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RAKU: It’s Japanese II!

Japanese / Sushi / Ramen

57 W. 76th St. (at Columbus Ave.)
TEL: 212-873-1220/www.rakuupperwest.com
Mon-Sat: 12-10:30 pm, Sun: 2:30-10:30 pm

Located in the beautiful brownstone neighborhood of the Upper West Side, RAKU: It’s Japanese II! restaurant offers the best sushi deal in the area. The owner/chef Nobu-san, who worked 7 years at Tokyo’s established restaurant doesn’t compromise in his selection of fresh ingredients. “In my eyes, I, myself decide the fish brought in everyday,” says Nobu-san. RAKU’s all-around Japanese menu including: sushi, sashimi and a variety of entrées, along with its comfortable sushi bar, are enough to get you through the door. Nobu-san’s recommendation for appetizer is the Spicy Tuna Popper ($10), a bite-size fried rice ball covered with minced, fresh tuna accented with chilli pepper. It’s a perfect match with RAKU’s carefully selected junmai sake. For those who need a bit of indulgence, treat yourself to RAKU’s gorgeous Millionaire Roll ($15). RAKU’s versatile menu also offers authentic ramen ($10.50-$13) made with rich chicken broth and homemade roasted pork. The good news is RAKU’s reasonable price range. Where else can you enjoy an exquisite Filet Mignon with Wasabi Garlic Sauce for a mere $21? It’s a perfect place for dinner with friends.

Millionaire Roll and Spicy Tuna Popper


Millionaire Roll is RAKU’s best selling item.  Inside this beautiful work of art are spicy white tuna and jalapeno pepper topped with a trio of different fish like tuna, salmon and yellowtail. Nobu-san’s original miso sauce gives it a sweet touch. Spicy Tuna Popper is a cute starter for your Japanese night.

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3 Best Sellers

Millionare Roll $15
Okonomi: $6.37 or $9.55 for a Combo
Croquette: $5.96 or $9.14 for a Combo

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