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Raku, Japanese on W. 76th St. Anybody been?

efdee Aug 17, 2008 07:24 AM

Passed Raku and wondered about it since it's so close to the museums and Central Park. The take-out menu looks ok but would love to hear from anyone who has eaten there. TIA

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  1. raji212 RE: efdee Aug 17, 2008 11:33 AM

    I'm pretty sure it's not Japanese, which is funny because their motto is "it's Japanese!"

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      efdee RE: raji212 Aug 17, 2008 12:45 PM

      I can't imagine why you think that it isn't Japanese. They don't have a website but their menu is on menupages and it is thoroughly Japanese, and the sushi reviews are good.


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        kobetobiko RE: efdee Aug 18, 2008 08:51 AM

        Hi efdee,

        I have never been to this place, but just looking at the menu and the items that they serve, my first inituation is that this does not look like a Japanese restaurant run by Japanese....

        As you mentioned that sushi reviews were good, I took a brief glance at the reviews and someone did mention that it was owned by Chinese.

        That said, I am not trying to judge their quality. My answer is simply to respond to your question to raji.

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          efdee RE: kobetobiko Aug 18, 2008 11:29 AM

          Thanks, Kobe,

          Wow, I just wanted to know how the food was : )

          But this is an interesting digression ... if the owners are Chinese, what -- if anything -- does that mean to you about the quality of the (Japanese) food? and what was it about the menu that made you intuit that Raku was not Japanese owned?

          And has anyone eaten there recently? TIA

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      simplefood RE: efdee Aug 18, 2008 05:16 AM

      Used to live across the street 3 years ago. We ordered from there at least once a week. It was really good for a quick neighborhood sushi place. Not sure if they have gone down hill or not.

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        harrison RE: efdee Aug 18, 2008 07:20 PM

        I'd give Tenzan (down the block a bit) the nod for better servicable sushi....and I believe they're Japanese.

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