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“A true taste of Japan in NYC” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Robataya NY

Robataya NY
231 E. 9th St, New York City, NY 10003 (East Village)
212-979-9676
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Ranked #2,604 of 11,776 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Grill
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Good for: Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Neighborhood: East Village
New York City, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“A true taste of Japan in NYC”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

This is truly a unique restaurant -- its only other mate is in Tokyo.

There are two dining areas -- a back room which is quiet and sedate, and a large front room with a counter, which is where all the "action" is. There are two chefs in the front room, surrounded by plates of fresh ingredients -- veggies, fish (covered with ice) -- and then cooking grills in between. Your waiter will take the order and then stand in front of the chefs and shout out each dish -- and then the chefs will acknowledge each dish with a similar shout.

The food is different -- not the usual sushi and sashimi -- and all very tasty, but served in small portions. A large variety of sake, both hot and cold, is available. Ask your waiter for recommendations. We had an unfiltered Nigori which was delicious.'

You will leave satiated but not stuffed -- and your wallet will definitely be thinner as well. Expect to spend a minimum of $100pp or much more.

Go and enjoy and experience this place -- it is very very different.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Queens Village, New York
1 review
“Excellent Food & Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Definitely sit in the front counter where you are served your food and drinks. Excellent food and experience.

Visited October 2013
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Watertown, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Delicious Japanese Fodo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Lots of Japanese getting yelled from the servers to the cooks. All the food was delicious. Of course, you would want larger portions of this deliciousness, but they give you a decent amount for the price. The quality is outstanding and the servers really let you know what is good even if it is expensive.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A must try”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The food is fresh and delicious. We went for dinner and sat at the bar - the order process is entertaining by itself. We had items from the grill selection as well as from the kitchen, and everything was excellent. Ordered the grilled black cod, prawns (the largest I've ever seen) and enoki mushrooms - recommend all of them. I've also been there for lunch and it is much quieter - they don't do the usual dinner "show".

Visited June 2013
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New York City
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“And Now For Something Completely Different”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Very different kind of restaurant. Actually, never been anywhere like it. Instead of a sushi bar, they have a cooking bar where you watch the chefs cook the food. They put on quite a show, which makes it really fun; food is cooked to order and handed to diners on long paddles. Wonderful assortment of veggies, fish and meats along with excellent saki. While most items on the menu are well priced, it is easy to run up a big tab because everything is so good. Food is fresh and quality is excellent; so is the service. This is the kind of restaurant you will not find in most cities. Worth the trip to the east village.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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