New Japanese eatery to serve up steaks at lightning speed in East Village

Ikinari Steak, known for high-turnover and no seating, has inked a deal for a new NYC location

TRD New York /
Aug.August 06, 2016 12:00 PM

Think restaurants in the East Village take too long and have too many chairs? Well this one is for you. Ikinari Steak, a popular quick-service Japanese steakhouse known for its lack of chairs, is coming to 90 East 10th Street.

Ikinari Steak is designed to stuff you full of steak at lightning speed and, at least in Japan, forgoes seating for standing tables in order to accomplish that. However, it is yet unclear whether the chain’s newest location will have seating or not when it opens later this year, according to Eater.

Owned by chef and restaurateur Kunio Ichinose, the restaurant applied for a liquor license this month, and the application notes that the restaurant will have 50 seats and 15 tables – but who knows?

Ikinari boasts more than 50 locations, with more on the way.

“Customers stand at 1m-high tables and order the precise number of grammes desired. The cost — Y5/gramme for rib-eye to more than Y10/g for sirloin — gives customers what Mr. Ichinose claims is a vital sense of control,” the Financial Times explains.

This place is sure to be popular with downtown brokers on the go.

Josh Siegelman and Ian Zimmerman of Winick Realty Group represented the landlord, ELK Investors, in the deal.

[Eater | FT]Christopher Cameron

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