Taishu-Izakaya Kenka

Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
  • The experts at New York Habitat and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
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  • Mary Kate P.
    "Don't forget to spin your own cotton candy :)"(26 Tips)
    Vivian R.
    "Still consistently long wait- but amazing cheap beer and food."(13 Tips)
    Omer Z.
    "Get a bunch of different small plates and an $8 Sapporo pitcher."(10 Tips)
    Susan K.
    "Best yakitori place!"(5 Tips)
151 Tips and reviews
  • Japanese food
  • cotton candy
  • seafood
  • bull penis
  • beer
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  • Chris G.
    Chris Gampat1 week ago
    Don’t get the bukkake.
  • Clovis R.
    Clovis RApril 12
    Good for this Japanese fast food 🙊. Some times you have to wait for a free table. The Sapporo draft beer is coldest and cheap also the food that they serve has very good tasty. No regrets
  • Sheri
    SheriMarch 13
    good food and drink choices.
  • Ethan I.
    Really cheap beer. Great food to share.
  • Siobhán
    SiobhánFebruary 18
    If you like female nudity, bondage, soft core porn that's been slightly altered, and getting smashed with your bros while eating unusual food, this place is for you. Otherwise it's nice but… sigh.
  • Siobhán
    SiobhánFebruary 18
    The gyudon, which is surprisingly hard to find in the city, was yummy if a tad more rice heavy than I'd have liked. The vegetable dumplings should be passed though as very underwhelming.
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LevitasJuly 24, 2017
    The squid was amazing! Cow tongue and grilled mackerel also really solid.
  • Sacha S.
    Sacha SJuly 21, 2017
    Fun place. Good and cheap food. Finish your meal with a cotton candy. It is always very lively.
  • Sacha S.
    Sacha SJuly 5, 2017
    Cheap beer, fun food and lots of college kids. I've always had a great time here. Come if you want to get drunk and laugh! They give you a basket for your things. And you can order weird animal parts.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoJune 7, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    One of my favourite spots on St. Mark's for the vibe. Come here for the crazy Japanese posters and stay for the beef penis.
  • ✨Kelsey✨
    ✨Kelsey✨May 14, 2017
    Cheap and yummy! Get a group together and order a little bit of everything
  • Deniz T.
    Deniz TurkcuMay 1, 2017
    Amazing! One of the best food I've had in my life. Reasonable price and definitely worth to wait on the line
  • Amber
    AmberFebruary 21, 2017
    Try the Okonomiyaki, don't expect it to be "well done"
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Eric D.
    Eric De FeoDecember 30, 2016
    favorite late night food
  • Mollie B.
    Mollie BloudoffNovember 27, 2016
    The turkey testicles taste like salty kidneys and the bull penis tastes like an undercooked dumpling. Yay for trying new things!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Weixi Z.
    Weixi ZengNovember 26, 2016
    Over rated! Been 3times and none was a pleasant experience. Waiters are rude and inattentive. Food is ok, the air inside smells weird and the water taste filthy.
  • Vivian R.
    Vivian RamirezSeptember 26, 2016
    Been coming here since high school! Still consistently long wait- but amazing cheap beer and food. Great for a big group of friends or casual low key night out.
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan WAugust 29, 2016
    Cheap Japanese food and pitchers of beer. Don't forget your cotton candy at the end of your meal.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenJune 20, 2016
    maybe the closest you could get to an actual izakaya in japan, but in new york. sanma, tonkatsu, yakisoba, and kaki fry (fried oysters) are delicious. $8 pitchers of sapporo! super fun & lively place.
    Upvoted Jun 10
  • Dave K.
    Dave KimMay 27, 2016
    the buta no kakuni... each and every time.
  • Harry J.
    Harry JacobsMay 17, 2016
    Bring some friends and order as much as you can: okonomiyaki, onigiri, yaki soba, grilled squid 👌. Yakitori platter is expensive for what you get though.
  • Tim M.
    Tim McClureApril 25, 2016
    Super cheap beer pitchers
  • Katie E.
    Katie EytchApril 4, 2016
    The bbq spare ribs just melt off the bone. I want to try everything on the menu
  • Alex R.
    Alex RichardsMarch 5, 2016
    Everyone seems to love this qwirky place. Most dishes are rubbery and chewy. Just get a beer.
  • Akira
    AkiraFebruary 3, 2016
    Great ambiance, really funny, feels like themed restaurants from Japan. Tonkatsu is good.
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazJanuary 15, 2016
    Izakaya style Japanese food, essentially Japanese style bar food. Good go to for drinks and food with friends. Can get messy.
  • Samara S.
    Samara S.December 21, 2015
    Really good Japanese food. Don't forget to make your cotton candy when you leave!
  • Paul L.
    Paul L.November 11, 2015
    This place is fun. Beer and small plates.
  • Gabriel d.
    Gabriel d. A. L.November 7, 2015
    Great place! Don´t forget to ask for the unfiltered sake (Nigori). Tasty okonomiyaki and delicious giant oysters! Here you can also try a sea cucumber and stuff like a bull penis.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UNovember 4, 2015
    Have a Japanese friend read menu on the wall. You will find some very interesting item there. Don't forget to try cotton candy!
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachOctober 29, 2015
    Get a bunch of different small plates and an $8 Sapporo pitcher. The fried udon with intestines was smelly but tasty.
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyOctober 17, 2015
    Real-deal Japanese yakitori and street food with massive mugs of cheap draft beer. Best spot for grub alone it with a group on St Marks.
  • Jackie V.
    Jackie VSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    It can sometimes get a lil crowded but its worth the wait. Cheap beer and a fun menu!
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OngSeptember 1, 2015
    Love this place! Affordable prices and delicious food! I recommend the katsu curry 😋
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithAugust 29, 2015
    For $5 you can tear apart a raw sashimi grade tuna carcass with a spoon. Best thing ever. Also loved the omo-rice, takoyaki, and okonomiyaki.
  • DR G.
    DR GAugust 21, 2015
    Great cheap izakaya. Grilled squid is my favorite.
  • Jesus C.
    Jesus CaroAugust 13, 2015
    They have Japanese authentic food so you need to know what are you ordering. Drinking there is pretty cheap and the best thing is a late St. Marks diner place.
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ChiuJuly 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Do NOT get the turkey testicles. They taste exactly like what you would picture 😱
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaJune 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask for the "ushi no chinko"
  • Casey S.
    Casey SchoonoverJune 24, 2015
    Great place to drink $1.50 beers and izakaya style Japanese bites! Hamachi collar, beef tataki, skate fin and stewed pork are all good calls.
  • Vincent L.
    Vincent LawMay 29, 2015
    Food is nothing to write home about. But definitely a fun Tokyo-like yakitori atmosphere. Good for late night revelry.
  • Kevin N.
    Kevin NgApril 24, 2015
    Grab some sake, tuna bone, turkey balls, and bull's penis and you're good.
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HalberstaterApril 5, 2015
    So good and worth the wait when busy.
  • Deb K.
    Deb KumarApril 4, 2015
    Great late night sushi.
  • Jeffrey K.
    Jeffrey KaoMarch 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The cheap beer here is a good segue in to drinking games where the punishment is to eat animal genitals.
  • Giovanni D.
    Giovanni D'PalmaMarch 15, 2015
    Great spot for some beer or saki with delicious Japanese street food.
  • Gordon M.
    Gordon MeiMarch 12, 2015
    If you airdropped me here, I wouldn't know I was in New York. Also, $1.50 Sapporo.
  • 💎T
    💎TJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the chicken cartilage ! It's crispy, crunchy and delicious.
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiJanuary 2, 2015
    Japanese sake and tapas! Try the grilled beef on the pan
  • Enrico S.
    Enrico SNovember 28, 2014
    A bit crowded, but great for a late dinner. Good food and low prices.
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