Japanese steakhouse chain Ikinari has added three more locations to its ambitious expansion plans — bringing the number of NYC outposts to open before the end of the year to a whopping seven.
Known as the reasonably priced steakhouse where diners must stand as they eat, the first Ikinari opened in the East Village in February. Earlier this month, the chain announced three more steakhouses in Hell’s Kitchen and Chelsea, and Monday, the company revealed that Midtown will be home to three additional locations.
The latest will be at 455 Park Avenue in Midtown East and 37 West 46th Street, as well as 243 West 54th Street closer to Times Square. Here’s a full rundown of the potential Ikinari NYC locations, all with room for 45 to 50 people:
90 East 10th Street, between 4th Avenue and 3rd Avenue, East Village
368 West 46th Street, near Ninth Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen
96 Eighth Avenue, at 15th Street, Chelsea
154 Seventh Avenue, at West 19th Street, Chelsea
455 Park Avenue, at 57th Street, Midtown
37 West 46th Street, between 6th and 5th Avenue, Midtown
243 West 54th Street, between 8th Avenue and Broadway, Midtown
Ikinari founder Kunio Ichinose and stateside operator Takashi Tsuchiyama have said that they want to open at least 20 locations in Manhattan within the next five years. Although the chain is known for its lack of chairs in Japan, the company recently caved in New York and added some seating. It is not yet clear whether the new outposts will be more standing or sitting restaurants.
At the restaurant, people order steak by the ounce. That there are no chairs translates to people dining faster and lower cost steaks, says Ichinose. At the East Village location, a 10.6-ounce of sirloin costs $24 at lunch.
Stay tuned for more.