On the ground floor of the New York Times building near the heart of the Theater District lies this colorful and overacted Japanese restaurant that fittingly prioritizes show over substance.
As soon as any guest walks into Inakaya, they are greeted by the overtly jovial shouting and cheers from the chefs behind a large central counter overlooking a large expanse of dining tables.
While the restaurant bills itself as having a focus on grilling, in the true nature of Midtown establishments, Inakaya has expanded its long menu to reach into the realms of broad-spectrum Japanese with many offerings of sushi, sashimi, and hot and cold appetizers as well. Quality is all fair and pleasant, and their cheaply-priced sushi sampler (3 rolls for $25) is almost enough to overcome the small bites of average fish. It's a restaurant about histrionic show and business-like efficiency, making it a suitable stop only when in the area.