Robataya NY

Robataya NY

Japanese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant · East Village
231 E 9th St (btwn Stuyvesant St & 2nd Ave), New York, NY 10003, United States
Open until 2:45 PM, reopens later (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • Noon–2:45 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:45 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 250 votes

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    Emily P.
    "best authentic japanese cuisine i've ever eaten in NY!"(6 Tips)
    "Snow crab dumplings are delicious as is salmon kamameshi (rice)."(3 Tips)
    Vivian C.
    "Get the cod, chicken meatballs, grilled mushrooms and pinenuts wrapped..."(2 Tips)
    Christina C.
    "The filet of cod was cooked to perfection."(2 Tips)
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  • Japanese food
  • salmon kamameshi
  • healthy food
  • sake
  • good for dates
  • cod
  • fish
  • crab
  • vegetarian food
  • good service
  • tasting menu
  • lively
  • communal seating
  • dumplings
  • cute
  • cozy
  • fillet steak
  • great value
  • miso soup
  • gluten-free food
  • Collette S.

    The sake is amaze. Sit at the counter and get Robatayaki: Zucchini, Satsumaimo (pumpkin), Fillet Steak, and Mune (chicken breast). And the dressing for the Green Salad is SO GOOD!

    Collette S · 1 week ago
  • Lauren F.

    Love this spot! Experience is always super fun at the counter. Food is okay, ambiance is on fleek.

    Lauren Fukano · 2 weeks ago
  • Vivian K.

    Great for special occasions, exceptional service.

    Vivian Kong · October 14
  • Guillo ..

    Good but pricey.

    Guillo ... · August 12
  • Cécile


    Cécile · June 28
  • Matthew M.

    Definitely try to sit at the bar. The chefs are cool.

  • Michelle C.

    Nice but too expensive...$37 for one shrimp?!?!?!!!

    Michelle Chung · June 19
  • Sue L.

    Hands down my favorite restaurant in the city- for the food and the ambiance. I loved it even more when it hadn't been bought out by Ootoya though.

    Sue Lee · June 8
  • Jessey W.

    One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Sit at the bar, order a nice saké and eat until you're full. Okra, mushrooms, grilled fish and crab are all a must.

  • Ryan C.

    A really fun and delicious experience! Get there early because they only keep a limited number of fresh ingredient on hand.

    Ryan C · May 20
  • Ryan C.

    A really fun and delicious experience! Go early because they keep a limited number of fresh ingredients on hand.

    Ryan C · May 20
  • Nicole T.

    All the vegetables!!

    Nicole Tseng · April 9
  • Chao

    Roasted whole porgy fish is fresh but a bit too salty. Good service.

    Chao · April 5
  • Kt L.

    Absolutely wonderful. The lobster cooked on the grill is fantastic. They serve you on long wooden paddles. Very authentic Japanese

    Kt Lacasse · January 18
  • Saif D.

    Amazing lunch specials.

    Saif Dia · January 8
  • Melissa C.

    Order the sweet potatoes on the Robatayaki menu.

    Melissa Chien · January 2
  • Christina W.

    Used to be my favorite place for great, authentic Japanese food at a great value, but since they changed owners the prices skyrocketed & the varied menu options disappeared. Hoping they bring it back!

    Christina W · December 31, 2014
  • Kimmie O.

    Kabuki is good

    Kimmie Ohh · December 29, 2014
  • Lucia S.

    Authentic Japanese restaurant.

    Lucia Silva y Cobo · December 2, 2014
  • Anna

    Also the green tea cheesecake is godly! The portions are small though

    Anna · November 29, 2014
  • Anna

    The salmon kamameshi is amazing!!! And the vibe is great. But the drinks are way overpriced and not filled to the top!

    Anna · November 29, 2014
  • hitgirl

    For bdays, they'll sing you a song and serve your bday dessert on a paddle if you sit on the counter. Really fun experience

    hitgirl · November 9, 2014
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    TV Food Maps · August 28, 2014
  • Cheryl

    Cute date spot with impeccable service. Try all the freshly grilled seafood and vegetables and watch them make it. Skip the rice pots.

    Cheryl · August 26, 2014
  • Susan K.

    Love their food. Esp the salmoe roe rice pot dish . Yum!

    Susan Kim · August 16, 2014
  • Miguel d.

    Kamameshi takes a half hour but it's worth the wait. Get all the grilled stuff you think you can eat and double down on a whole fish option if you think you're full

    Miguel de Leon · August 10, 2014
  • Dina

    A great japanese izakaya, bustling bar in front, quieter area with tables in back. Try dry stingray fins, a fantastic beer snack. Snow crab dumplings are delicious as is salmon kamameshi (rice).

    Dina · April 24, 2014
  • Jennifer D.

    Sublime salmon kamameshi

    Jennifer DeVone · February 16, 2014
  • Helen H.

    Make a reservation and ask to sit at the counter/bar. You won't be disappointed!

    Helen Huang · February 15, 2014
  • Alejandro H.

    If the food were half as good/original as the theme, concept and decor, it would be really something. As it is, the stage is set for a play that does not deliver.

    Alejandro Hoyo · February 5, 2014
  • Betty

    The grilled portabello mushrooms was a trip! Impressively simple and flavorful. Definitely trying more grilled veggies and seafood in our next visit!

    Betty · January 15, 2014
  • Mike O.

    The NYC sister of the Roppongi original. Similar lay out, way more seating. Stick with vegetables from the grill, meat/fish are tiny portions and $$$

    Mike O'Dea · January 14, 2014
  • Chez O.

    Sitting at the counter is a must but their best kept secret is their fried chicken.

    Chez Ong · December 11, 2013
  • John B.

    from owners of sagakura

    John Bigboote · December 1, 2013
  • Kane H.

    Slow service, mediocre food, disorganized staff. The cod was really good. That's about it.

    Kane Hsieh · October 25, 2013
  • Margarita F.

    Forbsure order the aspara alternative to the asparagus. :)

    Margarita Fakih · October 22, 2013
  • Kelly Yi-Yu C.

    Nice place for authentic Japanese robata:)) Love it!

    Kelly Yi-Yu Chen · October 11, 2013
  • Cassia N.

    Extremely small portions. Not a good place to eat if youre starving.

    Cassia Ng · September 8, 2013
  • Charlene

    Grab a table in the sky-lit back room. Lunch on Saturdays/Sundays offers grilled fishes as well as the uni ikura don. There is an appetizer bar with tsukemono, ohitashi, simmered root vegetables, etc.

    Charlene · August 31, 2013
  • Xuan

    Amazing restaurant, especially at the main table. All the mushrooms are really good.

    Xuan · August 26, 2013
  • Claudia N.

    Most beautiful Japanese restaurant. Freshest food. Cooked before your very eyes. Amazing

    Claudia Newman · August 19, 2013
  • tony c.

    Enjoy the Toto washlets in the bathrooms!

    tony chang · May 22, 2013
  • Official smart USA

    If you want to go to Japan, then buy a plane ticket. If you can’t, then go to Robataya. It’ll take your taste buds to the Far East without having to leave Manhattan.

    Official smart USA · May 20, 2013
  • Dan H.

    This place has a built in bidet in the guys bathroom. No opportunity to use it but did press the button and it didn't work.

    Dan Haxel · April 25, 2013
  • Serious Eats

    Fun and rowdy Japanese restaurant specializing in grilled items and seafood.

    Serious Eats · April 20, 2013
  • Joe D.

    Get a bit of sashimi, but make sure to tear through the rest of the menu (which is nothing short of heavenly). If you walk out thinking it's a sushi restaurant, you ordered wrong.

    Joe Dudas · April 6, 2013
  • Ellie D.

    One of my most happily spent $20-range lunches in NY. Robataya's uni/ikura don with unlimited pickles and veggies + miso soup made me indescribably happy and full.

    Ellie D · March 11, 2013
  • Kane L.

    Never skip the salmon + salmon roe kamameshi, topped with uni

    Kane Lee · January 23, 2013
  • Joshua P.

    Get the asparagus wrapped in fishcake and pine nuts. I know it sounds crazy strange and I don't even like fishcake but it's FREEKEN AWESOME.

    Joshua Polier · January 22, 2013
  • Gautam B.

    Stay away from meats here - fish and vegetables are the highlights. Sit by the front bar for the full experience. Miso Cod is outstanding, and finish your meal with one of the Kamameshi bowls

    Gautam Bahadur · January 8, 2013

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