Gyu Kaku Soft-Opens

  Last modified on February 1st, 2020

Japanese barbecue restaurant Gyu Kaku has soft-opened at 620 Amsterdam Avenue (between 90th and 91st Streets), and is currently open between the hours of 5-10pm. This is one the UWS has been anticipating for a while! We actually first broke the news in October of 2018. The last occupant at this space was Saigon Grill, which closed in February of 2013.

Patrons of Gyu Kaku can enjoy a personal grill at their table, making it a cool destination for parties, events and dates.

Here’s a post from this past October as I was peering in with excitement:


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Gyu Kaku’s menu has a selection of shared meat plates, with popular choices including their skirt steak and dry angus beef.

Additional classic Japanese dishes are offered a la carte, but the meat is what the restaurant is known for.

Gyu Kaku Upper West Side NYC

photo c/o Flickr user David Long

Gyu Kaku Personal Grill

photo c/o Flickr user Shinya Suzuki

Gyu Kaku offers a daily happy hour between 11:30am and 6:30pm, as well as a late night happy hour from 9:30pm until 11pm (but Upper West Siders will of course need to wait until the grand opening to enjoy these).

Happy hours include $3.50 beers (Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo Light, Blue Moon, Stella and Corona), cocktails ranging from $4 to $6, and pretty heavily discounted entrees.

It goes without saying that they have a nice selection of sakes, too.

The restaurant chain has over 700 locations. These include a handful in New York (Noho, Midtown East and West, Flushing and one in White Plains).

Gyu Kaku’s Upper West Side location can be reached at (646) 850-2989.

I’ll be going to eat at Gyu Kaku this evening, so I’ll update this post with some more pics + details!

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