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Yakitori Totto

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$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Midtown
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251 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019
+1 212-245-4555
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Today
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 01:00
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 00:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 01:00
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New York City, New York
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bit pricey but truly the best yakitori I've ever had. Keep going back once a while. Same as most Japanes restaurants in NYC, it won't be very romantic as there's not many space from table to table. And might be a bit noisy. Must try to chicken skin and beef tougue and you can tell the difference from other... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

I had heard very very good things about Yakitori Totto and was wondering if it could live up to the hype, the answer was yes it definitely could. We arrived there about 20 mins after it had opened for dinner to be told we only have seats at the bar available (it gets busy fast so booking a table might... More 

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Thank Chris M
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

Went with my daughter for a light and fresh dinner. Dining area is small and crowded which lends to the friendly atmosphere. Small single skewers of grilled vegetables, seafood, and meat are tasty and fresh. Fun to watch the guys grilling at the bar! Bacon wrapped asparagus were our favorites!

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Thank Debra B
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

My family and I have been patrons of this restaurant for over 13 years, and have never been so affronted and offended by the staff at this restaurant. Never in all my experiences here, good and bad, have I been treated in this utterly disgusting manner. I am so truly disappointed. I understand that this is a popular restaurant, averaging... More 

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Thank Andy T
Brooklyn, New York
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

Japanese yakitori is always delicious and consistent. What I liked about this spot is that, even though it is the same style of food as many other yakitori locations, the quality of the food here is top notch. Can't go wrong with the Wagyu beef or lamp chop! Eel don was also delicious and omg they have a DIY grapefruit... More 

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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113 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

This is not a place for chicken skewer. However, they do have a few highlights: (1) Agedashi Tofu: i.e. codl soy sauce tofu (2) Tsukune: meatball (3) Skirt steak: the best that I have had (4) eel Don't order the following ones (1) any thing about chicken (2) anything about exotic items such as beef tongue (3) don't order pork... More 

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Thank Shiny Z
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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375 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We were not disappointed! Stick to chicken skewers here and you will be pleased. All the skewers had a nice char and good seasoning. Favorites include chicken skin, neck, and cartilage. If you want something more filling, try the ochazuke- a rice dish with hot tea.

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Thank Amy W
Dwight, Canada
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40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Very good. Their main downfall is they are too busy. I felt a little rushed and did not enjoy that all the people waiting in line were watching me eat. Yakitori was very good despite electric grill. Karaage had bone - where are we, Kushiro??

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Thank MTLbikeman
Saint Louis, Missouri
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208 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016

I saw so many good review about this place and yes this restaurant is very busy and recommended ti have a reservation. However just prepare with the quality of food, although it is acceptable but non WOW.

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Thank Vincent H
Basel, Switzerland
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33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This is a fabulous place. The food is delicious, you sit at the counter and watch how they prepare new delicacies, you can then decide what may be worth to try. The atmosphere is very authentic, most of the patrons are Japanese, and all staff members are from Japan anyhow. Make sure you have a reservation (although it would be... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 00:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 01:00
Saturday
17:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 251 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-245-4555

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