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Standing Steakhouse Ikinari Has Customers on Their Feet – Literally

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Is your steak worth a standing ovation? At Ikinari steakhouse, you're already halfway there. (Retina2020/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Thursday, 23 Feb 2017 05:50 AM

Standing steakhouse Ikinari Steak, a Japanese restaurant where customers stand to eat their meals, is opening its first U.S. location Thursday in New York City's East Village.

The entire meal at the affordable eatery is served within 30 minutes, so guests shouldn't be standing around long enough to mind not being able to sit down. The restaurant also boasts a down-to-earth atmosphere and a no-tipping policy (prices include gratuity), according to the New York Daily News.

At Ikinari, guests order drinks and side items, then select ribeye, sirloin, or fillet (or assorted steak). The meat is cut in front of the guest to a specific size, and the charge is by weight instead of a set portion at a certain menu price, the Daily News reported.

Steaks are usually cooked rare, but can be allowed to cook more on the sizzling hot plates at the eating station if guests prefer. The meat is seasoned with a garlic paste and a variety of other condiments are available at the station as well, according to Gothamist.

“It feels a little weird standing up, especially when you’re on a date. But the steak is actually top quality and it’s refreshing to eat such a good steak in an unpretentious atmosphere,” one diner said, the Daily News reported.

“It was a challenge to bring steak to a steak-centric city,” founder and executive chef Kunio Ichinose told the Daily News. “I wanted to serve affordable, thick-cut steak to busy New Yorkers.”

The standing steakhouse chain has more than 60 locations in Tokyo.

“We have to serve quickly,” Ichinose added. “If not, people will get upset because they’re standing.”

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