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feysul Aug 29, 2011 07:35 PM

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

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    snaporaz Sep 8, 2011 09:37 PM

    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.

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    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

    Rockmeisha
    11 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

    1. Silverjay Aug 29, 2011 07:47 PM

      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.

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      Riki
      141 E 45th St, New York, NY 10017

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

      Hagi
      152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

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

      Sakagura
      211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

      Uminoie
      86 E 3rd St, New York, NY 10003

      Donburi-ya
      137 E 47th St, New York, NY 10017

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        feysul Aug 29, 2011 08:06 PM

        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

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          Silverjay Aug 29, 2011 08:11 PM

          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.

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          Inakaya
          620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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

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