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July 2021

Playing With Fire

I’m tired of my old haunts, from diners to fine dining. What restaurant is an AskMelissa Best Kept Secret?

gyukaku-restaurant Normally, if we wanted to cook, we’d stay home. But the experience at Gyu-Kaku feels more like campfire than cooking.

This midtown Japanese barbeque do-it-yourselfer—one of several in New York and California—is a yummy change of pace. With a barbeque pit in each table, roomy booths provide privacy plus fun. We saw couples, families, a girls’ night out and friends strewn throughout this airy, wood-and-leather appointed space.

We wanted to taste everything, so we opted for the $90 prix fixe for two. It was a great call. Our friendly waiter explained each dish and how long to grill it, from sweet garlic shrimp to three different cuts of beef, each with a different marinade or spice and accompanied by an assortment of dipping sauces.

By dessert, we were grilling divas. Ordinarily, Japanese dessert is nothing we get excited about. But Gyu-Kaku dishes up ice cream with pancakes to warm on the grill and our campfire favorite—s’mores! We were licking our fingers, wishing we weren’t too full for more.

For more information: Gyu-Kaku

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One Response to “Playing With Fire”
  1. Sylvia Apeloig says:

    I know this restaurant from Los Angeles and it is very good !!! and fun