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34 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003 40.728418 -73.991203
nr. 4th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-475-2989 Send to Phone
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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi, Korean
  • Price Range: $$

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Mon-Thu, 11:30am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-midnight; Sun, 11:30am-10pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at Astor Pl.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Desserts
  • Kid-Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Take-Out
  • Teen Appeal
  • Catering


  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar




Cars, gadgets, hair perms, and more: The ideas may originate elsewhere, but the Japanese spin lifts the mundane to new heights. At Gyu-Kaku, a bustling cook-it-yourself, California-based chain restaurant, Korean barbecue gets the Japanese makeover. Sauces are sweeter and milder; vegetables and delicate seafood come wrapped in easy-to-grill foil packets. Dominoes of harami skirt steak, marinated in sweet dark miso, turn caramelized and succulent on the hot grill. A quick sear of the fat-veined Kobe kalbi yields unctuous, buttery bites enhanced by the house’s soy-based tare sauce. There’s no panchan, Korean-style nosh freebies, but reasonable prices mean diners can splurge on starters like the Hawaiian-inspired ahi poke, wasabi-soy-marinated cubes of pink tuna stacked on a bed of seaweed. The yakimochi dessert, less nostalgic than s’mores but just as fun, pairs grilled, chewing-gum-size blocks of nutty mochi with ice cream. Best of all, every roomy, dark-stained wood table in the expansive dining room houses gas-powered, diamond-mesh downdraft smokeless braziers, with vents that suck smoke back into the grill, so you won’t reek of roasted flesh all night.


Daily, for two, $70-$90; for four, $160

Happy Hour
Mon-Thu, 11:30am-6pm and 9:30pm-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-6pm; Sun, 11:30am-6pm

Gyu-Kaku does offer limited takeout options such as soups and appetizers—though all raw meat and seafood must be cooked and eaten within the restaurant.

Recommended Dishes

U.S. Kobe kalbi, $26; harami miso, $10; yakimochi, $5