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Aug 29, 2011 07:35 PM

Where to go for AWESOME FUN IZAKAYA.

Any suggestions for great IZAKAYA? Nothing quiet but great food and a great vibe. Thanks

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  1. It's not really clear what anyone who makes a one line request for somewhere with a "great vibe" is looking for, so you may want to further qualify your request. That said, there is nothing truly great here in NY in terms of izakaya, but Yakitori Totto is a nice combination of good food and convivial atmosphere. Sake Bar Hagi gets a little crazier, but you take a big dip in terms of food quality. Both are around Broadway...The standard east side places, Rikki, Donburiya, et al., are fun with groups. Food is around Hagi level. St. Mark's places are fun, but that's another notch down qualitywise. Back uptown, sitting at the bar in Sakagura talking and drinking Nihonshu is fun in a refined way. So is digging into the nice shochu selection at Aburiya Kinnosuke...In East Village Uminoie has a nice chilling vibe. Food is kind of hit or miss...Or you can look into one of the robataya specialty places.

    141 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

    Yakitori Totto
    251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

    152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

    Aburiya Kinnosuke
    213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

    211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

    86 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003

    137 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

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    1. re: Silverjay

      Thanks silver jay. Ver helpful. By the way you mention robotaya cooking. I am assuming you mean grilling with bintochan charcoal. Can I asknyour help again with robataya places. Thanks again

      1. re: feysul

        There's two I know of. One on 9th st. in E.V. called I think just Robataya. And another in mid-town called Inakaya. I've only been to the former at lunch. The second is the NY branch of a rather infamously expensive place in Tokyo.

        620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

        Robataya NY
        231 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    2. I would add Rockmeisha to the list if you would rather do your izakayaing further downtown with the slightest hint of decor. But the food is way better at Yakitori Totto and Aburiya Kinnosuke.

      And for a higher price point / higher price-quality ratio, I always find Brasserie EN to be a crowd-pleaser, though it is not my personal favorite. The space is pretty dramatic, it's not in midtown if that matters to you, and the food can be good if you order wisely.

      Yakitori Totto
      251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

      En Japanese Brasserie
      435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

      Aburiya Kinnosuke
      213 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

      11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014