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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 - 12:00 am
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Authentic Japanese yakitori

I chose to eat here for 2 reasons: 1. It was relatively close to my hotel and 2. It looked legit based on other reviews. So, in short, the food was tasty and I loved how the servers and cooks spoke in Japanese. It makes for an authentic feel that reminds me of eating in Japan. Worth a visit if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Rick L
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I chose to eat here for 2 reasons: 1. It was relatively close to my hotel and 2. It looked legit based on other reviews. So, in short, the food was tasty and I loved how the servers and cooks spoke in Japanese. It makes for an authentic feel that reminds me of eating in Japan. Worth a visit if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The food is absolutely delicious and you watch the chefs preparing the yakitori right in front of you! The appetisers are amazing, especially the gyoza and steamed bun! Although the restaurant is famed for its yakitori they are actually not as good as the appetisers they offer, they are tasty but we were slightly disappointed. We also had to wait... More 

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Last night we had a great meal at Yakitori Totto. The service was prompt and efficient and we only had to wait five minutes before being seated. For starters we had Gyozo, Shirauo Kara-age followed by various Yakitori skewers followed by Negi Tori Don. Very good and excellently cooked. very light and fresh. Great night out

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This is on our must-do list in the city. This visit did not disappoint. Everything was delicious and things came out quickly. Highly recommend the pork belly wrapped rice ball, chicken meatball, asparagus bacon, and the gyoza. Make a reservation or get in queue around 5.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Yakitori Totto

Address: 251 W 55th St, New York City, NY 10019
Phone Number: 212 245 4555
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
Cuisine: Japanese, Asian

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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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