Raku

★★★★☆
  • 57 W 76th St

    New York, NY 10023

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  • 212-873-1220

About Raku

Hours
Monday 12:00 PM - 11:15 PM Tuesday 12:00 PM - 11:15 PM Wednesday 12:00 PM - 11:15 PM Thursday 12:00 PM - 11:15 PM Friday 12:00 PM - 11:15 PM Saturday 12:00 PM - 11:15 PM Sunday 2:30 PM - 10:15 PM

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The tempura and sushi for two were very tasty. The ice cream tempura though was a little bland. Service was good and it wasn't very crowded, so you were able to hear conversations.

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★★★★☆

The tempura and sushi for two were very tasty. The ice cream tempura though was a little bland. Service was good and it wasn't very crowded, so you were able to hear conversations.

Pros: Good amount for money

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When I first moved to my neighborhood I could only find overpriced, inauthentic sushi restaurants. But then I found Raku. They are so friendly there and I've never had a meal there that didn't wow me. Plus they give their frequent customers appreciation cards that allow you to rack up points for free sushi!

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★★★★☆

When I first moved to my neighborhood I could only find overpriced, inauthentic sushi restaurants. But then I found Raku. They are so friendly there and I've never had a meal there that didn't wow me. Plus they give their frequent customers appreciation cards that allow you to rack up points for free sushi!

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The food was decent, the environment friendly and the waitress cordial. After dinner she brought the check over and started commanding me to leave a tip on the entire amount of the bill. She was the oldest and shortest waitress on duty that night Sunday Jan. 11, 2009. I have never had anything like this happen before. I was going to leave (we figured it out later) between 19 and 20%. But after the confrontation, I picked up half of the tip and walked out the door. I just moved a block away and would have gone back a couple times a month out of convenience. However, now I would be embarrassed to return after what happened. It ruined my whole night and upset my date. Not what I was looking for. I only wish that the owner had been there to see exactly what happened.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was decent, the environment friendly and the waitress cordial. After dinner she brought the check over and started commanding me to leave a tip on the entire amount of the bill. She was the oldest and shortest waitress on duty that night Sunday Jan. 11, 2009. I have never had anything like this happen before. I was going to leave (we figured it out later) between 19 and 20%. But after the confrontation, I picked up half of the tip and walked out the door. I just moved a block away and would have gone back a couple times a month out of convenience. However, now I would be embarrassed to return after what happened. It ruined my whole night and upset my date. Not what I was looking for. I only wish that the owner had been there to see exactly what happened.

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We went here this past friday night and its the place to go if you like warm sushi!!!! Not good! They were very fast in serving us, soooo much that I did not understand how you could make the 'special' rolls of the day sooo quickly. The sushi was warm and not tasty at all. Needless to say I did not eat much, and my husband was not exactly well the next day. I would pass this one up.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went here this past friday night and its the place to go if you like warm sushi!!!! Not good! They were very fast in serving us, soooo much that I did not understand how you could make the 'special' rolls of the day sooo quickly. The sushi was warm and not tasty at all. Needless to say I did not eat much, and my husband was not exactly well the next day. I would pass this one up.

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EWWWE....there was a GIANT hairball in the seaweed salad. I've never been so disgusted. The entire experience was aweful. First we ordered through seamlessweb and since we never did it before we decided to call raku to make sure they received the order - they said they had and that it was on its way. Well after an hour waiting for our delivery, we called back to find out that in fact they did not receive the order. To make a long story short we finally get our food at 11pm, starved, we dive in to the unopened containers just to find a gigantic knot of hair lodged in the seaweed salad- I will confess this was after we already ate a few bites-when i called the manager, he was unphased. Seriously, don't DARE order from them.

0
★☆☆☆☆

EWWWE....there was a GIANT hairball in the seaweed salad. I've never been so disgusted. The entire experience was aweful. First we ordered through seamlessweb and since we never did it before we decided to call raku to make sure they received the order - they said they had and that it was on its way. Well after an hour waiting for our delivery, we called back to find out that in fact they did not receive the order. To make a long story short we finally get our food at 11pm, starved, we dive in to the unopened containers just to find a gigantic knot of hair lodged in the seaweed salad- I will confess this was after we already ate a few bites-when i called the manager, he was unphased. Seriously, don't DARE order from them.

Pros: going to bed hungry...definitly lost some weight

Cons: nausea

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I ordered from here for delivery and they came within 30 minutes. The food was excellent, the salmon sushi & the spicy tuna rolls were great. Excellent quality, not too fishy or gooey at all. We enjoyed the meal and would definitely order from here again. Aside from the free can of soda they were supposed to provide, no problems with my order at all.

2
★★★★☆

I ordered from here for delivery and they came within 30 minutes. The food was excellent, the salmon sushi & the spicy tuna rolls were great. Excellent quality, not too fishy or gooey at all. We enjoyed the meal and would definitely order from here again. Aside from the free can of soda they were supposed to provide, no problems with my order at all.

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I ordered 2 rolls to be delivered and when they arrived and as I began to eat I noticed they tasted quite fishy and smelled funny. I thought it might have just been that piece so I had one from the opposite end, and to my shock a staple punctured my gum! Ewwwww! When I called to let them know, the manager was very unapologetic, and would only offer me a refund if I brought him the sushi and showed him the staple! Give me a break! Go to Roponngi! They have the best sushi and it's very fresh!!!!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I ordered 2 rolls to be delivered and when they arrived and as I began to eat I noticed they tasted quite fishy and smelled funny. I thought it might have just been that piece so I had one from the opposite end, and to my shock a staple punctured my gum! Ewwwww! When I called to let them know, the manager was very unapologetic, and would only offer me a refund if I brought him the sushi and showed him the staple! Give me a break! Go to Roponngi! They have the best sushi and it's very fresh!!!!!!!

Pros: a great story to tell friend, well sort of...

Cons: Sharp objects in your sushi

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Affordable edible tolerable yes. I was at a client meeting & recommended Raku II as I am a regular at the original Raku times square, thinking their standard of quality would be the same. Not exactly the same selection but unique in their own right. The lobster & steak combo was very good, but their sushi & rolls were just ok. The unagi pcs came out a bit soggy, the salmon & y/tail sushi a little gamey for my taste. The california uni was way too strong (I suspect not fresh). The emily roll was fairly good but not too thrilled with their other special rolls. Tempura arrived soggy & cold. Overall, a decent spot but does not compare w/ Raku midtown. My last negative comment is the delivery time was terrible - ordered at noon for my 12:30 lunch meeting they told me 30min. - it didn't arrive till 1:20pm. Calling them to complain they offered no apology except that the delivery fellow got lost (who doesn't speak english very well), needless to say a $12 tip turned into $2 - as I was embarrassed by the lateness & the avg. quality. Lesson learned.

1
★★☆☆☆

Affordable edible tolerable yes. I was at a client meeting & recommended Raku II as I am a regular at the original Raku times square, thinking their standard of quality would be the same. Not exactly the same selection but unique in their own right. The lobster & steak combo was very good, but their sushi & rolls were just ok. The unagi pcs came out a bit soggy, the salmon & y/tail sushi a little gamey for my taste. The california uni was way too strong (I suspect not fresh). The emily roll was fairly good but not too thrilled with their other special rolls. Tempura arrived soggy & cold. Overall, a decent spot but does not compare w/ Raku midtown. My last negative comment is the delivery time was terrible - ordered at noon for my 12:30 lunch meeting they told me 30min. - it didn't arrive till 1:20pm. Calling them to complain they offered no apology except that the delivery fellow got lost (who doesn't speak english very well), needless to say a $12 tip turned into $2 - as I was embarrassed by the lateness & the avg. quality. Lesson learned.

Pros: nice logo, affordable

Cons: verylate delivery svc, not same quality as Raku midtown, unsypathetic staff for lateness

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I've never been to a Japanese restaurant before, and this place is a favorite of my friend. Walked up to it, and from my first impression I never would have believed I would receive such a great meal. I'm unfamiliar with seafood, sushi, etc. But everything I ordered tasted wonderful. The staff was very courteous and helpful, the dining experience was nice and cozy. I didn't feel afraid to ask questions. I will definitely go back! Everyone is hospitable, you wouldn't think you were in the middle of New York City. Good luck trying to park a car though if you had to.

2
★★★★★

I've never been to a Japanese restaurant before, and this place is a favorite of my friend. Walked up to it, and from my first impression I never would have believed I would receive such a great meal. I'm unfamiliar with seafood, sushi, etc. But everything I ordered tasted wonderful. The staff was very courteous and helpful, the dining experience was nice and cozy. I didn't feel afraid to ask questions. I will definitely go back! Everyone is hospitable, you wouldn't think you were in the middle of New York City. Good luck trying to park a car though if you had to.

Pros: affordability, helpful, delicious!

Cons: parking

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I'm a huge sushi and sashimi connoisseur, and have eaten and loved the fish at Nobu's, Jewel Bako, Jewel Bako Makimono, Blue Ribbon, Yama's, Haru's, etc., etc., etc., but this place edges out the pricier and trendier places because it focuses on the fish. The atmosphere is lacking, the music stinks, and the neighborhood is sedate, but the fish is the freshest that you will find east of the west coast, hawaii and asia. The only place that compared in terms of value and consistency was Iso's which unfortunatley closed.

2
★★★★★

I'm a huge sushi and sashimi connoisseur, and have eaten and loved the fish at Nobu's, Jewel Bako, Jewel Bako Makimono, Blue Ribbon, Yama's, Haru's, etc., etc., etc., but this place edges out the pricier and trendier places because it focuses on the fish. The atmosphere is lacking, the music stinks, and the neighborhood is sedate, but the fish is the freshest that you will find east of the west coast, hawaii and asia. The only place that compared in terms of value and consistency was Iso's which unfortunatley closed.

Pros: Fresh sasmimi/sushi, Quick seating, Friendly service

Cons: Music, Ambience

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Always fresh, always mouth-wateringly delicious -- I cannot say enough good things about the food. My absolutely favorite sushi restaurant for miles around. If I had one suggestion it's that they could choose music which goes better with the food and the ambience. So, I often get delivery... which is always prompt and courteous.

2
★★★★★

Always fresh, always mouth-wateringly delicious -- I cannot say enough good things about the food. My absolutely favorite sushi restaurant for miles around. If I had one suggestion it's that they could choose music which goes better with the food and the ambience. So, I often get delivery... which is always prompt and courteous.

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This is a favorite of many local residents. I just happen to be in the neighorhood w/ friends who love it here (espec. their private tatami room which is now gone & reasonable prices). Chefs are friendly - food selection & quality is just ok. Was told they had the same suppliers - but if I had my druthers I would go out of my way back to the original Raku on 47th st. as their owner & staff are quite friendly & service oriented (except during their lunch & pre-theater rush hours), & their quality/variety & cozy at home like friends ambiance is far better of the Raku's. For a small spot, svc could have been more attentive. The Emily roll was ok but the best deal is their surf & turf. SUM IT: try it once but do try Raku times sq. by far better in all aspects.

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★★☆☆☆

This is a favorite of many local residents. I just happen to be in the neighorhood w/ friends who love it here (espec. their private tatami room which is now gone & reasonable prices). Chefs are friendly - food selection & quality is just ok. Was told they had the same suppliers - but if I had my druthers I would go out of my way back to the original Raku on 47th st. as their owner & staff are quite friendly & service oriented (except during their lunch & pre-theater rush hours), & their quality/variety & cozy at home like friends ambiance is far better of the Raku's. For a small spot, svc could have been more attentive. The Emily roll was ok but the best deal is their surf & turf. SUM IT: try it once but do try Raku times sq. by far better in all aspects.

Pros: location, chef friendly, prices

Cons: parking, svc not attentive, party room gone

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9.0? This place barely deserves a 5.0!! The fish is decent, nothing spectacular, ambiance is your typical japanese decor, I was so disappointed at this place. Please bypass this place for some restaurant worth your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

9.0? This place barely deserves a 5.0!! The fish is decent, nothing spectacular, ambiance is your typical japanese decor, I was so disappointed at this place. Please bypass this place for some restaurant worth your time.

Cons: everything

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We went to this restaurant after the theatre. The wait staff was wonderfully helpful to one of our party who was unfamiliar with sushi and Japanese food.

The food was GREAT! Sushi was fresh, ample portions and very flavorful.

The owner, Ray, was most hospitable. The the fruiters and the milky ?. Quite good and great following a great meal.

Ray---when in Tucson, stop by!

The Chief.

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★★★★★

We went to this restaurant after the theatre. The wait staff was wonderfully helpful to one of our party who was unfamiliar with sushi and Japanese food.

The food was GREAT! Sushi was fresh, ample portions and very flavorful.

The owner, Ray, was most hospitable. The the fruiters and the milky ?. Quite good and great following a great meal.

Ray---when in Tucson, stop by!

The Chief.

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A little trip to Japan...simple decor with wooden ornaments, fresh fresh sushi with subtly different flavors in every roll and piece, presented with attention to detail and design reflecting the tradition of Japan. We have been to sushi throughout the city and upper west side, and this was truely one of the most fresh and delicious. You walk into what looks like a regular neighborhood sushi place and walk out with a lot of respect. It was quiet and easy, good for during the week or the weekend.

2
★★★★★

A little trip to Japan...simple decor with wooden ornaments, fresh fresh sushi with subtly different flavors in every roll and piece, presented with attention to detail and design reflecting the tradition of Japan. We have been to sushi throughout the city and upper west side, and this was truely one of the most fresh and delicious. You walk into what looks like a regular neighborhood sushi place and walk out with a lot of respect. It was quiet and easy, good for during the week or the weekend.

Pros: FRESH, Affordable, Relaxing

Cons: Simple Decor?

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Comfortable environment, friendly service, good sushi and food with good price.

2
★★★★★

Comfortable environment, friendly service, good sushi and food with good price.

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Fancy names for the sushi rolls do not make up for
the average quality of food served there. There is
nothing special about this place and I certainly won't rate it as one of the best in the city.

This place is ok if you live in the area and just
want to have some raw fish.

1
★★★☆☆

Fancy names for the sushi rolls do not make up for
the average quality of food served there. There is
nothing special about this place and I certainly won't rate it as one of the best in the city.

This place is ok if you live in the area and just
want to have some raw fish.

Pros: Service, Convenience

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Seriously, this is one of the very best in New York. The sushi is among the freshest I've had recently. The chef's rolls are incredibly inventive and taste like no sushi you've ever had (try the Emily Roll). And the value cannot be beat -- two huge pieces of shashimi for less than most lesser restaurants. Outstanding!

2
★★★★★

Seriously, this is one of the very best in New York. The sushi is among the freshest I've had recently. The chef's rolls are incredibly inventive and taste like no sushi you've ever had (try the Emily Roll). And the value cannot be beat -- two huge pieces of shashimi for less than most lesser restaurants. Outstanding!

Pros: Fresh, Creative, Value

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A true gem for upper west side sushi lovers. Melt in your mouth pieces of fish as well as a unique selection of specialty rolls to quench your appetite. The quality of food produced from this small newcomer certainly ranks among the best New York sushi, including places at which I have eaten recently such as Bond Street, Hasaki and Tomoe. Furthermore, the people who run this place are a delight. Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

A true gem for upper west side sushi lovers. Melt in your mouth pieces of fish as well as a unique selection of specialty rolls to quench your appetite. The quality of food produced from this small newcomer certainly ranks among the best New York sushi, including places at which I have eaten recently such as Bond Street, Hasaki and Tomoe. Furthermore, the people who run this place are a delight. Highly recommended!

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sushi was great (very fresh and flavorful), service wonderful (friendly, attentive but not annoying)... I'll def. go here again. If you like unagi- don't pass on the kani roll. yummy!

2
★★★★★

sushi was great (very fresh and flavorful), service wonderful (friendly, attentive but not annoying)... I'll def. go here again. If you like unagi- don't pass on the kani roll. yummy!

Pros: fresh food, lots of food options, service

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I recommend thier Fillet Mignon Teriyaki. It is so delicious and also Sushi is always fresh!!
Sushi chef & Service persons are always freindly and nice.
Try Fillet Mignon Teriyaki, Sauce is so wonderful and Try Crazy Dragon Roll. You'll be surprised.

2
★★★★★

I recommend thier Fillet Mignon Teriyaki. It is so delicious and also Sushi is always fresh!!
Sushi chef & Service persons are always freindly and nice.
Try Fillet Mignon Teriyaki, Sauce is so wonderful and Try Crazy Dragon Roll. You'll be surprised.

Pros: Delicious food, Excellent service, Always friendly

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Delicious food yet at affordable price. I personally recommend those who like Japanese cuisine. Because its kindly sushi chief and his co-worker, it makes me want to have my dinner there all the time.HIGHLY recommended !!!

2
★★★★★

Delicious food yet at affordable price. I personally recommend those who like Japanese cuisine. Because its kindly sushi chief and his co-worker, it makes me want to have my dinner there all the time.HIGHLY recommended !!!

Pros: Delicious food, Affordable price, excellent service

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We came over from Wales to New York and fancing some sushi cam across Raku. The food was great and more than ample in portion and the service helpful, informative and friendly. I would highly recommend anyone to seek out this restaurant...

2
★★★★★

We came over from Wales to New York and fancing some sushi cam across Raku. The food was great and more than ample in portion and the service helpful, informative and friendly. I would highly recommend anyone to seek out this restaurant...

Pros: great sushi, great atmosphere

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Being a regular at Raku I on 47th & bwy, Ray told me about his sister spot near where I live. Nice little place thought the decor is not as authentic looking. Sve needs some improving - they made a few mistakes on our bill also. The food/sushi tho is excellent. Who would of thought of surf & turf?? Lobster & filet mignon was a great choice as well as Chilean sea bass! But the sushi is just as good as Raku I but more generous (I guess the rent is cheaper up here). So lunch at Raku I and dinners at Raku II. Helps me & my wife on days we don't cook!!

2
★★★★★

Being a regular at Raku I on 47th & bwy, Ray told me about his sister spot near where I live. Nice little place thought the decor is not as authentic looking. Sve needs some improving - they made a few mistakes on our bill also. The food/sushi tho is excellent. Who would of thought of surf & turf?? Lobster & filet mignon was a great choice as well as Chilean sea bass! But the sushi is just as good as Raku I but more generous (I guess the rent is cheaper up here). So lunch at Raku I and dinners at Raku II. Helps me & my wife on days we don't cook!!

Pros: sushi, surf & turf, cozy

Cons: , svc. could be better

 

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