Juban

Juban

Japanese Restaurant, Sushi Restaurant, and Sake Bar$$$$
Chelsea, New York
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  • Clara B.
    "... good, as well as the buta kimchi 馃槉"(6 Tips)
    Eric V.
    "Great Sochu & sake selection, and knowledgable wait staff."(3 Tips)
    Ann K.
    "Tako wasa!"(3 Tips)
    Robyn L.
    "crunchy scallop roll and save room"(2 Tips)
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  • Paul J.
    Paul JFebruary 24
    Been here 10+ times
    I like the warm saut茅ed spinach and garlic; the pork Gyoza; and fried rice with pork. Sit at the bar and wash it down with a cold draft beer from Japan
  • Hany L.
    Hany LiOctober 17, 2016
    Skewers and rice balls
  • Joe B.
    Joe BramhallSeptember 6, 2016
    Yaki soba, gyoza and sausage w/ ponzu mustard were all delish!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 30, 2016
    Great little izakaya. Get the cod in banana leaf. Can't go wrong with the nigiri also.
  • Nima H.
    Nima HalfmoonMay 22, 2016
    They have popular Japanese whiskies. Selection is limited.
  • Nima H.
    Nima HalfmoonMay 22, 2016
    Buta kimchi is very well done. Recommend getting rice or noodles (or some rolls) if you want to fill up a bit :)
  • seth m.
    seth meyerowitzMay 2, 2016
    !!! BEWARE OF THE HOT SAKE!!!! Ordered a few hot sakes w a friend tonight. Bill came and EACH HOT SAKE WAS 35$$$. I've never, in my entire sushi / saki life, seen anything like this before. Beware!!!
  • Knut-J酶rgen R.
    Knut-J酶rgen RishaugApril 18, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The sushi is great, but the seating policy is horrible
  • emily c.
    emily chenMarch 1, 2016
    The sushi is okay here but they have an amazing sesame agadashi tofu, hibiki whiskey, kirin on tap & an amazing lychee cocktail. it's farm to tableesque japanese, making their own tofu/sauces in house
  • Angela C.
    Angela ChungFebruary 13, 2016
    Ginger martini 馃嵏!!!
  • Sissi N.
    Sissi NieJanuary 30, 2016
    Most incredible tuna tar tar
  • Chrissy K.
    Chrissy KDecember 31, 2015
    Everything here is pretty good. Had almost everything on the menu in one visit and loved every single dish
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MackoulNovember 19, 2015
    Amazing Milk Free Dessert!
  • Timothy Y.
    Timothy YuanOctober 2, 2015
    Good food + sake. Also, this is one of the cutest restaurants ever.
  • Lindon C.
    Lindon ChenSeptember 29, 2015
    cute but expensive sake restaurant with cute bar food. the sake list is comprehensive and informative.
  • Sam Y.
    Sam YooAugust 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go with your special person and sit at the bar. Leave the rest to the bartender and their awesome food.
  • Jade
    JadeJune 14, 2015
    Small plates, uni, sushi!
  • Prerna B.
    Prerna BalaniApril 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    A little slice of heaven on earth. One of the most incredibly well curated sake and shochu menus - try Summer Snow. Their tofu is homemade try the agedashi tofu. Loved the seaweed salad and Momo!
  • Antonio A.
    Antonio AchOctober 15, 2014
    Close since October 11
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GilderSeptember 24, 2014
    The Tokyo Musk cocktail is great, as are the grilled onigiri!
  • Clara B.
    Clara BayarriSeptember 16, 2014
    Great Japanese place, the takoyaki was very good, as well as the buta kimchi 馃槉
  • Alan T.
    Alan TachikawaAugust 28, 2014
    Just FYI their menu is no where near comprehensive as the one online. The sake list was actually quite disappointing in terms of comparing what was online and what's actually here.
  • Jack M.
    Jack MooreAugust 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Kimchi pork belly skillet!!
  • Eric V.
    Eric VAugust 18, 2014
    Great Sochu & sake selection, and knowledgable wait staff. The Tako Wasa is delicious!
  • Zach H.
    Zach HarrisAugust 11, 2014
    Try the yellowtail collar and the black cod they're both unbelievable. And make sure to ask to sit in the back room!!
  • Shirin H.
    Shirin HMay 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Used to love this place but disappointed this time. Portions felt smaller and ingredients didn't seem as fresh. Still terrific sake selection and the buta kimchi (though smaller) was great as usual.
  • will p.
    will payMay 8, 2014
    The bar tender here is awesome. Leave Tom a nice tip! Well worth it.
  • Simon V.
    Simon Vozick-LevinsonApril 19, 2014
    Get the soft shell crab karaage if you see it on the menu
  • Max H.
    Max HowellMarch 15, 2014
    Try to squeeze yourself into a taller, narrower shape before you enter.
  • Kr谋st贸fer-脼贸r谋r D.
    Kr谋st贸fer-脼贸r谋r D.February 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Very quiet and intimate shochu & sak茅 bar near London Terrace Gardens. Mini Uni Ikura Don & Aji cucumber sashimi salad r my best 馃崳馃嵍.
  • Anna C.
    Anna CNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Buta Kimchi is NOT good! Avoid and get the real thing in ktown.
  • Anna C.
    Anna CNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Drinks are great, food is meh...try the izakaya royal cocktail, my new fave!
  • Susan D.
    Susan DanzigerSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Lichee martini - best in NYC!
  • Albert W.
    Albert WengerSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Have the Yaki Udon. Amazing!
  • Katy A.
    Katy AoyagiSeptember 21, 2013
    Big fan of the hamachi kama grilled yellowtail collar and the tako wasa (raw octopus marinated with wasabi). Impressive sake and sochu menu too!
  • John David B.
    John David BaezSeptember 7, 2013
    Pork kimchi is where it's at! Spicy and flavorful. Very friendly crew. Busy place, but pretty accommodating in trying to get you a seat. Obvi a great sake menu.
  • MGIULIA P.
    Amazing place- get lychee martini is the best !!
  • Trevor
    TrevorJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Exceptional blackened cod.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangJune 8, 2013
    Get some sake and have a blast! Try the chicken meatballs, fried chicken, soft shell crab (if available), and save some space for the delicious green tea mochis
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LinJune 5, 2013
    The fish was really good! Yaki shio Saba.
  • Albert W.
    Albert WengerMay 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Have the Mori Set. Also the Black Cod.
  • Rach ..
    Rach .BApril 25, 2013
    A small and Intimate sake house. Must order the eel dynamite and black cod. if you eat Uni get it in sushi, top it off with a quail egg it makes all the difference!!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 25, 2013
    An excellent Chelsea izakaya; grab beers before you dive into the menu's cooked dishes, like takoyaki or monkfish liver.
  • Persis E.
    Persis ElaviaFebruary 24, 2013
    Spicy shrimp with cod roe and spicy cucumber are awesome. They don't accept Amex which is a drawback.
  • Chantal S.
    Chantal Salomon-LeeFebruary 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Michio at the bar, half Brazilian half Japanese, is tops!
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WilloughbyJanuary 22, 2013
    The octopus is a great appetizer if you are a little adventurous. Wasabi is mild and tastes great. Ordered it the last 3 times here!
  • Marjorie C.
    Marjorie CJanuary 13, 2013
    Pricey hit or miss spot - was excited for the buta kimchee based on all the tips but was incredibly disappointed. Came burned as did 2 other dishes. Chilean sea bass was the only saving grace.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BanayanDecember 29, 2012
    AMAZINFG!!!
  • Youri L. C.
    Youri L. ChungOctober 5, 2012
    and so is grilled shrimp with spicy cod roe!
  • Youri L. C.
    Youri L. ChungOctober 5, 2012
    stir fry beef is really good.
  • BLOUIN ARTINFO
    BLOUIN ARTINFOOctober 2, 2012
    One of the few japanese options in the neighborhood, the restaurant鈥檚 close proximity to Chelsea galleries makes it a popular stop. Read more
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanSeptember 24, 2012
    Don't worry to be overwhelmed by the sake menu. Just ask ;)
  • Brian B.
    Brian Ben茅September 14, 2012
    Great specials but they don't accept American Express.
  • Marc B.
    Marc BuonAugust 28, 2012
    Good solid list of sake, Sapporo on tap cheap, hamachi Kama, sushi ten (slightly on small side), fried octopus dusted with green tea powder and scallop maki! Good stuff!
  • Jim C.
    Jim CoalwellJuly 29, 2012
    They don't take Amex, which is ok.. But I don't understand why there is an Amex special available to unlock at the restaurant. Dodgy.
  • Stephen L.
    Stephen LymanJune 15, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    One of the best shochu bars in NYC. Just started carrying Satoh & Tenshi No Yuwaku genshu. Bottle keep means you don't have to go by the glass.
  • Suzanne .
    Suzanne 馃崑June 5, 2012
    Perfect for casual late night outings.
  • Ann K.
    Ann KimMay 31, 2012
    Tako wasa!
  • Spencer H.
    Spencer HowardMay 17, 2012
    You HAVE to get the Chilean Sea Bass. Even if you're not in the mood!
  • Vanesa M.
    Vanesa MazzaMay 3, 2012
    Try the shark cartilage
  • Joel B.
    Joel BinnApril 15, 2012
    Make sure you get what you ordered - very disappointed that we ordered Krispy Flounder and 40 minutes later I asked where it was and they said it was just sold out - poor service
  • Krystina
    KrystinaFebruary 22, 2012
    It's all about the crunchy spicy scallop roll. Also, happy hour is until 7 and $2 off drafts, aka $3 Kirin Ichiban and $5 Sapporo
  • Richa G.
    Richa GuptaFebruary 20, 2012
    Ridiculously awful service. Our waiter messed up every order for our party of 6 and took forever to correct it.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HantzFebruary 12, 2012
    Definitely try the chicken meatballs.
  • Dave S.
    Dave SilverstoneJanuary 8, 2012
    A stellar newcomer with a stylish design, wonderful staff, an authentic, inventive Japanese pub menu, and WOW what a sake collection! The sushi is serviceable, but it's not the main attraction.
  • Katie K.
    Katie KNovember 26, 2011
    Salmon sashimi
  • Jay Y.
    Jay YNovember 5, 2011
    Looking for the Gossip Girl boys!
  • Hillary R.
    Hillary ReinsbergSeptember 24, 2011
    You will dream of the spicy cod shrimp.
  • Ben M.
    Ben MaxsonSeptember 4, 2011
    Battera is great! Highly recommended. Great service and very friendly staff.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Fave = yakitori with salt.
  • Mari S.
    Mari SheibleyAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit at the bar, buy a bottle of sake or shochu, if you can't finish it write your name on a label and come back late (within 3 months of course).
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongJuly 27, 2011
    Draft Kirin for 5$. Delicious!
  • naveen
    naveenJuly 25, 2011
    put your name on a bottle of kappa no (a sweet potato shochu) and have them keep it behind the bar for future visits. drink on the rocks when you're in the 'hood with a friend (good for three months;
  • Howcast
    HowcastJuly 21, 2011
    Knowing a few things about Japanese polite society can spare you a lot of embarrassment. Show off to the waiters your proper Japanese etiquette! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5URSNK9Djk Read more
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroJuly 21, 2011
    The food here is surprisingly good. Order the Korean style pork, the eel sushi and the tuna sashimi. I miss my old hang out in the hood!!
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MangoldJuly 14, 2011
    Shared the buta kimchi with a side of rice to soak up the sauce based on past tips and it was the best thing we had all.night. Sushi is middle of the road, best roll we tried was spicy crunchy scallop
  • Ken A.
    Ken AllardMay 25, 2011
    Ok, I like the place and will come back, but food does not=Tokyo, just good.
  • Ken A.
    Ken AllardMay 25, 2011
    Feels like I am back in Tokyo! (except for the exposed brick) I hope that the food is as good!
  • Athena C.
    Athena ChangMarch 31, 2011
    Pork ramen is delicious. It is kind of small though.
  • Jannica R.
    Jannica RobertsonMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not miss out on the buta kimchi.
  • Zach K.
    Zach KubinMarch 20, 2011
    Order a bottle of sochu or sake and if you don't finish, they'll keep it in house for 3 months...kampai!
  • Dom S.
    Dom SaviniMarch 11, 2011
    Buta Kim chi!!!!! Uh-mazing!!!!!!!!!!!
  • AriZona Iced Tea
    AriZona Iced TeaFebruary 26, 2011
    Enjoy the great music and food at this classic Japanese Izakaya.
  • Robyn L.
    Robyn LahleinJanuary 30, 2011
    Absolutely have the whole octopus, a crunchy scallop roll and save room for the green tea creme brulee.
  • Amit
    AmitDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The fried oysters? Yes please! And split some 300ml bottles of sake with friends and you'll leave feeling fine...
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupNovember 4, 2010
    Try a new premium Ginjo Sake, either Kikusui or the Bunraku. Book a for a Sake Tasting with colleagues.
  • Ken C.
    Ken ChiaOctober 27, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Midorikawa sake is most excellent.
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheyAugust 31, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the Funaguchi -- premium sake in a can. Each $12 can pours two full glasses -- perfect to share, the best deal in the house besides Shochu Tuesday ($20 off all bottles).
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.August 14, 2010
    You can buy bottles of sake or shochu and they save the leftovers for your next visit.
  • The Salup Group
    The Salup GroupJuly 21, 2010
    Order the spicy tuna roll or chicken teriyaki
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheyMarch 4, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Order the spicy cucumber. I was coming here for three years before I thought to do that.
  • MarniSalup
    MarniSalupFebruary 22, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Look for hot guys on Gossip Girl
  • MarniSalup
    MarniSalupFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Spicy tuna rolls are supeb. You should try them.
  • Jeffrey T.
    Jeffrey TascarellaFebruary 10, 2010
    Go to Izakaya Ten and stuff yourself silly with fried octopus. Get the shark fin for the hell of it. Sit at the bar and ask for a shochu tasting. Get hammered.
  • Jason W.
    Jason WFebruary 9, 2010
    Get a bottle of shozu late at night or on Tues. at half price. If you don't finish they will put your name on it and keep it behind the bar for next time. Try some fresh fruit mixers with it.
  • juliet s.
    juliet schatzbergerJanuary 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The buta kimchee is amazing. Order it with rice to soak up the juices!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LukasNovember 25, 2009
    Delicious but do not arrive hungry at this restaurant.
  • Alan T.
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  • Paulo T.
    Paulo TostesMay 11, 2014
    Comida boa, por莽玫es m铆nimas!! Sai caro a noite!!!
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