Innovation in the restaurant industry is largely tied to new creations that find their way onto the menu, yet one new restaurant in New York City is offering diners something new. However, those who have the image of sitting down and relaxing while food is being prepared will likely be in need of an attitude adjustment.
That’s because at Ikinari Steak, there are no booths or even chairs for diners. Everyone who arrives will have a chance to sample some good food, but will be doing it while standing up ober the course of the meal. The reduction of clutter like tables and chairs allows the eating surfaces to offer large eating areas and plenty of space between fellow diners.
The concept of having diners stand as they eat has been tried before at bars and sandwich shops, though this is certainly out of the ordinary for a New York City steakhouse. In addition to that oddity, the ordering process begins after a diner is directed to their eating station and given a number card. From there, any appetizers or drinks are ordered and when the diner’s number is called, they can choose at an open kitchen counter between filet mignon, sirloin or rib eye steak, with the size and cooking option up to the diner.
One of the most prominent side dishes that has gotten plenty of raves at Ikinari Steak is the garlic pepper rice. This has rice that has beef trimmings mixed in with corn and the twon components of black pepper and garlic.
This concept of no seating has the earmarks of a fast food eatery, since diners may not be inclined to spend a great deal of time standing around. Yet Ikinari attempts to combine a steakhouse approach with a more casual approach that doesn’t push people out the door.
The remnants of eating at Ikinari Steak are such that plastic bibs are available when diners are directed to their eating station. In addition, fabric refresher is also available for those who prefer not to have their clothes immersed in steakhouse smoke.