5 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Third Ave.
By TakoyakiLover on 10/5/2009
I actually prefer cramped up places because it gives you a "authentic japanese restaurant" type of feeling. When i was eating in taisho, it felt like as if i was in tokyo, japan. The prices are decent- they're in manhattan after all. The food were delicious. I would definitely go back for more.
By baldrick2 on 1/3/2009
This place is unabashedly what it is: a grungy, crowded, no-frills kind of joint, and I love it!! I go there with friends to sit for hours ordering two dishes at a time, or sometimes by myself when I'm in the neighborhood and have an hour and an appetite to fill. The food is simple, but almost always delicious. The service can be a little harried, especially when it's crowded but for me that's part of the charm. I love ordering my staples (including smelt and quail egg yakitori, and fish roe filled grilled rice balls) and always trying at least one thing new (like fried skate wing or the eel and tofu dish). Go early before the line forms and bring an positive attitude and a sense of adventure. Also, you can have a full and tasty meal at a very reasonable price range.
By savingandsavoring on 11/24/2008
Always crowded - not worth the wait for such low quality food. Had to sit in the back room that had barely any space at all, felt like I was crammed in a sardine can!! Service is absolutely atrocious, waitress got my order wrong and then argued with me about it! Food was incredibly mediocre ... I have had much better at other restaurants on St. Marks, at the the same or better prices.
By foodienyc08 on 11/18/2008
This restaurant is terrible--do not eat here! It is absolutely disgusting. We had to send our plates back twice because they weren't clean. Then I actually saw a mouse! I looked at the health department write up and they are just on the edge of failing for health violations. In the end, and not very surprising, I got sick after eating here. Trust me, stay away from this horror-show of a place.
By charliekatsu on 8/1/2008
i eat here 2-3 times a week cuz its terrific traditional japanese bbq, cheap and affordable and the beers are large and in charge. i avoid it on weekends cuz its difficult to get a table for 3 or more people. did i mention SUPER CHEAP ?! ALSO PLEASE DON'T TAKE KIDS THERE - i will personally cut up your baby stroller. place is tiny and crowded.