Kobeyaki is in essence, Japanese fast food, but with a conscience; choosing to source their meats locally or raised humanely. They offer sushi, burgers and teriyaki bowls with some customization. While food are made to order and they have chosen to use higher quality ingredients, my impression was still on the fact that it’s Americanized Japanese food.
We went to their Upper East Side location after an attempt to visit the Guggenheim.
I got the Grilled Shrimp Bowl ($9.87) with brown rice, teriyaki seared shrimps, grilled vegetables (edamame, zucchini, yellow squash, onions, carrots, scallions) and sesame seeds. It was pretty filling and decent in flavour, it kind of exceeded my expectation, thinking that this would be super salty.
Betty’s Kobeyaki Burger ($8.97) with wagyu beef, teriyaki onions, teriyaki ketchup, spicy mayo. She also got a side of Tempura sweet potato fries ($3.25)
The food only took about 5-10 minutes, they give you a buzzer which alerts you when your food is ready at the pick up counter. The staff that took our order expressed a bit of exasperation when we took a few minutes to decide what to order. We’re not locals and we don’t know what your offerings are, so yes, we are going to take a few minutes to decide. Exasperation would be warranted if we took an hour deciding.
215 E 86th St
New York, NY 10028