Moving back to NYC from LA 3 weeks ago after living there for 3 yrs I grew very attached to Gyu-Kaku and was thrilled to hear that a branch was opening in Manhattan. After eating at Cooper Square the other night I am sated and still a huge fan.
I love Gyu-Kaku, and though the restaurant was Manhattanized; my west LA location was much more low key and less glamorous, almost all of my favorites were there with one notable exception - no spicy unagi bibimbap. This is a shame. I do not find this food bland at all - which is truly, I suppose a matter of taste. I must admit that Gyu-Kaku is the only yakiniku that I have had- Korean BBQ is of corse a different animal and not worth comparing- maybe other yakiniku has less subtle flavoring??
I would encourage anyone to find your way to the Gyu-Kaku in Manhattan.come with a group...start with the ahi poke get lots of the Hirami Miso - pester them about getting Unagi Bibimbap - get the lamb basil and finish with the s'mores.
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