Totto Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 251 W 55th St

    New York, NY 10019

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  • 212-245-4555

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Sun-Fri 11:30am-2pm, Sat 5:30pm-1am

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I love Aburiya Kinnosuke and I like Soba Totto, but this restaurant owned by the same people leaves something to be desired. The food is not as good as at its sister restaurant, and the atmosphere aims at being authentic, but the service is subpar for a good Japanese restaurant. The prices are a bit on the high side. I would say that one could certainly come here for a beer and have some yakitori if you are in the area, but I wouldn't bother planning your night out around this place.

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★★★☆☆

I love Aburiya Kinnosuke and I like Soba Totto, but this restaurant owned by the same people leaves something to be desired. The food is not as good as at its sister restaurant, and the atmosphere aims at being authentic, but the service is subpar for a good Japanese restaurant. The prices are a bit on the high side. I would say that one could certainly come here for a beer and have some yakitori if you are in the area, but I wouldn't bother planning your night out around this place.

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Being an ultimate foodie, I was really excited to be back at Yakitori Totto. But this last experience was very different from my first time there.

We got a small room in the back b/c I made reservations, thank goodness for that or else we would've never gotten seats. From the moment we stepped into the place to the moment we left, not once did we see a smile on the waitstaff's faces. Most of them were grumpy and annoyed looking throughout the entire dinner, especially when we were requesting things and ordering. That ruined my appetite a bit to see such attitudes. It was as if she thought we were strange for ordering some of the dishes. I cant argue about the food though...it was delicious. Our favorite were the chicken meatballs, the wings, the organic pork with lemon/scallions, the tofu dishes, and the fried sweet yam. We enjoyed the dishes but we hope that they would train the staff better and at least pretend you are happy to be working there so that the customers would enjoy their meals more. Our waitress also was not very helpful when we asked for sake recommendations. Also, they gave us attitudes about 1-2 ppl coming later than the rest of the party. It was raining out and there were supposed to be a hurricane...at least the majority of us were there and we ordered already. Therefore, I really dont think it should make any difference to them at all.

Overall I might go back just for the food but I really like to see diff ppl working there or least get a personality makeover.

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★★★☆☆

Being an ultimate foodie, I was really excited to be back at Yakitori Totto. But this last experience was very different from my first time there.

We got a small room in the back b/c I made reservations, thank goodness for that or else we would've never gotten seats. From the moment we stepped into the place to the moment we left, not once did we see a smile on the waitstaff's faces. Most of them were grumpy and annoyed looking throughout the entire dinner, especially when we were requesting things and ordering. That ruined my appetite a bit to see such attitudes. It was as if she thought we were strange for ordering some of the dishes. I cant argue about the food though...it was delicious. Our favorite were the chicken meatballs, the wings, the organic pork with lemon/scallions, the tofu dishes, and the fried sweet yam. We enjoyed the dishes but we hope that they would train the staff better and at least pretend you are happy to be working there so that the customers would enjoy their meals more. Our waitress also was not very helpful when we asked for sake recommendations. Also, they gave us attitudes about 1-2 ppl coming later than the rest of the party. It was raining out and there were supposed to be a hurricane...at least the majority of us were there and we ordered already. Therefore, I really dont think it should make any difference to them at all.

Overall I might go back just for the food but I really like to see diff ppl working there or least get a personality makeover.

Pros: Good food

Cons: TERRIBLE service and attitude

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I've been a fairly regular to Yakitori Totto for more than a year, food is decent but I had THE worst service I have ever had last night. I went there 5:30pm when they open which almost guarantee a spot without wait. I was first seated at the bar spot closet to the entrance where you cannot really enjoy your dinner without hitting your right elbow every time you pick up your chopsticks. (the place was fairly empty since it just opened for the night)

I requested to move and they offered a table if we leave before 7pm, which was fine every time I went. Not this time, not only the waitress came over 4-5 times over the hour reminding us that we have to leave by 7pm from 5:40 til 6:30, never once asked how's the food and only refilled our hot tea once out of request. (The waitresses are pretty much different every few weeks - either they have different shifts or really high turnovers, so I think they're only trained how to put into orders into the handhelds device.) To top that off, another wait staff who wasn't serving us came over around 6:30, firmly asking us to move to the bar to finish the rest of our dinner. It was until I asked to know the reason why I was asked to move that she acknowledge and apologized for a seating mistake they have. I was on my last course(well, they came randomly, so don't expect appetizers to come before "main courses", which is ok with me), which I waited for at least 5 minutes after I finished my dishes prior to that, and I was asked to move without any reasons or apology.

Our waiter came to apologize and I told her that she's rude coming here reminding us we have to leave by 7pm way before for numerous number of times and failed to tend to her customer, she apologized and claimed she would talk to her manager. In my opinion, this is too little, too late, and I did not hear any apology in any form from the manager.

This is a totally disappointing experience, maybe because I'm not Japanese as per prev. posters.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I've been a fairly regular to Yakitori Totto for more than a year, food is decent but I had THE worst service I have ever had last night. I went there 5:30pm when they open which almost guarantee a spot without wait. I was first seated at the bar spot closet to the entrance where you cannot really enjoy your dinner without hitting your right elbow every time you pick up your chopsticks. (the place was fairly empty since it just opened for the night)

I requested to move and they offered a table if we leave before 7pm, which was fine every time I went. Not this time, not only the waitress came over 4-5 times over the hour reminding us that we have to leave by 7pm from 5:40 til 6:30, never once asked how's the food and only refilled our hot tea once out of request. (The waitresses are pretty much different every few weeks - either they have different shifts or really high turnovers, so I think they're only trained how to put into orders into the handhelds device.) To top that off, another wait staff who wasn't serving us came over around 6:30, firmly asking us to move to the bar to finish the rest of our dinner. It was until I asked to know the reason why I was asked to move that she acknowledge and apologized for a seating mistake they have. I was on my last course(well, they came randomly, so don't expect appetizers to come before "main courses", which is ok with me), which I waited for at least 5 minutes after I finished my dishes prior to that, and I was asked to move without any reasons or apology.

Our waiter came to apologize and I told her that she's rude coming here reminding us we have to leave by 7pm way before for numerous number of times and failed to tend to her customer, she apologized and claimed she would talk to her manager. In my opinion, this is too little, too late, and I did not hear any apology in any form from the manager.

This is a totally disappointing experience, maybe because I'm not Japanese as per prev. posters.

Pros: Decent food. It's great if you are Japanese?

Cons: Very rude, unprofessional staff, long wait if you don't have reservation

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White not a seasoned yakitori expert, I was treated to an unforgettable dinner at this understated 2nd-floor dream, and was lucky enough to be joined by a real Japanese transplant to New York. The food might have been the best I've ever had in Manhattan, in the most authentic Tokyo setting. We were feeling adventurous and went for whatever was most obscure; the raw octopus was RIDICULOUSLY good, and the yakitoris were screaming with flavor and freshness. I'm struggling to think that you could go wrong with any dish at this restaurant.

The setting was so intimate and inviting with gorgeous and bubbly Japanese waitresses. Snagging a table may be difficult but worth all the hassle! I have rarely been so satisfied with a meal. Go with a small group (max 4 people) and with your appetite. Don't be scared to try something different! Don't walk, run to this one-of-a-kind Japanese heaven far and away from every standard sushi joint.

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★★★★★

White not a seasoned yakitori expert, I was treated to an unforgettable dinner at this understated 2nd-floor dream, and was lucky enough to be joined by a real Japanese transplant to New York. The food might have been the best I've ever had in Manhattan, in the most authentic Tokyo setting. We were feeling adventurous and went for whatever was most obscure; the raw octopus was RIDICULOUSLY good, and the yakitoris were screaming with flavor and freshness. I'm struggling to think that you could go wrong with any dish at this restaurant.

The setting was so intimate and inviting with gorgeous and bubbly Japanese waitresses. Snagging a table may be difficult but worth all the hassle! I have rarely been so satisfied with a meal. Go with a small group (max 4 people) and with your appetite. Don't be scared to try something different! Don't walk, run to this one-of-a-kind Japanese heaven far and away from every standard sushi joint.

Pros: Fabulous food, great shochu cocktails, beautiful people, did I mention FABULOUS food?

Cons: Difficult to get a table

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I lived in Japan for several years, and while I wouldn't call myself a yakitori expert, I know my way around a skewer of cooked meat well enough. Yakitori Totto was so bad that I felt compelled to create a city search account just to vent. The venue is small and not well ventilated. The wait staff was "difficult" to say the least... they turned down my requests for mustard, miso, and mayo because the food was so tastesless. I told them I didn't care about an extra charge, but they were all holier-than-thou about store policy. How about the policy that you give the customer what he wants? When they finally gave in to the miso request (my polite Japanese friend was doing the negotiating too), the quantity they gave me was about the size of a nickel and they charged me $1. They tried to charge us for rice that they never brought, even though we ordered it. And they weren't apologetic at all. Then let's talk about the food... even my Japanese friend thought the food was bland. At least they didn't overcook it. The value is absolutely terrible. You get one skewer for about $3-10. You walk away feeling hungry and cheated. I hope this place goes out of business, I really do. Giving them business is essentially telling them that it's OK to feed you overpriced food and treat you like... a piece of brown fecal matter.

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★☆☆☆☆

I lived in Japan for several years, and while I wouldn't call myself a yakitori expert, I know my way around a skewer of cooked meat well enough. Yakitori Totto was so bad that I felt compelled to create a city search account just to vent. The venue is small and not well ventilated. The wait staff was "difficult" to say the least... they turned down my requests for mustard, miso, and mayo because the food was so tastesless. I told them I didn't care about an extra charge, but they were all holier-than-thou about store policy. How about the policy that you give the customer what he wants? When they finally gave in to the miso request (my polite Japanese friend was doing the negotiating too), the quantity they gave me was about the size of a nickel and they charged me $1. They tried to charge us for rice that they never brought, even though we ordered it. And they weren't apologetic at all. Then let's talk about the food... even my Japanese friend thought the food was bland. At least they didn't overcook it. The value is absolutely terrible. You get one skewer for about $3-10. You walk away feeling hungry and cheated. I hope this place goes out of business, I really do. Giving them business is essentially telling them that it's OK to feed you overpriced food and treat you like... a piece of brown fecal matter.

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First time I've been to a Yakitori Restaurant, so while I may not be an expert I know what I like (I'm sure there are many other ppl out there who have never tried Yakitori and are curious just like I was). It was pretty tasty. The bulk of the menu is various parts of chicken barbarqued on a stick.

Its a tiny place with stairs leading up to the first floor. We had to wait 15 mins on a Monday night at 7, the queue for tables got alot longer while we were there so I would reccomend coming early or making reservations.

The service was great, the best place to sit is my the bar/counter as you can see your food being prepared in front of you which is great fun and also the chefs will bring the food directly to you which means you get your food quickly. They also explain what each dish is, which is handy as all chicken looks the same to me!
Make sure you keep your menu as you can try a little of everything and then order another round of food if you're not full, or see somehing else you like (we always over order in restaurants so ordering the food a little by little was good for me).

I would recommend the chicken hearts, meatball in brown sauce and the soft shell crab (great value for money). Had the soup, as many Yakitori as I could eat and the softshell crab and beers (the beers comes in a stone pitcher, kept the beer cold and was really cool!) and the bill came to just under $60 for 2 - great value. Beware of the uncooked quails eggs tho they give me a slightly poorly stomach - it was the eggs as it was the only thing my gf didn't eat and she was fine (if you still want to try it, do what we saw the japanese customers do, beat the eggs with your chopsticks and use it as a dip - don't just swallow the thing whole like i did!!!)

Would definitely go there again but beware, it gets very busy!

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★★★★☆

First time I've been to a Yakitori Restaurant, so while I may not be an expert I know what I like (I'm sure there are many other ppl out there who have never tried Yakitori and are curious just like I was). It was pretty tasty. The bulk of the menu is various parts of chicken barbarqued on a stick.

Its a tiny place with stairs leading up to the first floor. We had to wait 15 mins on a Monday night at 7, the queue for tables got alot longer while we were there so I would reccomend coming early or making reservations.

The service was great, the best place to sit is my the bar/counter as you can see your food being prepared in front of you which is great fun and also the chefs will bring the food directly to you which means you get your food quickly. They also explain what each dish is, which is handy as all chicken looks the same to me!
Make sure you keep your menu as you can try a little of everything and then order another round of food if you're not full, or see somehing else you like (we always over order in restaurants so ordering the food a little by little was good for me).

I would recommend the chicken hearts, meatball in brown sauce and the soft shell crab (great value for money). Had the soup, as many Yakitori as I could eat and the softshell crab and beers (the beers comes in a stone pitcher, kept the beer cold and was really cool!) and the bill came to just under $60 for 2 - great value. Beware of the uncooked quails eggs tho they give me a slightly poorly stomach - it was the eggs as it was the only thing my gf didn't eat and she was fine (if you still want to try it, do what we saw the japanese customers do, beat the eggs with your chopsticks and use it as a dip - don't just swallow the thing whole like i did!!!)

Would definitely go there again but beware, it gets very busy!

Pros: Food, Service, Value for Money

Cons: Gets very busy

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After a 45-minute wait (on a Tuesday night!), my girlfried and I were seated. We proceeded to order all sorts of yakitori. After twenty minutes, and watching those (all japanese) who came in after we did getting served, we asked our waitress if our food was on the way (even the cucumber!?) and only then did she tell us they were out of two of the items we ordered (and the two that we were really looking foward to eating!). We should have left then. The yakitori that did eventually arrive was ok. Some of it was undercooked. The whole experience was a drag and a waste of time and money. (My girlfriend felt that we may have been treated casually because we were not japanese. I have no reason to believe this was the case). We'll look for other places to try.

P.S. I see from reading other reviews that running out of items early seems to be somewhat common at this and even some other yakitori places. Still, you shouldn't have to wait 20 minutes to be told this.

1
★★☆☆☆

After a 45-minute wait (on a Tuesday night!), my girlfried and I were seated. We proceeded to order all sorts of yakitori. After twenty minutes, and watching those (all japanese) who came in after we did getting served, we asked our waitress if our food was on the way (even the cucumber!?) and only then did she tell us they were out of two of the items we ordered (and the two that we were really looking foward to eating!). We should have left then. The yakitori that did eventually arrive was ok. Some of it was undercooked. The whole experience was a drag and a waste of time and money. (My girlfriend felt that we may have been treated casually because we were not japanese. I have no reason to believe this was the case). We'll look for other places to try.

P.S. I see from reading other reviews that running out of items early seems to be somewhat common at this and even some other yakitori places. Still, you shouldn't have to wait 20 minutes to be told this.

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After reading about this place on Michael Ruhlman's blog where he described how wonderful the experience of eating chicken bones was ("best chix ever!" his notes read) and hearing that it was Tom Keller's favorite Manhattan joint, I decided I had to check this place out. It is now one of my favorite joints as well. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is very, very good. After getting over our disappointment upon hearing that the breast bone and soft knee bones were not available, my girlfriend and I quickly dove into their other offerings. The fried anchovies with green tea salt, the chicken heart, chicken liver, pork with lemon, pork dumplings, eggplant, soft shell crab and rice with cod roe and broth were all wonderful dishes. Each was expertly cooked, perfectly seasoned and very well presented. We loved the savoriness of the dishes and the play of textures found in the various plates. Two carafes of sake were downed as we ate, and were a very nice accompaniment to the food. Oh, and the desserts! We finished up with the rice cake with red bean soup and the green tea pudding, both wonderful. The pudding was the epitome green teaness. I'll be going back very soon.

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★★★★★

After reading about this place on Michael Ruhlman's blog where he described how wonderful the experience of eating chicken bones was ("best chix ever!" his notes read) and hearing that it was Tom Keller's favorite Manhattan joint, I decided I had to check this place out. It is now one of my favorite joints as well. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is very, very good. After getting over our disappointment upon hearing that the breast bone and soft knee bones were not available, my girlfriend and I quickly dove into their other offerings. The fried anchovies with green tea salt, the chicken heart, chicken liver, pork with lemon, pork dumplings, eggplant, soft shell crab and rice with cod roe and broth were all wonderful dishes. Each was expertly cooked, perfectly seasoned and very well presented. We loved the savoriness of the dishes and the play of textures found in the various plates. Two carafes of sake were downed as we ate, and were a very nice accompaniment to the food. Oh, and the desserts! We finished up with the rice cake with red bean soup and the green tea pudding, both wonderful. The pudding was the epitome green teaness. I'll be going back very soon.

Pros: Great food. Friendly, fast service. Good value.

Cons: Might have to wait for a table, but so what?

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I'm half Japanese and grew up in both the States and Tokyo. Yakitori Totto is definitely one of my favorite Japanese restaurants I've come across in America. The authenticity is great and it really made me feel like I was in Japan. Now you have to realize before you go that in Japan, their diets don't consist of cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried everything. Over there, you eat light and you eat healthy. That's what Yakitori Totto is. And you have to know what to order. I definitely recommend taking a Japanese friend or someone that is familiar with the menu. And if you don't like something that's kind of odd (ex: Natto Kinchaku, fermented soybeans), don't knock it. Just try something else and say that it's not for you. It seems like most of the bad reviews were written by kids that are looking for a California Roll. And maybe the reason you had bad service is because they knew you wouldn't appreciate the genuine Japanese menu and you'd give them a bad review on Citysearch. I've been there plenty of times and never once had poor service. I own many restaurants and if anyone is going to criticize the smallest details of an operation, it's me. The menu is very authentic and healthy, the service was good at its worst, and you can only find a more genuine atmosphere in Japan. On that note, I will say that you should expect a wait if you go after 7:30-8PM (anywhere from 15-40 minutes), depending on how large your party is. If you only have two, it shouldn't be too bad. Maybe I'm stupid, but in my experience, a wait at a restaurant typically reflects a good experience, so obviously there are more good reviews than bad about this establishment.
Definitely check this place out if you're interested in authenticity, health, and a nice atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

I'm half Japanese and grew up in both the States and Tokyo. Yakitori Totto is definitely one of my favorite Japanese restaurants I've come across in America. The authenticity is great and it really made me feel like I was in Japan. Now you have to realize before you go that in Japan, their diets don't consist of cheese, mashed potatoes, and fried everything. Over there, you eat light and you eat healthy. That's what Yakitori Totto is. And you have to know what to order. I definitely recommend taking a Japanese friend or someone that is familiar with the menu. And if you don't like something that's kind of odd (ex: Natto Kinchaku, fermented soybeans), don't knock it. Just try something else and say that it's not for you. It seems like most of the bad reviews were written by kids that are looking for a California Roll. And maybe the reason you had bad service is because they knew you wouldn't appreciate the genuine Japanese menu and you'd give them a bad review on Citysearch. I've been there plenty of times and never once had poor service. I own many restaurants and if anyone is going to criticize the smallest details of an operation, it's me. The menu is very authentic and healthy, the service was good at its worst, and you can only find a more genuine atmosphere in Japan. On that note, I will say that you should expect a wait if you go after 7:30-8PM (anywhere from 15-40 minutes), depending on how large your party is. If you only have two, it shouldn't be too bad. Maybe I'm stupid, but in my experience, a wait at a restaurant typically reflects a good experience, so obviously there are more good reviews than bad about this establishment.
Definitely check this place out if you're interested in authenticity, health, and a nice atmosphere.

Pros: Accurate representation of genuine Japanese food, great service, great atmosphere

Cons: Limited seating capacity plus popularity may result in a wait (15-40 mins) after 7:30ish

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My friends and I were all exited about coming here since this place has such high ratings and popularity . It turned out to be a total disapoinment. We ordered a bunch of "specialties", all tasted blend. You can get better Japanese food than here from a non authentic place all over midtown.

The environment was ok and the service was alright. However it gets really smoky in the air with all the BBQ that they were doing. We felt like we could not breath. We had to rush out becaue we couldn't stand the smoke anymore.

If you want authentic Japanese tapas food I recommend Sakagura on 43rd street. It's a little more pricy, but for its quality of food, atmosphere and service ( oh, plus their sake selections) it's definetlly worth going than Totto!

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★★☆☆☆

My friends and I were all exited about coming here since this place has such high ratings and popularity . It turned out to be a total disapoinment. We ordered a bunch of "specialties", all tasted blend. You can get better Japanese food than here from a non authentic place all over midtown.

The environment was ok and the service was alright. However it gets really smoky in the air with all the BBQ that they were doing. We felt like we could not breath. We had to rush out becaue we couldn't stand the smoke anymore.

If you want authentic Japanese tapas food I recommend Sakagura on 43rd street. It's a little more pricy, but for its quality of food, atmosphere and service ( oh, plus their sake selections) it's definetlly worth going than Totto!

Pros: service was ok

Cons: food

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After reading all the good reviews, we went in with high expectation and came out with total disappointment on the food. We ordered all the seem-to-be-popular ones: beef tongue, chicken meatball, grilled chicken, fried chicken and 4 others, and none of them was satisfying. The beef tongues were salty, and some of them, especially those in the middle of the skews were very "chewy", meatballs were tasteless, the grilled chicken could be juicier, considering the part of the chicken. Even though our stomachs were only 1/3 filled up, we decided to give up after the 10 dishes.

Go somewhere else if you are looking for good food!

1
★★☆☆☆

After reading all the good reviews, we went in with high expectation and came out with total disappointment on the food. We ordered all the seem-to-be-popular ones: beef tongue, chicken meatball, grilled chicken, fried chicken and 4 others, and none of them was satisfying. The beef tongues were salty, and some of them, especially those in the middle of the skews were very "chewy", meatballs were tasteless, the grilled chicken could be juicier, considering the part of the chicken. Even though our stomachs were only 1/3 filled up, we decided to give up after the 10 dishes.

Go somewhere else if you are looking for good food!

Pros: Service

Cons: Food

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My wife and I had a great time at the bar. We got about 6 or 7 dishes, some sake and beer. The clay mugs were a great touch. Great for a date or a big party.

2
★★★★★

My wife and I had a great time at the bar. We got about 6 or 7 dishes, some sake and beer. The clay mugs were a great touch. Great for a date or a big party.

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loved the food, drinks & atmosphere....good $$ but long wait (busy spot). vegetarian friendly too! need to go bk soon :)

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★★★★★

loved the food, drinks & atmosphere....good $$ but long wait (busy spot). vegetarian friendly too! need to go bk soon :)

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You cannot beat this place for authenticity and atmosphere. It's actually so cool that I don't even want to review it as it's already hard enough to get a table. In short, go, and try everything on the menu--not for the faint. Hearts, skins, and livers are delicious. Have a riceball with salmon if you need heavy food, but otherwise have a handful of skewers. The tuna sashimi is probably the best in NYC--perfectly cubed morsels of goodness. They don't have chicken sashimi anymore and that was the best thing around for pure shock factor. Don't look for sushi on the menu although there's tons of sake and it's served properly... Your cup runnath over.

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★★★★☆

You cannot beat this place for authenticity and atmosphere. It's actually so cool that I don't even want to review it as it's already hard enough to get a table. In short, go, and try everything on the menu--not for the faint. Hearts, skins, and livers are delicious. Have a riceball with salmon if you need heavy food, but otherwise have a handful of skewers. The tuna sashimi is probably the best in NYC--perfectly cubed morsels of goodness. They don't have chicken sashimi anymore and that was the best thing around for pure shock factor. Don't look for sushi on the menu although there's tons of sake and it's served properly... Your cup runnath over.

Pros: One of a kind; Culinary Secret Weapon

Cons: Not the most organized as far as getting a table

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I just realized today how much BAD service in a restaurant can completely reverse your experience. Even if the meal is as you would expect, bad service will make you reconsider going to the same place again.

Whats annoying is the most that I actually used to like this restaurant. I enjoy the food itself. I used to spend around $60 for two($120-$150 for more than 3-4 people). However, they will keep making you uncomfortable until you order certain price range that they desire and they will kick you out right away if they think you are not going to order any more...What a fantastic business mind!

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★☆☆☆☆

I just realized today how much BAD service in a restaurant can completely reverse your experience. Even if the meal is as you would expect, bad service will make you reconsider going to the same place again.

Whats annoying is the most that I actually used to like this restaurant. I enjoy the food itself. I used to spend around $60 for two($120-$150 for more than 3-4 people). However, they will keep making you uncomfortable until you order certain price range that they desire and they will kick you out right away if they think you are not going to order any more...What a fantastic business mind!

Pros: Food

Cons: BAD+ RUDE Service, Parking, Looooog Wait(Small Space)

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this is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. theres a great deal of selection on the menu, semi-helpfully separated into different sections (tasty, healthy, limited, rice & noodles, chefs recommendation). its hard to decide what to get, so try something from each section (dishes range from $7-$12, yakitori from $2.50-$3.50). the bittermelon with tofu & egg is really good, though those with milder tastes should try something else (perhaps the non-offensive & mild fried fish cakes). for more filling dishes, the zousui (congee with chicken) is tasty and satisfying. among the yakitori, the succulent marbled pork skewers (either with mustard & lemon juice or scallions & yuzu sauce) are exceptional. chicken meatball skewers (there are a few varieties) are flavourful and juicy as well. including tax & tip, our bill usually ranges from $55-$75 for 2 ppl. try a bunch of different things! ive never been disappointed.

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★★★★★

this is one of my favourite restaurants in the city. theres a great deal of selection on the menu, semi-helpfully separated into different sections (tasty, healthy, limited, rice & noodles, chefs recommendation). its hard to decide what to get, so try something from each section (dishes range from $7-$12, yakitori from $2.50-$3.50). the bittermelon with tofu & egg is really good, though those with milder tastes should try something else (perhaps the non-offensive & mild fried fish cakes). for more filling dishes, the zousui (congee with chicken) is tasty and satisfying. among the yakitori, the succulent marbled pork skewers (either with mustard & lemon juice or scallions & yuzu sauce) are exceptional. chicken meatball skewers (there are a few varieties) are flavourful and juicy as well. including tax & tip, our bill usually ranges from $55-$75 for 2 ppl. try a bunch of different things! ive never been disappointed.

Pros: open late, efficient service, reasonable prices

Cons: wait can be long, narrow space

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Yakitori is simple street fare in Japan. And in NYC this genre runs the spectrum from simple "pub food" fare to gourmet. In this case, Yakitori Totto is the gourmet extreme. Very well done food, original offerings. If you don't mind paying well to eat good food, then definetly give this place a try. If you don't want to pay that much, then head south to St. Mark's steet.

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★★★★★

Yakitori is simple street fare in Japan. And in NYC this genre runs the spectrum from simple "pub food" fare to gourmet. In this case, Yakitori Totto is the gourmet extreme. Very well done food, original offerings. If you don't mind paying well to eat good food, then definetly give this place a try. If you don't want to pay that much, then head south to St. Mark's steet.

Pros: Food, Decor, Speed of Service

Cons: Slightly Expensive, Wait

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So happy to find this spot. The service is warm, the atmosphere fun and the food AMAZING. I love the Shochu Grapefruit cocktail. It comes to your table with a half grapfuit and juicer - fresh and with a great little kick! The chicken meatball Yakitori and quail egg is wonderful. The okra and yam salad is delicious but only for those who are interested in something very different. We spent about 2 hrs just cranking through the menu amazed by the unique delicate flavors. Ryohei was the most welcoming host (hope you love the Stereolob CD!). This place is a true gem that offers quality unique food at a very good value.

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★★★★★

So happy to find this spot. The service is warm, the atmosphere fun and the food AMAZING. I love the Shochu Grapefruit cocktail. It comes to your table with a half grapfuit and juicer - fresh and with a great little kick! The chicken meatball Yakitori and quail egg is wonderful. The okra and yam salad is delicious but only for those who are interested in something very different. We spent about 2 hrs just cranking through the menu amazed by the unique delicate flavors. Ryohei was the most welcoming host (hope you love the Stereolob CD!). This place is a true gem that offers quality unique food at a very good value.

Pros: robust menu, fun, warm environment, unique flavors

Cons: not in SF!

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We are regulars--can't really get enough of Yakitori Totto. By far one of the best Japanese restaurants in NYC, serving perfect chicken skewers to drink with beer. The organic chicken is so good that unusual parts are delicious and shouldn't be missed (gizzard, liver, soft knee bone, tail) and even sashimi is wonderful. (We have brought many people here and anyone who tries the chicken sashimi loves it.) Skewered pork, prawns, vegetables and duck (when available) are also perfect. Dishes to complement the skewers that we love include kyona salad (with tiny fried fish and soft-cooked egg) and the best chicken soup you will find anywhere. Desserts are great too!

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★★★★★

We are regulars--can't really get enough of Yakitori Totto. By far one of the best Japanese restaurants in NYC, serving perfect chicken skewers to drink with beer. The organic chicken is so good that unusual parts are delicious and shouldn't be missed (gizzard, liver, soft knee bone, tail) and even sashimi is wonderful. (We have brought many people here and anyone who tries the chicken sashimi loves it.) Skewered pork, prawns, vegetables and duck (when available) are also perfect. Dishes to complement the skewers that we love include kyona salad (with tiny fried fish and soft-cooked egg) and the best chicken soup you will find anywhere. Desserts are great too!

Pros: great food

Cons: crowded

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I'm from Tokyo and I'm not the biggest fan of the places on St. Marks, so when I found Totto I was so ecstatic. It's clean and not smokey at all plus the food is really authentic, with just enough originality. Totally reminds me of the small restaurants in Tokyo. But like everyone says, it gets crowded so come early.

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★★★★★

I'm from Tokyo and I'm not the biggest fan of the places on St. Marks, so when I found Totto I was so ecstatic. It's clean and not smokey at all plus the food is really authentic, with just enough originality. Totally reminds me of the small restaurants in Tokyo. But like everyone says, it gets crowded so come early.

Pros: food, clean

Cons: small

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Although a little bit more pricey than the bland joints on St. Mark's, but the food here is definitely worth the extra few dollars. The yakitori (skewers) here is excellent and their sake collection is decent as well. This place was probably the most authentic Japanese restaraunt that I have been to in NY.

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★★★★★

Although a little bit more pricey than the bland joints on St. Mark's, but the food here is definitely worth the extra few dollars. The yakitori (skewers) here is excellent and their sake collection is decent as well. This place was probably the most authentic Japanese restaraunt that I have been to in NY.

Pros: food

Cons: wait

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I enjoyed every single bit of it, the food, the service, the crowd and the ambiance. I feel like I were in Tokyo. What to experience a bit of "Lost in Translation" buzz, come to this restaurant. I think it serves the best yakitori in town.

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★★★★☆

I enjoyed every single bit of it, the food, the service, the crowd and the ambiance. I feel like I were in Tokyo. What to experience a bit of "Lost in Translation" buzz, come to this restaurant. I think it serves the best yakitori in town.

Pros: great food, excellent ambiance, friendly

Cons: location

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A chain restaurant of the original in Tokyo. Their ingredients are fresh. Grilled to perfection. other japanese cooked foods are excellent as well. The decor is lacking, but its just good enough. Most people inside are Japanese, so thats gotta tell you something. Its really the best Yakitori in NY by far!
The only downside is that theres usually a long wait and you cant make a reservation after 7pm.

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★★★★★

A chain restaurant of the original in Tokyo. Their ingredients are fresh. Grilled to perfection. other japanese cooked foods are excellent as well. The decor is lacking, but its just good enough. Most people inside are Japanese, so thats gotta tell you something. Its really the best Yakitori in NY by far!
The only downside is that theres usually a long wait and you cant make a reservation after 7pm.

Pros: food, service

Cons: long wait, small place

 

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