Izakaya MEW

Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar$$$$
Koreatown, New York
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  • olivier P.
    olivier PEYRESeptember 11, 2014
    Cute oasis in a midtown basement. Industrial/raw look. The lunch options are all around $10 and are delicious (salmon teriyaki, katzu curry). $20 happy hour sushi set.
    Upvoted Aug 11
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangMarch 27, 2016
    Lunch is a good deal, $10 for a dish, rice, pickles and soup! The Saba Shioyaki is my go to. If you want a bowl, get the eel bowl. The natto here is solid if you're into that.
  • Risa
    RisaJune 10, 2014
    Takoyaki (deep fried octopus balls) are somehow simultaneously tender, smooth, AND crunchy. Creamy kimchi noodles are an off-menu must have--they were gone before I could get a pic! Cute space too!!
  • Justin C.
    Justin ChoyNovember 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of my favorite spots in nyc for a quick bite to eat and amazing happy hour deals. Get there by 5:30 cause when they open at 6 it's full!
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrApril 24, 2015
    It's in the BASEMENT, entrance to your left if facing Han Bat, which shares the same address. Crowded. Long waits. Quaint. Excellent, prompt service. Big menu. Nice selection of beers, sake, cocktails
  • win
    winDecember 9, 2014
    Delicious soba noodles wrapped in egg, and the natto kimchi were fantastic. The tuna in ponzu sauce was fresh, but the portion was a little small. The chicken donburi bowl was lacking in flavor.
  • Kay P.
    Kay PuthaaroonFebruary 27, 2014
    Omu soba, steak/asparagus, tofu avocado salad, crabcake, takoyaki, mentai spaghetti, garlic rice, mackerel. All delish, but my favs were 1st 4. HH 5:30-7p M-Sat $3 beer/$4 wine/$5-7 mixed drinks
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BJuly 29
    Can't go just once, need to try everything! Sushi was great, all the small plates were so delicious and the ice cream churros was amazing!
    Upvoted Jul 29
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CSeptember 25, 2016
    The atmosphere is lovely and I was surprisingly comfortable even though the place was packed. Our wait time was short and service was phenomenal. There just aren't a lot of vegetarian options.
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichAugust 21, 2014
    No sushi during lunch till next month 😔 and make sure you bring cash because it's cash only during lunch! Love the atmosphere, such a cute little Japanese place! The servers are cute and nice!
  • Michel Karl G.
    Michel Karl GhoussoubAugust 22, 2014
    Great place, great music, good service and excellent food. Notable value too!! Be sure to pass between 6-7pm for the happy hour sushi set.
  • Hannah H.
    Hannah HanNovember 8, 2014
    A cozy new izakaya in midtown. Decent Japanese tapas dishes- had tako kara, tako yaki, beef ramen, odeng soup. Food is not exceptionally amazing, but good place for bites over drinks w good company!
  • John O.
    John OutwaterFebruary 1, 2015
    This place is very authentic and modern. Really nice atmosphere complemented by friendly Japanese staff. Everything is great here. Get the salmon avo roll!
  • Duygu B.
    Duygu BasaranOctober 29, 2014
    Katsu Don with chicken was super tasty. I devoured it fast. Cool atmosphere. You would not know it existed unless someone takes you. Also reasonable prices. Glad my friend brought me here.
  • Parinitha M.
    Parinitha MarnekarJune 9, 2016
    Loved Loved Loved the food here. The best Deep Fried Octopus and Ramen. Its a bit noisy since the tables are a bit too close together. But the food makes up for the noise.
  • Norman E.
    Norman EllisSeptember 13, 2014
    Fun space. It's a loud room so don't come here for an intimate meal. Come here to eat and hang! 2 bottles of Sake and food for 3 hungry folk cost us 125.00 with tip. Money well spent!
  • Ranu R.
    Ranu RajkarnikarApril 9, 2015
    Yummy! Head to the basement and order takoyaki, sushi, age tofu, and mochi for dessert. Reasonably priced drinks and happy hour 530-7 and after 11 PM!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LuSeptember 3, 2013
    Freakin amazing katsudon, best I ever had. Unlike any other typical Japanese restaurant. I swear they put something in the rice! And super affordable too with a cool vibe.
  • Jurgen C.
    Jurgen CastroFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They don't take reservations after 6:30pm, but if you don't want to have an early dinner it's definitely worth the wait. Trust me, I've waited 90 minutes before. No regrets.
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KNovember 15, 2015
    Amazing food, good value. Definitely come with a group for 3+ to try out a bunch of different dishes family style
  • Earl B.
    Earl Belcher JrApril 24, 2015
    Worth the wait. Decent prices. Quality food. Beautiful people. Exceptional food. My order in photo; each item simply excellent.
  • Justin
    JustinOctober 8, 2015
    Buzzy & friendly, you'll probably have to wait but the food is well worth it - delicious! Raspberry Dream cocktail is fabulous
  • Sam H.
    Sam HOctober 22, 2015
    Start the night off with a Sapporo during happy hour (ends at 7) and then black sesame chicken, okonomi yaki, kakuni (simmered pork belly), and shoyu ramen.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 31, 2015
    Adorable underground Japanese spot with a wide selection of options (sushi, ramen, teriyaki, etc.) and FAST service. Apparently it's a jazz club too?? Ssshh don't spoil the secret.
  • Zara F.
    Zara FarrarNovember 2, 2014
    Really nice Japanese restaurant, easy to miss as it's just a door on the street, you have to go down a flight of stairs to get to the restaurant itself.
  • Sally J.
    Sally JenkinsonDecember 13, 2015
    Noisy, popular little basement restaurant with a great atmosphere very reminiscent of Japan. Large, affordable menu, and great drinks choices including frozen Kirin.
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce ChongJanuary 12, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    Awesome lunch spot. Tuna Tartare Don is the way to go. Served with a generous portion of avocado and spicy mayo. Lunch is cash only tho!
  • Evren E.
    Evren EmektarMay 2, 2016
    Best sushi I had so far. It is easy to miss the entrance. But really worth looking for it.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Cecilia T.
    Cecilia TowJuly 15, 2015
    I like this place for the sheer variety of food. My bf wanted sushi and i wanted marinated meats. He's a sushi snob and said the sushi was pretty decent.
  • Ernesto S.
    Ernesto Schmidt-MummJanuary 15, 2015
    Great Japanese food in the 35th with style and a menue with many delicious things to choose from.
  • Hila R.
    Hila RazJanuary 7, 2014
    Fantastic tapas style dishes with great portions and everything is delicious. Order the pancake and the fried tofu is out of this world!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CSeptember 25, 2016
    The (pleasantly sweet) white peach makgoli and the (very light) frozen beer are fantastic drink options!
  • Julie J.
    Julie JulesJanuary 24, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    EVERYthing is delicious here! my faves include the squid uni, tender fried chicken bits and uni pasta.😁 Endless selection of delicious tapas!
  • karen f.
    karen fahey rossNovember 8, 2013
    Udon noodles are yummy. Yellowtail and scallion rolls were terrific. MEW special roll good too. Octopus rolls were good if you want something filling and fried. Not my thing though.
  • Lia D.
    Lia DoronAugust 22, 2014
    The place has lot of energy, packed with people, we had to wait 20 min For a table.Service was great, very fast. The place is a bit noisy but it's from people who you can see are enjoying their food.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 2, 2015
    Yum, frozen beer. The karaage is solid, as well as the sashimi. Good selection of shochu too
  • Nir B.
    Amazing Japanese style restaurant,great atmosphere,good food with good selection of sake. The prices are not bad for serving size. Beautiful place.
  • Kornelija M.
    Kornelija MaceviciuteSeptember 29, 2015
    Amazing and true japanese cousine! Lovely and helpful waiters, simple and trendy atmosphere. There is a wait, but the food comes fast!
  • Chris G.
    Chris Gampat3 weeks ago
    Their gyoza and fried chicken are some of the best things. But also try the sashimi salad. It's odd because they still cook the fish a bit.
  • Jade M.
    Jade MangahisFebruary 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite Japanese place in the city. Great menu and awesome staff. Try the kimchi cream noodles, you won't be disappointed!
  • Jessica M.
    Jessica M.January 14
    Hidden gem in a part of town worth hiding from. Excellent lunch specials - sushi, ramen, udon, teriyaki bowls. Can't go wrong.
  • Sonal A.
    The friend chicken mew is delicious! Also loved the udon mentai special. Chill place for a late snack on Fri night
  • Ashley M.
    The sushi is delicious! And yummy fried squid legs were just wonderful with lemon. 😍
  • Adela M.
    Adela MouDecember 19, 2014
    Good value at lunch time, but come before 1230 to beat the rush. Cash only for lunch!
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WilliamsNovember 7, 2013
    $12 sashimi platter with 5 different types of sashimi and 2 pieces of each type! Also, the nabeyaki udon was perfect.
  • Gustavo R.
    Gustavo ReisMarch 6, 2015
    It's like walking downstairs to a wine cellar and then suddenly realizing you're in Tokyo. Tuna Tataki was delicious, too bad there were only 5 slices!
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezSeptember 20, 2015
    A jack of many trades, a master of none. Great ambience but the food is not on par. Open late, makes it a great choice in case everything else is closed.
  • Thomas M.
    Thomas MoJune 17, 2015
    Menu is extensive and filled with pictures. Recommend any of the marinated raw fish and the omelette covered pork soba noddles.
  • Caroline
    CarolineJanuary 22, 2016
    Loved the chill/chic atmosphere and their seared tuna. But be prepared to wait if you come in late, it's always poppin!
  • Moises E.
    Moises EskinaziAugust 26, 2015
    Great atmosphere, delicious sushi and udon. There's not a lot of choice fish, but what they do have is good quality
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