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“Intricate and refined Japanese ”
Review of Kyo Ya

Kyo Ya
Ranked #3,138 of 13,569 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: East Village
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

My only complaint was that it took a while to get the meal going once we ordered. The place is beautifully decored. We sat at the bar and oogled the food as it passed by serving those who ordered ahead and opted for the Kaiseki style courses. My favorite dishes involved seafood mixes that had uni, shrimp, crab, and eggs. The sashimi was good but not great. The sale was very nice and they have a lot of options. Pricey but the quality of seafood is apparent with every bite.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed April 2, 2016

I visited Kyo-ya with four friends. We had tried to make a reservation of dinner four times, but I could not before. We were very happy to succeed in making a reservation this time, and fortunately, we got a semi-private room which had just been cancelled just before we arrived at the restaurant.
We ordered course menus 'Kaiseki Menu' consisting of 11 menus. The dishes were mainly seafood and seasonal vegetables, and they were delicious with nice presentations.
The total cost including lots of popular Sake 'Dassai' we had was $250 p.p. including tax and tip. This was more reasonable than expected from the quality of meals and Michelin Star restaurant. This restaurant, which does not have many tables, is highly recommendable. The reservation is not so easy though.

Date of visit: March 2016
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Reviewed February 20, 2016

in a quite and unassuming space situated below the street level; Kyo-ya offers a wonderful evening to lovers of Japanese food. the service is unobtrusive and helpful; the saki list is long and your server can offer suggestions for each course. there is a menu and sushi can be order but come for Kaiseki, a traditional, mutlicourse meal of the chief's selection. it is offered at 3 price levels; we always take the middle option, which includes sushi and generally is a bit much for the wife. The preparation and presentation are exceptional. It is expensive but this is a full evening; you will want to linger. The restaurant is small; reservations are essential.Compared to Japan the restaurant offers good value.

Date of visit: January 2016
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Reviewed December 27, 2015

We went for the kaiseki tasting menu which is pricey at $150 per.

Can't say I was impressed- it was good but for the price I'd either go a la carte as their menu items looked interesting.

Yuzu sake and the peanut miso were terrific and the tomezakana- which was pear snow crab and scallop were excellent but much of it is ok. And for these prices ($150 not including drinks) you expect more. Especially disappointing was the roasted mushroom and rice - which tasted like- well- mushrooms and rice.

The service is also incredibly slow so that you have finished one course and are waiting in some cases 20 min or half an hour for the next. The ambience is nice but not particularly captivating.

Not really a recommend for top line Japanese.

Date of visit: October 2015
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Thank bowdoinham
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Reviewed October 28, 2015

A small, unassuming traditional Japanese restaurant based on wonderfully fresh ingredients and a traditional but young master chef's touch. The menu is sophisticated yet clear. A must.

Date of visit: October 2015
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