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Any Good Izakaya (居酒屋) in Philadelphia?

Chemicalkinetics Dec 17, 2013 09:59 PM

Just came back from Toronoto and had some really great experience at two of the Izakaya up there.

Is Yakatori Boy the only Izakaya in Philly? I have been there once before, and it did not blow me away, but it was only a one time experience.


Anyway, any good Izakaya place in Philalphia? Many thanks.

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    dndicicco Jan 21, 2014 01:30 PM

    I would be surprised if Izakaya found a place in Philadelphia. Yelp reviewers would kill it for small portions and high prices! I just don't see it aligning well with the Philly vibe.

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    1. re: dndicicco
      Chemicalkinetics Jan 21, 2014 02:02 PM

      So people in Philly like cheaper food and larger portions? This may also explain why Philadelphia does not have any higher end Chinese dim sum.

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        carnicero Jan 21, 2014 02:26 PM

        I'm a Philadelphian and gladly pay more money for smaller portions when the food quality and service make it worth it. Tapas and small plates are very popular here and I don't hear much griping from people that dine at places other than Applebees. If Ranstead Room/Franklin Mortgage/Hop Sing can charge $14 per cocktail, and sooo many chef-owned Philly restaurants can charge what they do for small plates and tasting menus, I think a quality izakaya can charge what they think is necessary to serve me some delicious grilled chicken bits, etc.

      2. Chemicalkinetics Dec 18, 2013 06:06 PM

        I went to Yakitori Boy again tonight at ~6:30 PM (Wednesday) just to check it out for the second time. It was ok. It wasn't great. The atmosphere was slow. The foods were passable, but not outstanding. I understand that a lot of Izakaya do not have the best food in the world, but it should have at least something going for it (1) a great atmosphere, (2) good quality food or (3) interesting variety of food. I have not seen any of the three from Yakitori Boy tonight. I was told that it get really busy late at night and very busy Friday.

        My server also looked tried. She looks like she did not want to be there.

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          foobooz Dec 18, 2013 01:16 PM

          Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka of Zama is opening coZara on Drexel's campus in early 2014. His bi-level place is being described as an izakaya.


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          1. re: foobooz
            Chemicalkinetics Dec 18, 2013 05:37 PM

            Thanks. Looking forward

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            Hungryin theBurbs Dec 18, 2013 07:56 AM

            Looks like there might be one on the way.


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            1. re: Hungryin theBurbs
              Chemicalkinetics Dec 18, 2013 08:05 AM

              :) I read about it, but it seems that Royal has been trying to get started for years and unable to. So I am not having high hopes.

              1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                der Jan 19, 2014 04:20 AM

                I was having a beer with a chef who was presenting dishes as an interview for Royal Isakaya about a month ago, so I would assume it's moving forwards sooner than everyone else thinks.

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                  Chemicalkinetics Jan 19, 2014 08:42 AM

                  Thanks. I would love to try Royal Isakaya. Since my last post, I have been to Yakatori Boy two more times. Both times were good, but not great. Thanks for your information.

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              alex1018 Dec 18, 2013 06:22 AM


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              1. re: alex1018
                Chemicalkinetics Dec 18, 2013 07:36 AM

                :( This is a sad news indeed, but I am not surprise because I could not find anything online neither.

                1. re: Chemicalkinetics
                  Bob Loblaw Dec 18, 2013 10:30 AM

                  quite amusing, when I google 居酒屋. I don't think McGillin's has what you're looking for though.

                  1. re: Bob Loblaw
                    Chemicalkinetics Dec 18, 2013 10:41 AM

                    <quite amusing, when I google 居酒屋. I don't think McGillin's has what you're looking for though.>

                    I am not understanding.

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