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Wok seared spicy beef udon is served at (Credit: Bloomberg News)

Wok seared spicy beef udon is served at Kibo Japanese Grill. The restaurant is located at 111 E. 18th St. in Manhattan. (Jan. 9, 2012)

Kibo: Supersized Japanese restaurant

This is Kibo Japanese Grill, the latest New York offering from Stephen Hanson, the private equity-backed restaurateur behind chains like Bill's Bar & Burger, Dos Caminos and Strip House. Will there be more Kibos? Perhaps, if they're smaller. The Gramercy Park spot was half-empty at 7:30 on a Saturday night. Opening a 299-seat venue in post-recession New York may be the ultimate hubris. --Ryan Sutton, Bloomberg News

Tables are set in the dining room at
(Credit: Bloomberg News)

Tables are set in the dining room at Kibo Japanese Grill. The restaurant is at 111 E. 18th St. in Manhattan. (Jan. 9, 2012)

The exterior of Kibo Japanese Grill, located at
(Credit: Bloomberg News)

The exterior of Kibo Japanese Grill, located at 111 E. 18th St. in Manhattan. (Jan. 9, 2012)

Wok seared spicy beef udon is served at
(Credit: Bloomberg News)

Wok seared spicy beef udon is served at Kibo Japanese Grill. The restaurant is located at 111 E. 18th St. in Manhattan. (Jan. 9, 2012)

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