On KYU (Cue)…NYC Restaurant Review

Ever read about a restaurant that sounds interesting, but you are hesitant to go because it may be crammed with social media influencers which often spells cuisine mediocrity?

The other day, before attending a play downtown at the Public Theater, I decided to bite the bullet and try KYU (pronounced, Cue), the 5,700 former Bobby Flay Gato space on Lafayette.

The wood-fired, pan-Asian barbecue employs the original Japanese yakiniku wood-fired grilling methods.

KYU NYC is led by Eleven Madison Park alum, Chef Chris Arellanes.

In a reversal of tradition a Miami restaurant has opened in New York City contrary to NY places always opening an outpost in Miami.

It was not totally new to me as there is a Miami location in the Wynwood district established in 2016 with a not very congenial staff (Mexico City also hosts a KYU).

Our reservation was at 12pm on a Sunday.

It was empty so we were able to observe the room in all its eclecticism. I loved the original hardwood floors, brick ceiling, indoor columns native to SoHo architecture.

The bar area is attractive and there is outside dining.

It was hot and since it was empty we stayed  indoors.

Maximilian, our genial server, helped us navigate the menu.

We kicked our lunch off with amazing Hamachi on Crispy Rice. The Crudo was sweet and the crunch from the rice was a fabulous compliment.

The Charred Suncokes were outrageous, bathed in a pool of Parmesan cream with togarashi lime ($19).

The Grilled Octopus was charred on the outside and so tender with hearts of palm ceviche along with red onion($28).

The delectable Roasted Cauliflower was plated with goat cheese and shishito-herb vinaigrette ($32).

The ample portion of Baby Back Ribs were meaty with a fantastic cilantro glaze ($40).

The food was excellent and the environment inviting.

We had the kitchen at our beck and call and they answered the call brilliantly.

I would imagine dinner is way more of a scene…there was rainbow sparkle glitter left on our seats from a supposed rowdy Saturday night.

KYU is definitely worth a try.

KYU 324 Lafayette NoHo New York City. Open daily 12-3pm and 4-11pm except Sunday and Monday when Kyu closes at 10pm. Reservations online.

One Comment

  1. Making me hungry — again.

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