90 E. 10th St., (bet. 3rd & 4th Aves.), New York, NY 10003
TEL: 917-388-3546 | www.ikinaristeakusa.com
Mon-Sun: 11 am-11 pm
Best-selling, Ribeye costs 9 cents per gram. Being translated: $45 per 500 grams (17.6 ounce) is a steal.
Fast casual fine dining might sound oxymoronic, but it completely makes sense in the hugely popular Japanese steak house, Ikinari Steak. It has already created a fandom since it opened its first U.S. outpost in the East Village early March. There is neither grand table nor cushy chair in the restaurant, but it has all the elements that excite steak connoisseurs, meat lovers and experience-driven millennials. First, you order steak by the weight. Second, each slice of meat is freshly cut in front of you and grilled to your liking. And finally, you dig in to the sizzling steak at a standing counter bar. Four meat options are on the menu, Ribeye, Sirloin, Filet and Assorted, and all are wet aged to perfection. “Unlike dry aged beef, the wet aging process allows meat to retain its tenderness,” says Chef Masataka Oda. Although you can choose your favorite size of the meat, a minimum order limit applies. “Steak needs a certain thickness to enjoy best,” he continues. Ikinari’s fun aspect does not end there: you are the person to complete the steak, so it is served without sauce. You can add sauces and seasonings, available on the counter, to your taste. Ikinari’s original soy-based sauce is so addictive that you can even buy the bottle on your way home if you want.
You can choose the degree of grilling from rare, medium rare, medium and well-done, but the restaurant highly recommends rare to enjoy their masterfully wet-aged beef.
You can freely use sauces and seasonings on the counter and complete your steak by yourself.
Standing bar is Ikinari Steak’s signature. If you need a chair, there is also a seating area in the back.
3 Best Sellers
Ribeye 9 cents per gram
Filet 11 cents per gram
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