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Robataya NY

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East Village
Japanese, Asian, Grill
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231 E. 9th St, New York City, NY 10003
212-979-9676
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6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant with our Japanese friend. We sat at the counter which is a very good experience as you can see the chefs preparing the food for you and you can even pick from the fresh products in front of you, eg. the fish or vegetables you like. It is all really authentic and a great atmosphere.... More 

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Thank Mali0788
Reston, Virginia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

It's well worth it. There you can watch your meal cooked to perfection ... no gimmicks. The food is fresh and the flavor is amazing. They don't rely on spices or garnish. it's real food prepared very well. And a great social experience.

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Thank Scott C
Florence, Italy
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

love this restaurant because you get to see they have truly traditional japanese food.. We shared some dishes and the food is delicious! I strongly recommend the Aspara bou (asparagus), the crab kamameshi and the ginger ice cream fabulous place! ♥

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Thank fleurentina87
Rome
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103 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

There are so many excellent japanese restaurants for sashimi in NY. So, if you are interested in more traditional cooking in a true Japanese atmosphere, try this one. If you are two , or alone , ask a seat at the counter. For 4 or more you should sit a the tables . At the counter you will have the... More 

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Thank JJGRome
Newmanstown, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

My Japanese stepmother introduced me to this place years ago and I have visited numerous times since then. Great ramen and soba, delicious bento box options. Fantastic service and casual ambiance. Big local presence. If you are in the East Village, give it a try.

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Thank Kate J
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

Went there for my birthday, cause I only spurge on an expensive meal on a special occasion. The sashimi was really fresh. We had the blue fin tuna, yellow tail and sea bass. I love that we didn't have salmon even that's one of my favorite sashimi but I feel like I can have that anywhere. The grill meat and... More 

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Thank Mabel S
New York City, New York
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44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

As you walk in, you see baskets of fresh vegetables and whole fish on ice. You select your food and it is cooked as you watch, if you are seated at the bar in the front of the restaurant. Great fun. I had a cornetfish. It was thin and round and about two and a half feet long. It had... More 

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Thank Limoncelloh
Mississauga, Canada
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Specialty of this restaurant is the grilled items. Reserve a spot at the grilling area and see the chefs cook in front of you. All the fresh ingredients are laid out in front of you. Food was excellent. We ordered the whole fish, steak, various vegetables and the King Crab from the grilling section and the Kamameshi, rice with eel... More 

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Thank Karen P
Grand Cayman
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Lovely Restaurant, very unique décor and food. I would have loved to know that you have to ask to be seated at the bar to actually get the table front cooking experience. Our experience was great never the less, while we waited for out table we got to see a few minutes how they prepared the food. I would recommend... More 

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Thank bellastroh
New York City, New York
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

Friendly service, everyone greeted in Japanese the minute we walked in and when we left the restaurant. It has a lively vibe. The first room, is bar seatings where you can see the chef preparing the food on the grill, the second room behind is more private with table seating. The fish are all very fresh, beautifully presented and perfectly... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $100
Cuisine
Japanese, Asian, Grill
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 11:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 E. 9th St, New York City, NY 10003
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-979-9676

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