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Minamoto Kitchoan

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509 Madison Ave, Between 52nd and 53rd, New York City, NY 10020-2303
(212) 489-3747
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon 11:00 am - 11:00 am
Tue - Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 7
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Have you ever tried real Japanese Mochi?

If you haven't had the real mochi--not the prepackaged in plastic kind--you should stop by for a sample. It is so delicate, soft and it will remind you of mochi you can buy in Japan. Try the green tea and also the white peach. Don't forget to stop at Royce (silky smooth Japanese chocolate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Savannah, Georgia
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Savannah, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you haven't had the real mochi--not the prepackaged in plastic kind--you should stop by for a sample. It is so delicate, soft and it will remind you of mochi you can buy in Japan. Try the green tea and also the white peach. Don't forget to stop at Royce (silky smooth Japanese chocolate) right next door for more samples!!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This was a very interesting sweet shop. I am always intrigued by authentic Japanese sweet shops. The way they display their samples is unique. We bought an assortment of items from this shop. Some were great, some were odd. We had: Hakutou Jelly - the hubby liked this, it wasn't my favorite. It was too sweet and had too much... More 

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Thank Jaimee A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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109 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This really is a special bakery shop! They have all sorts of traditional red bean, green tea mochi and other kinds that will just blow you out of the water! I really haven't been to another Japanese bakery like this place, and its a great place to treat yourself to some sweet snacks or buy some for gifts! Totally worth... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

If you are a Mochi lover (and I don't mean the little mushy bits that people put on their Pinkberry Ice cream...), you have GOT to try Minamoto Kitchoan. Even if you don't like Mochi (or never tried it), you should walk in just for the beautiful display. Every piece is artfully displayed, perfectly decorated, and--if you eat it--amazingly delicious.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I've only been to New York twice, but I have always returned to this shop and will always do so. Authentic japanese treats, beautifully displayed and wrapped. A little Japan in the heart of New York City. It is a bit pricy, but all is forgotten once you eat one of these treats. I always buy a couple of gift... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Every time I go to New York or SanFran I go to Kitchoan. The wagashi ( japanese sweets) is usually taken with tea, but I love it with coffee. Presentation is elegant, and beautiful- an art of Japanese confectionery. Love the Monaka (azuki bean filling ) between two layers; dorayaki $ 18.00-5 pcs$ .Their Baumkuchen- $ 27.00 (circular cake resembling... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

My boyfriend and I stumbled upon Minamoto when walking to Central Park a few weeks ago, and we are hooked! It looks like a jewelry store inside, all the pastries are in lighted cases and presented beautifully. If you're buying a gift box of a dozen items, it may be pricey but for just one or two items it's less... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Nicely wrapped, beautiful looking and delicious Japanese with a big price tag. Worth trying once when you are in New York City. Will make nice gifts too. The environment in the store also gives you the feeling of being in Japan. The staff is friendly and helpful, especially if you are trying for the first time.

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1 Thank Srinala
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The store sells authentic traditional-style Japanese snacks/treats. I typically buy them for my parents when I visit them as snacks are not sold everywhere in the US. It is not cheap (it is not cheap in Japan either) and usually given as a gift.

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New York City, New York, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Really nice wagashi. I liked their seasonal persimmon wagashi. Even their mochi with red bean (the long leaf / fish shaped one) is better than the normal one. Very tasty. Eat them with tea.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 509 Madison Ave, Between 52nd and 53rd, New York City, NY 10020-2303
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 489-3747

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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