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Robataya NY

$$ - $$$
East Village
Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Grill
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231 E 9th St, New York City, NY 10003-7536
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Closed now
All 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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Hong Kong, China
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117 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Returned to NYC recently to savour old neighbourhood haunts. Robataya is excellent. Sushi Sashimi Grilled Veg/Seafood/Meats - everything on-display prior to choosing. Super-Fresh. We always sit at the bar to provide an unobstructed view of the chefs grilling-away. The Tokyo sister Resto is also good but is full of ExPats. NYC has a great mixed crew w many Asians -... More 

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

we spent a frieday evening at the robataya and will surely come back. we chose the large menue with a selecti n of fish and meat, sahimi and sushi, soup and vegetables. the sake wine to go along with it was of great quality. it is a place suited bothfor a casual dinner with friends as well as business. a... More 

Thank Martin S
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank Mali0788
Reston, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

1 Thank Scott C
Florence, Italy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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! ♥

Thank fleurentina87
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Newmanstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Kate J
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Mabel S
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $100
Japanese, Asian, Sushi, Grill
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:00 pm - 11:45 pm
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 10003-7536
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > East Village
  • Neighborhood: East Village
  • Phone Number: 212-979-9676

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