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Yakitori Totto

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251 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019
212 245 4555
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5:30 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Blink and you'll miss it - so don't!

Tucked away at the top of the stairs, this small, Japanese restaurant serves some of the best sushi I've ever tasted. Be prepared for a wait as there isn't much seating. The waiters are a little gruff, but that is to be expected with an oriental restaurant. The food was excellent although... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Vera2208
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Florida
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Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Tucked away at the top of the stairs, this small, Japanese restaurant serves some of the best sushi I've ever tasted. Be prepared for a wait as there isn't much seating. The waiters are a little gruff, but that is to be expected with an oriental restaurant. The food was excellent although don't be fooled by the octopus in MILD... More 

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USA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

This was a special occasion - a birthday celebration for our son. He and his girlfriend, who are NYC residents, picked this one. We were visiting from New England for a long NYC weekend. The four of us walked to the restaurant, and climbed the 2 flights of steps. The restaurant did not have a table but took down a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

I agree with an earlier review titled 'Go for the food, avoid for the service'. Our first visit to Yakitori Totto was in 2012. While the service wasn't great on that first visit, we enjoyed the food and decided we'd give it another try during a recent weekend in NYC. A young woman greeted us on arrival and seated us... More 

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New York
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The skewers are extremely moist and the chicken meat is brought to its perfection. The staff is attentive and makes good suggestions. The only downsides are 1) it feels like a series of small appetizers, one after another, which makes you always to want more (but that is probably the style by nature), and 2) the wine selection, even though... More 

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New York City, New York, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This place is very small and very authentic. It can get super crowded at dinner and can be hard to get a reservation. But since it is delicious and shouldn't be missed, try it for lunch instead. :)

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New York City, New York
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22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Ten years ago general public was not even familiar with the meaning of Yakitori . Today all this daily specials become a theory . One off every 5 visits we are lucky to have taste of the full menu choices. I guess Japanese did a good job, to educate customers . Only one question why in Japan all this dishes... More 

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Singapore
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32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Great yakitori option in midtown - our only issue was that we got there a bit too late and some of the daily specials were sold out. We also ordered some of the non-yakitori items like the tuna sashimi and the chicken rice dumplings - both were good. But it is with the yakitori where this joint truly excels. If... More 

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バンクーバー, カナダ
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It's a quite authentic Japanese Izakaya style restaurant. Burbeque chicken skewers are so tasty, and there were many unique tapas style dishes in the menu which were good tast, too. Very comfortable about servers' hospitality, too.

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Toronto, Canada
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71 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great food, great ambiance and friendly staff. Had some choices of yakitori (11 sticks) for 2 ppl plus one beer and bill was $60 incl tips and tx. The chicken liver was the best choice so I recommend that. The pork belly was a bit too fatty for us. The asparagus bacon was also great. Compared to another japanese restaurant... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

There teriyaki chicken was excellent and the rice was freshly made. my wife really loved this place and the kids did as well. would return and eat here in future.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 251 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212 245 4555

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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