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Yakitori Totto

251 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
212 245 4555
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Ranked #762 of 11,623 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Asian, Japanese
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Manhattan
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

It was already about my 5th time there and I was always excited about the food. The entrance might be a little hard to find (a small door and one flight of stairs lead to the restaurant on the 2nd floor) and you might have to wait a little to be seated but the food there is well worth it.... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

You can tell by the queue outside of this small upstairs restaurant ... It's worth the wait. In our few days in NYC we've been there twice, not that we can't get decent yakitori in Singapore, but we really loved the experience and quality of Yakitori Totto. Highly recommended orders are the chicken stuff, chicken oysters, gizzard, skin, momo, knee... More

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Key West, Florida
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is super small, so you are guaranteed a 30-45 minute wait every time, regardless of the day of the week. But the food is well worth the wait. I suggest being adventurous with your choices and trying items you either (a) have never had before or (b) have never heard of. The portions are small and easy to... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

As a frequent business traveler to NYC, I am always looking for new places to try, and where I can dine alone. This place is a great change of pace from a sushi bar or steakhouse bar. All I had was yakitori, and each selection was very good. Fresh ingredients, clean flavors, cooked perfectly. The standout was the chicken "oyster."... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Made reservations a month in advance. Arrived to our table waiting for us. Very small inside- so make reservations or plan on waiting. My friends were skeptical of this place at first but then were commenting on how good everything was! I am a more adventurous eater :) We ordered the house cold sake which was excellent! Started with the... More

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Long Island NY
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125 reviews 125 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We went with my 2 teens to try new foods who are often reluctant to try new foods. The non yakitori dishes were the biggest hit because they were so beautifully prepared. Our favorite was the cold tofu that came with 4 sides to season it with.

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Savannah, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Me and my cousin were visiting NYC, then googled Anthony Bourdain Fav restaurants in NYC. Yakitori Totto came up. This place is amazing. I have not had chicken hearts in a while, and boy are they good. Highly Recommend Tako Wasa, Shiitake, Hatsu, dumplings, rice ball (had mine with spicy cod roe, yum) Negi tori don. Also dessert are great!... More

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Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa, Japan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Excellent yakitori in the heart to Manhattan, really recommend it, it is like going to your best local yakitori/izagaya in Tokyo. The food is fresh and wonderful.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

A fan of Japan's yakitori's, I had the opportunity to dine here on a quiet night, on my own. My wife and I had tried before, without a reservation and it was packed. At the bar, I enjoyed watching the Chefs do their thing, and the food was excellent, Japan-style, ordering item by item. I had a spiced cucumber appetizer... More

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New York City, New York
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

They serves 'torinegi-don' with sprinkled uncooked Sake to destroy all any other flavors. They said to me "It is Mirin.". I am Japanese even my family business is 'Sake store'. Of course I know the difference of taste between Sake and Mirin. Or they abused me to take unwanted Sake to my body with my money, didn't they? I want... More

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