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Sep 28, 2011 01:16 AM

Similar restaurant to Benihanas

Hi, myself and 3 friends are travelling to NY shortly and we were trying to book Benihanas restaurant but have just discovered it is closed for renovations. We ate there last year and really enjoyed the experience. Can anyone suggest similar type restaurants to Benihanas where they cook the food in front of you. Thanks

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  1. Hi Maria,

    Perhaps the closure of Benihanas during the time of your visit is a blessing in disguise, as there are many great options in town even though they are not teppanyaki-style japanese. See if these interest you.

    Aburiya Kinnosuke: izakaya style restaurant with a focus on robata grilling. Seats at the sushi bar affords great experience and view of robata. Lovely cozy atmosphere.

    En Brasserie: represents japanese home cooking in an airy and elegant space with lively open kitchen. Their house-made tofu is unique if not the best in town.

    Sakagura: sake bar. Their cooked items are numerous and very good in an unexpected underground chamber in midtown that comes to life almost every night.

    Best wishes!

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

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

    211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

    47 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: Kurtis

      I personally would not recommend En among the other two, but would add sitting at the counter at either Robataya or Inakaya, which would provide an authentic experience with a certain level of the "theatrics" one would find at Benihana. Also, there is no sushi bar at Aburiya Kinnosuke, but rather a counter.....Speaking of which, sitting at the counter at Yakitori Totto is another lively (smokey) option.

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

      620 8th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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

    2. First, consider that Benihana isn't a well respected restaurant in New York and especially not on this board. In a city with countless independently owned restaurants, the larger chains get less love. The thought, to many, is that you can eat at Benihana where you live. Why eat it here? Obviously, that's not always true, but you can appreciate the sentiment.

      That said, you might look into Korean barbecue. It's an active and participatory meal, but with still focus on good food. Madangsui is often mentioned as a favorite. A quick search of Korean barbecue on chowhound will give a ton of good info.

      If you are unaware, Benihana is considered hibachi style, despite it not being so. If you are set on finding something similar, use this term in your search.

      35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

      1. If you're looking for hibachi, there's Edo Japanese Restaurant at 9 East 17th Street. I haven't eaten there but I have gone to their other location in Pelham, NY. The food was good and I had an enjoyable time.

        9 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003