A new Japanese restaurant chain is coming to New York City, with its first location opening in Manhattan’s Chinatown and the city’s largest grocery store opening its doors next month.
On Saturday, the first location of the Japanese-style Japanese restaurant, which will be called Hakata Sushi and Shops, will open in the Chinatown neighborhood, said Tokyo-based Hakata, which operates more than 70 locations around the world.
Hakata has been offering traditional Japanese food and casual dining in Chinatown since 2004, when the first of the company’s stores opened in Tokyo.
The restaurant is located on the ground floor of a former building that was once a grocery store and now serves traditional Japanese cuisine.
The restaurant’s menu is a mixture of sushi, ramen, Japanese cuisine and other Japanese dishes, according to Hakata.
Hagensha, which owns Hakata and the rest of the Hakata franchisees, said the new restaurant will open at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, in a 10,000-square-foot space at 825 W. 46th St. in Manhattan.
The first of four restaurants in the space will be opened at a later date.
The new location will be available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hakata said.
The Hakata-owned restaurants include restaurants in Tokyo, Fukuoka and Osaka, Haketai, a chain of convenience stores in Tokyo and Osaka.
Hikaru, which opened its first Japanese restaurant in the city in 2001, is based in Osaka and serves a variety of Japanese cuisine, including sushi, fried chicken, ramens and kebabs.
The company is expanding into other Asian markets, opening in Shanghai, Taiwan, this summer and opening locations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Vietnam.
Hachiro, which has more than 50 restaurants in Japan and has locations in Tokyo as well as Osaka, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo and Fukuoshima, also is expanding its footprint in Japan, opening a new restaurant in Tokyo in late 2019.
In 2018, Hakanta expanded its reach into Japan by opening its first restaurant in Osaka, the only city in Japan with its own Chinatown.
Hakata has opened at least seven restaurants in Osaka since the chain’s opening in 2008, including restaurants in Yokohama and Chiba.
Hokkaido-based Nissin, which is expanding operations in Japan after more than 10 years in Tokyo after opening a restaurant in Kyoto, also has plans to open a new sushi restaurant in Yokosuka.
Nissin opened its restaurant in 2015 in Yokojima.