appetizers or side dishes. Overall, I enjoyed the dinner and would consider coming back, but I prefer the nearby located Shabu-Tatsu. The beef there may not be quite as good, but overall, the dining experience is better.
Best korean bbq in town! – This place is absolutely wonderful. The staff is really nice from the moment you step in.
I go there almost every week for their special monday half price bbq.
The potato salad and the salmon tsutsumi are my favorite!
The best part is to cook your own food.
Don't forget to make a reservation otherwise you can get stuck waiting for almost an hour on mondays and weekends.
Really amazing restaurant in the East Village! – This place is great to go in a big group of friends. It's Japanese and Korean. Bibim bap is great, so is the Korean BBQ.
Great Place – I have been coming to this place for 6 years. The staff is friendly and the food is great and inexpensive. I always order (and split with someone) the A & B which is the chicken and short rib steak meals. It comes with salad, soup, dipping sauces, rice and ice cream at the end. The sushi is pretty descent as well. This place is so much fun. You walk in and take off your shoes and sit on pillows on the floor and cook the meat on a little grill on the table. It's a great place for a date or for fun with friends.
Editorial Review by Marcella Veneziale – Hands-on dining is encouraged with meat entrees that you grill yourself, as well as Korean dishes mixing with the Japanese fare.
avoid the food – If you come here, do not get the $10 special [korean bbq and bibimbop] served between 5pm and 6:30pm. I walked away with stomach cramps that didn't go away all night. Most likely bad meat used for the bbq. I definitely made sure that i cooked it fully. Although I have friends who like this place, I am not likely to come back to try out the rest of the menu.
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