OOTOYA

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Union Square, New York
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  • Chenyu
    ChenyuOctober 16, 2015
    Try the less known Greenwich village location - 11th & university place. Less line & same great Japanese food! The red bean Mochi dessert is amazing :) can't go wrong with any set
  • D N.
    D NSeptember 28, 2014
    The set of tonkatsu with brown rice and a yakitori made of breast of meat with plum sauce and shiso. Everything was perfect. I recommend this place to everyone who enjoys the classic japanese food.
  • Sam S.
    Sam SDecember 5, 2015
    Delicious Japanese food. I enjoyed the yasai kurozu (fried vegetables in sauce) and the katsu toji (pork katsu w/ egg and broth). The service was fast and efficient. Get the autumn sundae for dessert.
  • Aleson H.
    Aleson HoOctober 20, 2015
    My knowledge of authentic Japanese food is limited, but the food here is delicious & comforting. I love a place that serves good fish. It's winter now, so they also have hot wine on the drink list. :P
  • paisley
    paisleyMarch 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    For dinner don't miss the Tsukune- chicken meatball to start. It's in the Yakitori Ju box for lunch. Kaasan Ni is great for lunch or dinner. Listen to the waiter for specials & take their advice
  • Jin M.
    Jin MoonMay 29, 2015
    The miso udon and fried buta juto was really good! Earl grey tea ice cream taste very strong so if you don't drink earl grey often, you might get turned off by its taste. It has a floral aftertaste.
  • Nik M.
    Nik MittelsdorfJanuary 10
    Popular Japanese Joint. The Chirashi was really good, quality of the fish was superb. Egg custard, which comes with dishes, is incredible. Also to note this is a Non-Tipping restaurant.
    Upvoted Jul 13
  • Ina L.
    Ina LiApril 1, 2015
    Authentic, fairly priced, fresh materials, variety of selection of don and bento set for lunch! The salmon sushi set and marinated beef are recommended! Also try their tofu salad
  • Gabriela Z.
    Everything was super yummy! The marinated beef was super juicy and great taste also I recommend to try the Unagi (eel) donabi and the mochi which was one of the best mochi.
  • Jenny U.
    Jenny UngDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Love the Shima Hokke. It's a homey meal, fish like your mom would make. I always get it and it's always good! Also for lunch, I love the Mini Salmon Don set that comes with a side of soba noodles.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneAugust 9, 2013
    Hanabi don=screamingly fresh served with side of steamed egg custard, vege tofu miso soup and vege pickles. Bit pricey at $27 but authentic atmosphere, staff and ambience. Quality not quantity here.
  • Zlata Z.
    Zlata ZubenkoJune 6, 2016
    Miso Katsu Don – the stuff on the right is part of a "set": soup, pickled veggies and savory egg custard. Delish but way too much food for one. Get it to share.
  • Winson W.
    Winson WongFebruary 2, 2015
    Love this place. Really solid Japanese food with good variety. I usually get the chirashi set but the pork cutlets are also amazing. Reasonably priced for great quality Japanese food. Super crowded!
  • Cathy 🐳
    Cathy 🐳March 11, 2013
    A hidden gem on 18th street nearby a few of my favorite places like City Bakery and Paper Presentation. Large portions of delicious Japanese food that come in cute lunch sets. Friendly staff!
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LauJune 26, 2016
    Wait time could take be insane but perfect for an one person dinner, I've always ordered the chirashi which is awesome, but everything else look great too.
  • Ed S.
    Ed SngMarch 1
    Their signature chirashi bowl was incredible. The tuna sashimi melted in my mouth and the uni was salty goodness. The steamed egg custard was a great start.
  • David G.
    David GreenbergerOctober 11, 2013
    Whole place is an adventure.Everything we got = fantastic. Yakatori Chicken meatballs, chicken thigh, mini sashimi bowl and soboro kan (minced chicken w rice, onion. Great place to try something new
  • Linda C.
    Linda ChowJune 26, 2015
    Best, authentic home cooking Japanese food! Cozy and great for dates. Everything here is tasty, but the fish sets are amazing. The yuzu and fuji apple sorbets are refreshing and underrated.
  • Olivia Z.
    Olivia Z.October 28, 2015
    Amazing sets for dinner with so much yummy food for a reasonable price. There's katsu in different ways and also the salads are tasty.
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangSeptember 29, 2013
    All sorts of great japanese comfort food. A tad pricy but it sure is good. I'd definitely get the Oyakodon and some yakitori!
    Upvoted Jul 13
  • Andrew P.
    Andrew PerezFebruary 24
    Friendly staff, but an intimidating menu if you're going for the first time. Don't be afraid of the egg custard because it's the actual best.
  • Lily F.
    Lily FJanuary 15, 2016
    The lunch specials are outstanding, worth the money and quick! The small bowl of salmon sashimi over rice and udon was so wonderful! The egg custard is also so wonderful!
  • Mischa
    MischaApril 13, 2015
    Best Japanese place in the area! I can say with the menu set you can skip appetizers, but order one to share anyways. And the flavor of the rice is just incomparable.
  • Cote Media
    Cote MediaMarch 13, 2015
    Portions are humongous. The hot Yuzu drinks are outstanding. We had both the fish and chicken (on top of everything) and they were both terrific. Great spot all around.
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanAugust 20, 2013
    Awesome spot for an early lunch. Closer to noon the line isn't as bad. Get the tofu salad to share. You won't regret it. Love all the lunch specials and hotpots.
  • Rommy N.
    Rommy NalonJanuary 21, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Japanese comfort food. Gluten-free friendly b/c they use rice starch instead of wheat flour in many of their dishes: chicken tatsuta & home made tofu. Delish! :)
  • Chris K.
    Chris KonecnyFebruary 26, 2015
    Amazing experience. Real Japanese food. First time. Not sure how to describe. Just go. With an open mind. Kaasan Ni was recommended to me by a local for next time.
  • Fatma G.
    Fatma GencSeptember 30, 2015
    Delicious and most satisfying Japanese food. Try the sushi salmon bowl, including miso soup and egg custard ❤️
  • Quinton M.
    Quinton MaJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the kaisen don set and chicken wing yakitori (shio or salt are both good)...only things I'd pass on here: Beef/Cheese croquettes and meatball yakitori
  • Zlata Z.
    Zlata ZubenkoJune 6, 2016
    Mini Soboro Don set. Shredded chicken over rice with extras (miso soup, custard and pickled veggies). Tasty!
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 11, 2013
    Japanese chain with a knack for home-style cooking. The menu includes ramen and sushi, but you're here for the teishoku.
  • Domo
    DomoJune 29, 2013
    This place offers fine Japanese cuisine, but is not a traditional izakaya (居酒屋). Gyu-don here is burger patties and mashed potato served on rice. Try the grilled mackerel if you're a seafood fan.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaDecember 10, 2014
    "Kaasan ni" literally means "mother simmer" -- aka something your Japanese mom would make. Get it, its very hearty!
  • Peter C.
    Peter Cuce2 weeks ago
    Been here 5+ times
    A fancier version of a Japanese teishoku (set meal) restaurant. My favorites are the set meals with fish. Food is delicious in a homestyle way.
  • Michael L.
    Everything was amazing. We had a combo of skewers sashimi and miso, all were fantastic. Plus a complimentary cup of tea at the end!
  • Teddy L.
    Teddy LuApril 5, 2015
    one of my favorite restaurants in chelsea. great food, good prices, and great service. the mackeral dishes are my favorite but everything is good.
  • Jenny C.
    Jenny ChanOctober 21, 2013
    Great Japanese home style food. Very authentic. Get the cooked foods set! So tasty, great quality and good price. Don't forget to try the yakitoris!!!
  • Ethan C.
    Ethan CDecember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pricier and fancier than ones in Japan but still reasonable for Manhattan. Authentic and healthy. Pay the extra few dollars and get the "Set".
  • Aysen
    AysenApril 11, 2016
    I ordered Maguro Yamakake( Fin Tuna&Sea Urchin Salad) as appetizer and Salmon Saikyo Set as main dish. Both were very delicious, very Japanese!
  • Teresa L.
    Teresa LeeMarch 13, 2013
    If you're not too hungry or just like variety, flip to the last page of the menu and order a mini "don" set! Perfect amount of food
  • T
    TMarch 16, 2014
    Don't get there too late because some of the best items like the homemade tofu will be all gone.
  • Renin B.
    Renin BiriJanuary 10, 2015
    Really good wagyu beef. Go for the set and try seaweed on the rice. If you're not a fan of chicken with skin, Kasaan Ni is not for you.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CJuly 22, 2015
    Delicious and fresh sashimi! Really pleasant and attentive service. Hot towels given pre-eating!
  • Veronica U.
    Veronica UribeSeptember 3, 2016
    Salmon sushi bowl & chicken mini tori were amazing. Family friendly and great service
  • Robyn E.
    Robyn ExtonOctober 13, 2015
    Fantastic food - soups are great. Tofu starter with salt is .... Interesting
  • Damon S.
    Excellent service and good quality for the price. The salt mackerel was very traditional. Great tonkatsu selection
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingAugust 6, 2014
    Super authentic Japanese food and experience. I would say it's slightly over the top. The food is good but prepare yourself for a large bill.
  • Lapo B.
    Lapo BKJanuary 27, 2016
    This is my go to restaurant when I want to recharge the body. Everything I've had here is (consistently) yummy and guilt free!
  • Pat H.
    Pat HuJanuary 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    This Tokyo chain is like an upscale Japanese NYC diner. The extensive menu covers katsu, soba, udon, sashimi, yakitori and more. Quality all around.
  • Sheena L.
    Sheena LinDecember 31, 2013
    Definitely one of the most authentic Japanese meals I've had. Would definitely come again!
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