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New York Grill - yea or nay?

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I realize New York Grill is often looked as a tourist trap, but I find the atmosphere of Park Hyatt Tokyo to be incredible and would love to have a meal at New York Grill. Have any of you been there before, and what did you think? I'm sure you can find better steaks in Tokyo, but it seems like the food is pretty good at the very least, and coupled with the view and the ambience, it should make for a memorable dinner.

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  1. Sorry you didn't get any responses, I've never been there myself.

    Did you end up trying it? How was it?

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    1. re: lost squirrel

      Just got back from my trip to Tokyo and Taiwan, I had a great time at New York Grill. As I mentioned, I absolutely love the atmosphere of Park Hyatt Tokyo so just getting to the restaurant was fun. After an elevator ride from the ground floor to the hotel atrium on the 41st floor, I had to take a second elevator up to the 52nd floor for the restaurant. The elevator doors open to an incredible view of the Tokyo skyline. My all-time favorite night view is from the Peak in Hong Kong, but this would probably be a close second.

      After a slight miscommunication where we were seated at the New York Bar instead of the Grill (the two are connected right next to each other), we ended up at the right place. All the window tables are for couples only, but we were lucky enough to be seated at a table for four the next row over.

      As for the food, I don't have the food expertise that most of the people here do, but for my simple tastes, it was excellent. I had a Yamagata ribeye and crab cakes that were delicious. My brother splurged for the Kobe steak and I got to sample a piece. Much like the Matsusaka beef that I had tasted a few days prior, it's very fatty and has that "melt in your mouth" quality so many people talk about (this was the first time I've eaten anything that actually lived up to that description). Personally, the taste was a little too rich for me, and while a single bite was delicious, eating a whole Kobe or Matsusaka steak would have been excessive and overwhelmed my taste buds. I went back to my Yamagata ribeye and finished it off with delight.

      The Yamagata cost about $80 with the Kobe being a whopping $180 or so. The restaurant is fairly small so the waiters can easily handle the tables with very attentive service. I had a very good time and definitely want to go back next time I'm in Tokyo.

      1. re: lost squirrel

        I just had dinner there tonight. Mark Lapico from Jean George NYC was the guest chef. Absolutely superb. They were also serving a wine menu from Jean George that was a great compliment. Anyone who lives in Japan knows, many times we are stuck with Chilean, Aussie and random South African wines. I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

        1. re: bkkelectro

          Do you know how long he's going to be there for? May have to run by and check it out.

          1. re: Notorious P.I.G.

            Monday (7/13) is the last day of the special Mark Lapico menu. Prix-fixe dinners are Y14,000-22,000 plus 10% sc.

            1. re: Robb S

              Thanks very much. Appreciate the reply. I will be in Nagoya unfortunately so I won't be able to make it but thanks for getting back nonetheless.

      2. I was the sommelier there for a year and I try and go back as often as I can. Depends on your budget. If you have money to splurge then go for it and have an awesome wagyu dinner. The lunches/brunches are also great with a buffet for appetizers and desserts, you select your main course. On a budget? Then go to the bar just before the sunsets, have drinks while the lights of the metropolis come up and twinkle down below you. The executive chef is awesome so you could also ask to be seated at the counter in front of the chef and watch all of the cooking in the open kitchen.