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Robataya NY

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East Village
Japanese, Seafood, Grill
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231 E. 9th St, New York City, NY 10003
212-979-9676
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Good for:
Entertaining clients

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  • 15
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  • 21
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  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Entertaining

As you walk in, you see baskets of fresh vegetables and whole fish on ice. You select your food and it is cooked as you watch, if you are seated at the bar in the front of the restaurant. Great fun. I had a cornetfish. It was thin and round and about two and a half feet long. It had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Limoncelloh
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New York City, New York
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  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Dessert
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41 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

As you walk in, you see baskets of fresh vegetables and whole fish on ice. You select your food and it is cooked as you watch, if you are seated at the bar in the front of the restaurant. Great fun. I had a cornetfish. It was thin and round and about two and a half feet long. It had... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Specialty of this restaurant is the grilled items. Reserve a spot at the grilling area and see the chefs cook in front of you. All the fresh ingredients are laid out in front of you. Food was excellent. We ordered the whole fish, steak, various vegetables and the King Crab from the grilling section and the Kamameshi, rice with eel... More 

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Grand Cayman
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Lovely Restaurant, very unique décor and food. I would have loved to know that you have to ask to be seated at the bar to actually get the table front cooking experience. Our experience was great never the less, while we waited for out table we got to see a few minutes how they prepared the food. I would recommend... More 

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Friendly service, everyone greeted in Japanese the minute we walked in and when we left the restaurant. It has a lively vibe. The first room, is bar seatings where you can see the chef preparing the food on the grill, the second room behind is more private with table seating. The fish are all very fresh, beautifully presented and perfectly... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

To have your good meal here is really entertainment. Very good service and atmosphere. Food is very good. Price is a bit high.

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Milan, Italy
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I was with my girlfriend in this Japanese restaurant "TRUE" for the second time, I have to go there when I'm in NYC, they are very professional and the food is absolutely perfect if you love the real sushi. Carefully prepared before your eyes, go for a truly unique experience. One thing to point out the time, the restaurant closes... More 

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New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We loved you when we could have a beautiful Japanese meal with friends in a convivial setting where we could talk and laugh and hear ourselves. Then you renovated and took out the panels separating the front and back rooms and let all the noise drown out our conversation. Worst of all, what have you done with the cooking??? The... More 

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Milan, Italy
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

i visited this restaurant in June 2014, the location is original because you see when the chef prepare the food, the quality is very good and i love the "style" of this place. I suggest to who want a different restaurant in NYC!

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I been dining in many Robata Grills in Japan and when Robataya first open the door for the customers I was pleased to become a regular.Over the year off course Robata chefs come and go several times . Some of them are very good and some a bit slow.On our last dinner we have new guy and he was very... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

my family and many of my friends are fans of this restaurant. we come here for dinner and lunch, especially weekend lunch(since three years ago, almost every weekend). the set lunch were one of the MUST eat on our list, plus some side orders.Food tast delicious, authentic, and reasonable price. But, after the place renovated, this place does not serve... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 231 E. 9th St, New York City, NY 10003
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-979-9676

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Seafood, Grill

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients

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