Robataya NY

Robataya NY

Japanese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Emily P.
    "best authentic japanese cuisine i've ever eaten in NY!"(6 Tips)
    Dina
    "Snow crab dumplings are delicious as is salmon kamameshi (rice)."(3 Tips)
    Vivian C.
    "Get the cod, chicken meatballs, grilled mushrooms and pinenuts wrapped..."(3 Tips)
    Gautam B.
    "... the full experience. Miso Cod is outstanding, and finish your meal with..."(2 Tips)
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  • Eric
    EricJanuary 6
    Rustic, authentic robataya. Sit at the counter and watch the itamaesan at work.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJanuary 2
    Uni sashimi $20 for 4 pieces, whole grilled seasonal fish $30, crab and seaweed appetizer were all super fresh. Book ahead esp if you want omakase.
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MoroDecember 18, 2016
    Super authentic, meaning high quality and small portions. Hence why Japanese people are so skinny.
  • Linh
    LinhAugust 20, 2016
    Best Japanese grill in lower Manhattan!
  • Kathleen Y.
    Kathleen YanolatosAugust 6, 2016
    Alas this place used to be so much better. Skip it and go to one of the better nearby Japanese restaurants instead.
  • John S.
    John SheffieldApril 18, 2016
    Sit at the bar to watch the chefs cook. Amazing.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniMarch 16, 2016
    Miso cod, chicken meatball, asparago, tofu salad, market fish, pork belly. Get a seat at the bar.
  • Fortune C.
    Fortune CookieMarch 12, 2016
    Always safer to make a reservation
  • Caroline
    CarolineJanuary 21, 2016
    Come here and watch your meal be cooked right in front of you. The fresh fish and vegetables are handpicked and cooked to perfection. So amazing.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GaudenziJanuary 5, 2016
    Don't come here if you're hungry portions are child sized with an adult price tag
  • Collette S.
    Collette SNovember 17, 2015
    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!
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FukanoNovember 9, 2015
    Love this spot! Experience is always super fun at the counter. Food is okay, ambiance is on fleek.
  • Vivian K.
    Vivian KongOctober 14, 2015
    Great for special occasions, exceptional service.
  • Guillo ..
    Guillo ...August 12, 2015
    Good but pricey.
  • Cécile
    CécileJune 28, 2015
    Overpriced.
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaJune 27, 2015
    Definitely try to sit at the bar. The chefs are cool.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChungJune 19, 2015
    Nice but too expensive...$37 for one shrimp?!?!?!!!
  • Sue L.
    Sue LeeJune 8, 2015
    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.
  • Jessey W.
    Jessey White-CinisMay 22, 2015
    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.
  • RC
    RCMay 20, 2015
    A really fun and delicious experience! Get there early because they only keep a limited number of fresh ingredient on hand.
  • RC
    RCMay 20, 2015
    A really fun and delicious experience! Go early because they keep a limited number of fresh ingredients on hand.
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TsengApril 9, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    All the vegetables!!
  • Chao
    ChaoApril 5, 2015
    Roasted whole porgy fish is fresh but a bit too salty. Good service.
  • Kt L.
    Kt LacasseJanuary 18, 2015
    Absolutely wonderful. The lobster cooked on the grill is fantastic. They serve you on long wooden paddles. Very authentic Japanese
  • Saif D.
    Saif DiaJanuary 8, 2015
    Amazing lunch specials.
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa ChienJanuary 2, 2015
    Order the sweet potatoes on the Robatayaki menu.
  • Christina W.
    Christina WDecember 31, 2014
    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!
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhDecember 29, 2014
    Kabuki is good
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 2, 2014
    Authentic Japanese restaurant.
  • Anna
    AnnaNovember 29, 2014
    Also the green tea cheesecake is godly! The portions are small though
  • Anna
    AnnaNovember 29, 2014
    The salmon kamameshi is amazing!!! And the vibe is great. But the drinks are way overpriced and not filled to the top!
  • hitgirl
    hitgirlNovember 9, 2014
    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
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 28, 2014
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  • Cheryl
    CherylAugust 26, 2014
    Cute date spot with impeccable service. Try all the freshly grilled seafood and vegetables and watch them make it. Skip the rice pots.
  • Susan K.
    Susan KimAugust 16, 2014
    Love their food. Esp the salmoe roe rice pot dish . Yum!
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Dina
    DinaApril 24, 2014
    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).
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DeVoneFebruary 16, 2014
    Sublime salmon kamameshi
  • Helen H.
    Helen HuangFebruary 15, 2014
    Make a reservation and ask to sit at the counter/bar. You won't be disappointed!
  • Alejandro H.
    Alejandro HoyoFebruary 5, 2014
    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.
  • Betty
    BettyJanuary 15, 2014
    The grilled portabello mushrooms was a trip! Impressively simple and flavorful. Definitely trying more grilled veggies and seafood in our next visit!
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'DeaJanuary 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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 $$$
  • Chez O.
    Chez OngDecember 11, 2013
    Sitting at the counter is a must but their best kept secret is their fried chicken.
  • John B.
    John BigbooteDecember 1, 2013
    from owners of sagakura
  • Margarita F.
    Margarita FakihOctober 22, 2013
    Forbsure order the aspara bou...an alternative to the asparagus. :)
  • Kelly Yi-Yu C.
    Kelly Yi-Yu ChenOctober 11, 2013
    Nice place for authentic Japanese robata:)) Love it!
  • Cassia N.
    Cassia NgSeptember 8, 2013
    Extremely small portions. Not a good place to eat if youre starving.
  • Charlene
    CharleneAugust 31, 2013
    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.
  • Xuan
    XuanAugust 26, 2013
    Amazing restaurant, especially at the main table. All the mushrooms are really good.
  • Claudia N.
    Claudia NewmanAugust 19, 2013
    Most beautiful Japanese restaurant. Freshest food. Cooked before your very eyes. Amazing
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