Robataya NY

Robataya NY

Japanese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
  • The experts at Michelin Travel & Lifestyle and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    • Serious Eats
  • 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..."(3 Tips)
    Chophel N.
    "We got the Omakase- excellent!"(2 Tips)
105 Tips and reviews
  • Japanese food
  • authentic
  • healthy food
  • sake
  • good for dates
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  • Chophel N.
    Chophel NamgyalNovember 11
    Sit at the counter and enjoy the authentic experience. We got the Omakase- excellent! Added some Uni choices- which was great! Prefer the Wagyu rather than the full grilled fish.
  • Kiwi W.
    Kiwi WangOctober 29
    Incredible experience! Sat at counter, amazing to see all the ingredients and fun. Uni and seafood dishes lived up to all the hype and meats were delicious as well. Yellowtail app was one of our faves
  • Karolina C.
    Get some sake, sit at the counter and enjoy one of the best places and experience ever!
  • Naisham J.
    Order the fixed price meal and sit by the chefs table
  • 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.
    Upvoted Oct 11
  • 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
  • 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
    Check out Robataya as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • 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
    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 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
  • tony c.
    tony changMay 22, 2013
    Enjoy the Toto washlets in the bathrooms!
  • Official smart USA
    Official smart USAMay 20, 2013
    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.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HaxelApril 25, 2013
    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.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 20, 2013
    Fun and rowdy Japanese restaurant specializing in grilled items and seafood.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DApril 6, 2013
    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.
  • Ellie D.
    Ellie DMarch 11, 2013
    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.
  • Kane L.
    Kane LeeJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Never skip the salmon + salmon roe kamameshi, topped with uni
  • Joshua P.
    Joshua PolierJanuary 22, 2013
    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.
  • Gautam B.
    Gautam BahadurJanuary 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LJanuary 5, 2013
    Although a bit pricier than other Japanese restaurants, with the generous portions, complimentary vegetable appetizers, amazing service, and cute decor, this is a must try!
  • MoRiza
    MoRizaJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Shrimp Shumai
  • Timothy O.
    Timothy ODecember 15, 2012
    Went for the first time a year and a half ago and it was great. Went again just now and it was one of the worst meals of my life.
  • Christina C.
    Christina C.December 3, 2012
    The filet of cod was cooked to perfection. It was delicious. The grilled Japanese yam & shiitake were wonderful. The crab dumplings in soup & the earthenware pot were great too.
  • Jeremy O.
    Jeremy OngDecember 3, 2012
    Try the Scallops
  • Jeremy O.
    Jeremy OngNovember 22, 2012
    Try the Tebasaki Chicken Wings
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerOctober 13, 2012
    The portions were surprisingly small - although the presentation was elegant. Will be eating more shortly.
  • Nick L.
    Nick LehmanOctober 6, 2012
    Just say yes to the grilled teriyaki chicken meatball
  • Vishal G.
    Vishal GuptaJuly 26, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best. Toilets. Ever.
  • Maya B.
    Maya BaratzJune 3, 2012
    This is gonna sound weird. But get the grilled corn. Life changing.
  • Tommy G.
    Tommy GonzalezMay 22, 2012
    The food is great! The experience is amazing!! You will enjoy everything you order. Sit in the front.
  • Glen H.
    Glen HellmanMay 6, 2012
    If you're a newbie, let your waiter be your guide.
  • Vivian C.
    Vivian ChenApril 11, 2012
    Get the cod, chicken meatballs, grilled mushrooms and pinenuts wrapped asparagus! Also loved the yuzu and plum sake!!! Omg, soooo gooooood!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 23, 2012
    Join in the festivities and grab a place a the bar, you’ll be immensely entertained. Get either the tasting menu or the omakase…pray they serve you the filet of cod.
  • Max B.
    Max BlekhterFebruary 12, 2012
    Uni & ikura don for lunch is excellent
  • Luca DL
    Luca DLJanuary 15, 2012
    "Ura-Robata" is the back room of Robataya NY, it's perfect for a birthday party w friends
  • Josephine S.
    Josephine SonDecember 22, 2011
    You must sit at the counter for a great show! Everything is great, esp the salmon rice and the grilled meats!
  • Andy D.
    Andy DDecember 13, 2011
    great lunch deals! Read more
  • Jorge O.
    Jorge OrtizDecember 5, 2011
    The kaiso salad comes in an abalone shell
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BojkoOctober 6, 2011
    Amazing. Try everything.
  • Dee M.
    Dee MyaSeptember 20, 2011
    Different japanese food
  • Renee D.
    Renee DiRestaSeptember 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the best date places in NYC. You want to make sure to get seated around the communal table so you can watch the chefs in action. Get the crab rice, it takes 30 min but it's worth it.
  • Sooki H.
    Sooki HongSeptember 5, 2011
    Love their free pickles at lunch!!
  • Emily P.
    Emily PohSeptember 3, 2011
    best authentic japanese cuisine i've ever eaten in NY!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    You’ll miss all the action if you ask for a table in the dining room. Request a seat at the counter. - Inspector
  • Danielle W.
    Danielle WashingtonAugust 7, 2011
    Sitting at the bar is a must and get the tasting menu. Beef not so great but everything else is some of the best Japanese I've had.
  • Dave O.
    Dave OliverAugust 6, 2011
    Go to the bathroom. The toilet is electronic. Even if you don't have to pee. Force yourself.
  • Michelle
    MichelleMay 12, 2011
    The toilet is fantastic. the food is too... but the toilet!
  • Alan T.
    Alan TamMarch 27, 2011
    Must spend $20 minimum per head?
  • Eric W.
    Eric WagnerMarch 18, 2011
    Prices are high, portions are small. Gyoza has a weird aftertaste. Like chicken meatloaf.
  • TKGO
    TKGOJanuary 15, 2011
    The dishes with mochi are phenomenal, as are all the mushrooms. The omlet appetizer is a must!
  • Mindy Y.
    Mindy YangNovember 28, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eat everything! Sit at the counter & you will be entertained. For privacy, opt for the back room.
  • CFI William
    CFI WilliamNovember 17, 2010
    Watch out for the sake! Good selection. Staff is awesome with authentic Japanese vibe. Definitely worth experiencing!
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 13, 2010
    Try the Fluke Carpaccio
  • Lisa C.
    Lisa Conde FondeurOctober 29, 2010
    A bite of food has yet to pass my lips, and this is already one of my favorite places in the world simply because of the toilet. It is like something Oprah or Martha Stewart would have. Water jets.
    Upvoted Oct 29
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'DeaAugust 9, 2010
    the key here is to order the grilled vegetables when at the bar. stay away from the meat, not worth it! If they have some special shellfish, go for it.
  • Michelle Higa F.
    Michelle Higa FoxJuly 11, 2010
    make sure you get a seat at the grill. liked: dried sardine sheets, enoki, crazy japanese toilet in the bathroom. weird: only asian place i've ever been to with a cheese plate.
  • Kari W.
    Kari WilsonMay 15, 2010
    Don't go! Overpriced food and horrible service. Worst dinner I've had on months.
  • PHUDE-nyc
    PHUDE-nycApril 12, 2010
    Great food, great vibe, fun staff!
  • Oskar v.
    Oskar von HauskeMarch 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Koshihikari echigo beer
  • Karen T.
    Karen TengOctober 6, 2009
    gotta order the asparagus wrapped in white fish and pine nuts.
  • Heather P.
    Heather ParkSeptember 23, 2009
    According to Urban Daddy: a brand-new Japanese robatayaki grill and pagoda of goodness, brought to you by the Sakagura folks, opening up Monday 9/28/09
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