Yakiniku Futago, Japanese Steakhouse

 Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

I recently went to Yakiniku Futago, few blocks from Union Square and I was blown away: the food there is superb and there is a nice and relaxed atmosphere, all the ingredients for a great evening. The decor is beautiful, elegant and zen, with a noise level that was perfect considering that I like to enjoy a good conversation with a meal. 

 Dining room at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Dining room at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

 Dining room at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Dining room at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Food wise, it is mainly for meat lovers, but vegetarians can find few dishes. It is a steakhouse or a barbecue place, it depends how you want to interpret their concept that is very similar to Korean BBQ (or Japanese BBQ as a matter of fact). In fact, Yakiniku means to barbecue and each table has its own grill, like in Korean or Japanese BBQ places. However, I would call them a steakhouse considering the choices of meat they offer, from Japanese Wagyu to American USDA prime cuts. I got to sample quite a lot there, so here it is:

Edamame: ok, nothing extraordinary here, but probably the sole healthy dish of the evening...

 Edamame at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Edamame at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Spicy Crispy ‘‘BON-CHOL” Fried Chicken: It was so good that we got a second order! The chicken was moist and the double frying made it heavenly crispy, smothered in a sauce that was not spicy at all.

 Fried chicken at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Fried chicken at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Hot stone garlic rice: it was like a bibimbap with just rice and lots of garlic. Ok, garlic is known for being good for blood sugar and has various medicinal properties, and with this dish, you get a year of treatment for sure, as there is a lot of it. But, if you like garlic, you will love it, as I did.

 Garlic rice at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Garlic rice at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Japanese Style Cold Noodle: very refreshing, I love the bite the noodles had.

 Cold noodles at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Cold noodles at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

 Cold noodles at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Cold noodles at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

For the main entree, I tried their wagyu deluxe sampler that was composed of 4 different cuts of Japanese wagyu beef: ribeye, tri tip, knuckles and kalbi (short rib). The meat came raw, beautifully presented in a wooden box, with some wasabi and vegetables. The marbling was sublime, especially on the ribeye that was my favorite cut with the knuckles. They were tender, juicy and try tasty. However, the kalbi was a bit tough. I cooked the meat for seconds to minutes, depending of the cut, on the grill that was in the middle of the table, rendering an amazing aroma as the meat cooked.

 Wagyu sampler at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Wagyu sampler at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

 Wagyu ribeye at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Wagyu ribeye at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

 Wagyu sampler at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Wagyu sampler at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

 Grilling at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Grilling at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

I also tried the Thickly Cut Special Filet Steak With Garlic, that was amazing: also very tender, juicy and tasty, it was accompanied by a delicious garlic sauce.

 Filet steak at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Filet steak at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

With the meal, some sake was welcome and I chose a Dassai 50 Junmai Daiginjo:

 Assai sake at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Assai sake at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Last was dessert. I admit that the choices were not that mouth watering, although original. I tried their Sweet Potato Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream, that was just ok, nothing to rave for.

 Sweet potato cake at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Sweet potato cake at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

At that point, they brought some corn tea that was a nice way to finish the meal and hopefully help my digestion...

 Corn tea at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

Corn tea at Yakiniku Futago in NYC, NY

The meal at Yakinuku Futago was succulent: the meat there is delicious and the BBQ concept adds a bit of playfulness as long as you know how to cook the meat and do not overcook it...It is a nice place with a relaxed atmosphere, original for sure as far from the usual setting of a steakhouse. I definitely recommend it.

Enjoy (I did)!

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Yakiniku Futago - 317 W 17th Street, NY, NY 10011

 
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