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Yakitori Totto

251 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
212 245 4555
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Ranked #682 of 11,653 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $20
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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
  • Any
English first
New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Still as good as been for several years. Authentic service which is a typical for same type of the restaurant in Japan. Sometimes you have a nice knowledgeable guy og girl and sometimes not so. The only problem that occurred more and more often they start to have "not available' for all the specialty items. For example Soft knee bonds... More

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Connecticut
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116 reviews 116 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This restaurant is on the second floor of what appears to be a hole in the wall. The decor is red, black and dark. We were seated at the chef's station where we were able to watch the preparation. Each item only took 3-4 minutes to cook. We ordered the double bacon skewers, duck with scallion, pork necks, chicken meatballs,... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We have a love-hate relationship with this wonderful place. No reservations after 7pm but as musicians 10pm-midnight is our usual dinner time. Without reservations the wait can be quite challenging. Smelling the enticing aroma of the superb grilling and watching people eat can be somewhat unpleasant. That said, the grilled stuff is really good and the tofu and salads are... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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173 reviews 173 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I took my wife and two young children for dinner here on a weekend getaway to NYC. It's a fun place. While the restaurant is small, the tables thankfully are not crammed together and you actually do have your own personal space. The main focus of the restaurant is yakitori- small skewers of meat and vegetables grilled over charcoal. You... More

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

This is the best Japanese grill in Manhattan. Its always heaving with a mixture of Japanese, businessmen and locals and the food is always fun, fresh and delicious. The Kyona & Jyako salad is amazing (fried little fish, raw egg and greens) and the skewers are incredible (try the garlic, the liver, the heart and the skin). Hard to find... More

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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
7 helpful votes 7 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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