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Yakiniku Gen, New York, NY

Yakiniku Gen

4.8
4.8
41 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
Gen is a master in the area of business. We established "Gen" to spread and offer real Japanese BBQ.

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2 people

21:00


Booked 12 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Japanese (Yakiniku)
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 16:30–23:00
  • Phone number
    (212) 602-1129
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Area
    Midtown East
  • Cross Street
    Between 2nd and 3rd ave.
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    E, M train at Lexington 53st. station
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wine

What 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York City

    Japanese

  • Manhattan

    Japanese

41 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Polite staff, great food. Authentic. Enjoyed every moment there

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  2. GuidoM

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quando vedi l’entrata credi di essrti sbagliato poi entri e il locale non e’ il massimo .Quando provi il cibo e il modo di mangiarlo allora cambi idea .Per me piu’ che positivo.Ci ritornerò.

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  3. ChunpoY

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice ambience, delicious food, and excellent customer service. Will come again next time!

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  4. Jessica

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was so good! The meat was very fresh, and the service was very quick and attentive. Don’t judge a book by its cover - it’s a hole in the wall vibe the food was delicious and will definitely return. Got the $60/pp basic course, but you can also do a la carte

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  5. Tyler

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Raise the employee's salary! Then surely she won't have to go out of her way to ask the customer why the tip is lower than 18%. Or how about including it in the bill like other restaurants? I enjoyed my meal as a luxurious, spendable birthday dinner, but I was amused to hear such a thing at the end. I will look for another favorite place.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2ヶ月前に日本で食べた焼肉よりも美味しかった。日本語のメニューと日本語を話すスタッフと日本式の焼肉で、日本にいるような気分になりました。お肉も美しく、キムチも美味しく、サラダも新鮮で白米も美味しく頂きました。

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  7. Neko

    London

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is great! The ambiance is that of a traditional BBQ restaurant

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Hong Kong

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It tastes good. You can enjoy japanese yakiniku. The last spicy ramen was also really good.

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  9. arieb

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome food great selection cool little place. don’t judge a book by its cover. 

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    ニューヨークで日本の焼き肉が食べれる、貴重なお店です。もっと多くの人に食べていただきたいです。カルビ最高です。

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    日本の焼き肉屋さんに負けず劣らず美味しいです。ユッケが楽しめるのも魅力です。サービスも丁寧で日本語もオッケー。

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  12. SexyLittleMinx

    New York City

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best quality Japanese BBQ! Very nice quality of meat. I will come back again!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 April 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, the meat is very good and the service very efficient, we’ll come back!!

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  14. buchan

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    fantastic affordable cuts of meat, solid marinades

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  15. CraigG

    New York City

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 14 December 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious and authentic. Not for the herbivorous, but the offerings are very tasty.

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  16. DivaGShonnie703

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The meat is fresh. The scallops were sweet. The food is very consistent. This restaurant is on our favorites list.

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  17. Sok50

    New York City

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 October 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Reimen cold noodle and almond pudding were out. Other than those it was satisfactory

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  18. AllisonG

    Raleigh

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 30 September 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time enjoying dinner here and it was fabulous. The food was amazing. You must have the cabbage salad and the premium meats. The beef tongue is also fabulous.Our service was delightful and engaging. Will definitely come back and invite Family to join me

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  19. Atsuko

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 10 August 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    上カルビ、上ハラミ共にひどいコンディションでした。途中で帰りました。

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  20. VWNYC

    New York City

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food and services are both excellent, but noise level is high. Overall the furnishings are old and dated so it need some clean up and upgrading.

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  21. DivaGShonnie703

    New York City

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a good time. The food is delicious. Service is great. We have dined here a few times and everything is consistent. It’s one of our favorite places!!!

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  22. RRRRR

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice Japanese yakiniku restaurant! Wanna visit again.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 July 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Great service! The best Japanese BBQ place in the city!

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  24. Aeluro

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! Lot's of fun :) I recommend the saikyou lemon sour!

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  25. HaruZ

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Really amazing Yakiniku and great quality of meats and sauces. Unfortunately, the restaurant was playing a rap station which didn't seem appropriate for the setting, in addition to the songs having advertisements in between them.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing time and delicious food and drinks!!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A bit noisy but lively place. It was a bit hard to catch waiters’ attention at dinner time, but they are polite and friendly. The yakiniku is very authentic and delicious.

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  28. Hamadak

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    お肉が美味しいです。

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  29. CraigG

    New York City

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    An authentic neighborhood gem which serves as an oasis for Japanese bbq. Could use some apps but if you want delicious meat bbq, this is your place.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. Call4cs

    New York City

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    First time tasting this type of Japanese Korean food but ordered way too much. Good food and service.

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  31. WonderOyaji

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at Gen was just like having a yakiniku dinner in Japan. Tender short rib “karubi” was extremely delicious.

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  32. WonderOyaji

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    日本の美味しい焼き肉を堪能出来ます。

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ALWAYS LOVE GEN

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  34. Bryant

    Cleveland

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 November 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The premium quality of the meat makes this restaurant the underrated and hidden gem in Manhattan. The service is very nice and thoughtful as well. What makes it perfect is the low corkage fee for BYOB. Definitely revisiting next time!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best place I've ever discovered. The food is divine the waiters are spectacular.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Yakiniku here is always fantastic. Service is very Japanese style. Booth are perfect for family.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Allen

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great selection of food and proper distance between tables

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  38. HiroshiT

    New York City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gen's food quality is improving and meat quality is great!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    this hole in the wall place was exactly what i expected. middle of the road experience at best - at all levels. stick to gyu kaku

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very happy with the meal. The meat grade is very good!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Yakiniku Gen using the Order Online button. Yakiniku Gen also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Yakiniku Gen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 602-1129.

Yakiniku Gen is rated 4.8 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

21:00


Booked 12 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Yakiniku Gen

250 E 52nd St, New York, NY 10022-6201

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Between 2nd and 3rd ave.
  • Area
    Midtown East
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 16:30–23:00
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Barbecue, Japanese (Yakiniku)
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    Street Parking
  • Public Transit
    E, M train at Lexington 53st. station
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wine
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