Yakitori Taisho

Japanese Restaurant and Sake Bar$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • J L.
    "The grilled chicken skin yakitori (ask for extra crispy) is awesome."(20 Tips)
    Holger L.
    "The Yotsumi and Tsukune yakitori are fantastic."(30 Tips)
    Stephen A.
    "their signature taisho"(8 Tips)
    Brett C.
    "Supa tuna don is the best - can only get it at this location!"(4 Tips)
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  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperJanuary 18
    Such tight corridors, they sat my party of 4 at this tiny table in the far back corner under the coat hangers!!! There is fried chicken skin, eww... but other fried meats were decent!
  • Rebecca C.
    Rebecca ChinnNovember 12, 2016
    Not so great for a vegetarian. I had the veggie stir fry entre that came with potato salad and spaghetti (!?) bizarre and not particularly tasty...
    Upvoted Feb 19
  • Damon S.
    Damon SununtnasukOctober 29, 2016
    Legit yakitori. Delicious Japanese fried chicken!!
  • Jackey L.
    Jackey LApril 17, 2016
    Bbq is yummy...but not spicy tuna
  • Chika K.
    Chika KomatsuApril 5, 2016
    Get the XL drink it's worth it
  • Soyun J.
    Soyun JeeJanuary 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Salmon cream yakisoba is so good!
  • Rodrigo A.
    Rodrigo ArtaviaJanuary 23, 2016
    Yakitori is amazing here
  • Ria C.
    Ria ClomaJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Very good food for your money.
  • Escott H.
    Escott HayashidiazJanuary 17, 2016
    Good Izakaya style food. Basic rice plates and ramen.
  • Tyler L.
    Tyler LundDecember 28, 2015
    Yakitori Taisho is an amazing experience in meat on skewers. You know it has to be good because Japanese teenagers line up around the corner before it even opens. Definitely get in early or wait
  • Larry L.
    Larry LaBurrDecember 14, 2015
    LONG wait but worth it! Definitely do the okonomiyaki and the octopus balls, fantastic yakitori in general, unagi roll is s gift.
  • Victor C.
    Victor ChenDecember 14, 2015
    Mmm skewers...
  • DR G.
    DR GNovember 5, 2015
    I don't know what they marinate their beef skewers in, but it is deeeeelicious.
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanOctober 29, 2015
    Chicken skin skewers are amazing
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChenOctober 27, 2015
    Yakitori they served are good with beer :) and good late night hangout spot with friends
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyOctober 19, 2015
    Best Japanese food I have had in the city. If the line is too long, pop into their other spot Oh Taisho next door for similar menu.
  • Jastine K.
    Jastine KhoOctober 7, 2015
    The creamy salmon yakisoba is an absolute must!!
  • Melody H.
    Melody HanSeptember 19, 2015
    Chicken skin skewer and baby octopus all the way
  • Nancerella
    NancerellaSeptember 14, 2015
    Hole in the wall with character... I have been coming here since 1997
  • Mona N.
    Mona NomuraSeptember 10, 2015
    I don't know why this place is so popular. It's super salty. Midtown has better Yakitori
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DengSeptember 6, 2015
    Amazing Negi Ramen at half the price of Ippudo's! Be warned, long wait and tiny bathrooms, but authentic Japanese cuisine.
  • Quinton M.
    Quinton MaJuly 28, 2015
    A giant rat ran up the wall next to our table while my friends and I were having dinner. Don't think I can come back, so sad bc I used to like this place a lot.
  • Vivian L.
    Vivian LeeJuly 16, 2015
    Big portions...so if you want quantity over quality.
  • Benjamin C.
    Benjamin CoatsJuly 1, 2015
    Ramen is truly awful get the skewers
  • Angela Isabel
    Angela IsabelJune 8, 2015
    Deep fried chicken skin skewers!
  • Ed
    EdMay 29, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Classic Japanese street food. Cheap, fast and they serve till late!
  • ZenFoodster
    ZenFoodsterMay 25, 2015
    Sorry. Maybe I'm missing something..It was such a dirty & dingy (especially in the back room by the kitchen) subterranean spot that I couldn't stomach staying & eating here.
  • Anissa
    AnissaMay 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a skewer set to share!
  • Harish H.
    Harish HoonMay 7, 2015
    Awesome beef meatball skewers, popcorn shrimp and grilled duck!
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousMarch 30, 2015
    Taisho is all about the energy and theatrics of the grill men, and eating with your nose pressed almost to the flame that's cooking your pig's foot. Read more
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BassinderMarch 20, 2015
    Real Japanese yakitori
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceFebruary 12, 2015
    Fantastic yakitori in a lively neighborhood. Nearly everything grilled on a stick. Bonus points if you get your group seated in the back room too. Usually a queue everyday of the week.
  • Yi Z.
    Yi ZhangJanuary 15, 2015
    Spicy tuna don. Yesssss
  • Allison Y.
    Allison YuJanuary 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Salmon cream yakisoba, beef tongue skewers, and agedashi tofu never fail
  • TAMMY G.
    TAMMY GIAJanuary 2, 2015
    Great for late night! Scallops and bacon on BBQ Japanese style! Yummmm
  • Mauricio T.
    Mauricio T. UeharaDecember 27, 2014
    Grilled Rice Balls!!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseDecember 14, 2014
    This is the kind of place that you just will not find in another city in America. Japanese grilled meat skewers. Crazy looking menus - trust me, this is a cool and unique experience.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungDecember 13, 2014
    Kinda meh.
  • John G.
    John GNovember 21, 2014
    The sabashio (grilled mackerel) was delicious, as was the fried tofu. However, our yakitori set came out cold and the wait staff asked us "are you sure?", which was totally the wrong approach.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableNovember 17, 2014
    This is what drunk night snack bliss looks like. Order skewers of hot, crackly chicken skin ($1.25), velvety beef tongue ($2.50) and wash it all down with more Japanese beer on tap. Read more
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachNovember 11, 2014
    The onigiri is huge and too filling. Split 5–10 skewers and one onigir between two people and you're set. My favorites were garlic and liver.
  • Puu K.
    Puu KampolratanaOctober 23, 2014
    I don't hate this place but I love other ones better
  • Helen
    HelenOctober 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite yakitori spot in St. Marks. It's small and a bit cramped but food is too delicious to care. Their ramen is good too. They also have frozen Calpico (adult version!), so yummy !
  • Larisa
    LarisaOctober 14, 2014
    Ask for the fried chicken skin extra, extra, extra crispy.
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HeOctober 10, 2014
    Yakitori, tako wasabi, takoyaki, yaki onigiri, unagi tofu, potato salad, steak, etc
  • Jaemi H.
    Jaemi HOctober 3, 2014
    after all the fried goods, get the tempura ice cream.
  • Zaza G.
    Zaza GilsonSeptember 22, 2014
    Beef meatballs. Always.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Dale Talde, chef of Talde, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Geso kimchee. Read more
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MichiharaAugust 22, 2014
    Share the yakitori sets with another person, it's a lot of meat.
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spicy tuna!
  • James J.
    James JAugust 16, 2014
    Solid place. I love the sweet and sour pork belly appetizer. Amazing.
  • Brook S.
    Brook ShelleyAugust 10, 2014
    Ridiculously tasty yakitori. Snag everything imaginable on. Skewers while drinking tasty chuhai
  • Garett P.
    Garett PressAugust 9, 2014
    B-set and a pitcher of beer
  • Sharon Z.
    Sharon ZhangAugust 8, 2014
    Yakitori seem to be all I eat in NYC. For under 14 dollars, a combo of 10 yakitori skewers can be had.
  • Dayan
    DayanAugust 6, 2014
    the manager's reason for under cooked/low quality meat is you still have to pay
  • Ceres AnaSéline C.
    Ceres AnaSéline C.June 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Do not get anything from the "Frozen Cocktail" list! For a frozen grapefruit cocktail, I got a cup of Japanese liquor, with half a grapefruit that I had to squeeze into the drink myself. (See photo.)
  • Ceres AnaSéline C.
    Ceres AnaSéline C.June 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    There are two "Taishos" on this block. This is the one that closes later.
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy T.June 12, 2014
    Get the beef tongue yakitori!
  • Tracy T.
    Tracy T.June 12, 2014
    The ramen is PERFECT, temperature is not hot and ramen is not too soft or al dente.
  • Elaine H.
    Elaine HeJune 10, 2014
    Best of the best was their kimchi udon!
  • Doris F.
    Doris FongJune 7, 2014
    I always get the salmon cream yakisoba and chicken skin skewer :D with frozen green apple D;
  • Cindy W.
    Cindy WongMay 14, 2014
    Japanese bar-style pub food
  • Hannibal D.
    Hannibal DarbyMarch 16, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love everything. Everything taste great there.
  • Rachel K.
    Rachel KimMarch 5, 2014
    Delicious ramen, rice balls the size of your face, a wide variety of yummy skewered meats. Seating may be tight, but it's nothing unbearable - it'll draw you closer to your company (and your food).
  • Bobby H.
    Bobby HaynesFebruary 21, 2014
    There's an $8/person minimum for tables, but no minimum at the bar
  • Adam K.
    Adam KelmensonJanuary 4, 2014
    A rat ran across the dueling during the meal. Avoid this restaurant.
  • Haley S.
    Haley SmithDecember 31, 2013
    AMAZING yakitori and onigiri but their takoyaki is frozen..... still good though....
  • Pattarin P.
    Pattarin PintusoponDecember 28, 2013
    The food was alright, nothing special but the service... Just plain rude!
  • Vikram S.
    Vikram SinhaOctober 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ramen is great, and filling.
  • Yifei W.
    Yifei WuSeptember 27, 2013
    Best chicken skin ever had!
  • Felicia M.
    Felicia MSeptember 3, 2013
    Excellent spot on the East Village. Great for inexpensive eats and sake.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsAugust 8, 2013
    Set-B or fuck ya brain
  • Ianne M.
    Ianne Munoz- AlpuertoAugust 1, 2013
    Get the salmon yakisoba. Sooo good.
  • Domo
    DomoJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Come on a Monday night to avoid the crowds.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseJuly 26, 2013
    Get the mentai potato. The ramen is not really the point of this place, but if youre maybe sharing a Set B, worth a try - a very under appreciated NYC ramen.
  • Joey C.
    Joey CJuly 9, 2013
    Love the kawa (chicken skin) skewer!!
  • J Claire M.
    J Claire MonJuly 7, 2013
    Best food always...
  • Warren C.
    Warren ChengJune 29, 2013
    Salmon cream sauce noodles. Like crack.
  • Melissa T.
    Melissa TokiJune 15, 2013
    This place had horrible service. Everything took forever to come out. They were not attentive to our needs. Food wad not delicious!!
  • Leo Y.
    Leo YouMay 24, 2013
    Tight places but the food here is awesomely seasoned.
  • Mai Le H.
    Mai Le HoMay 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The creamy salmon pasta is the bombidibabidibomb!
  • Pam S.
    Pam SasithornApril 29, 2013
    They open at 5pm
  • Shirin H.
    Shirin HMarch 1, 2013
    This place is extremely overrated. Meat was poor quality, octopus balls were horrible, chashu avocado was drenched in mayo to mask poor quality pork. New Yorker that fell for a tourist trap! Yikes.
  • Pedro J.
    Pedro JimenezJanuary 27, 2013
    Very Japanese. Very busy. The Taisho Don is a sweet deal.
  • Kenny H.
    Kenny HomJanuary 4, 2013
    By far my favorite yaki joint on St Mark's
  • Benn G.
    Benn GlazierNovember 28, 2012
    If you're hungry don't make your order for all dishes at once as they'll all come together and you'll need to eat like crazy to get it all down whilst it's hot.
  • Greg T.
    Greg TakayamaOctober 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The older I get, the worse this place tastes but it still fills a wonderful late night drunk food place in my heart.
  • Joseph N.
    Joseph NingOctober 7, 2012
    Kind of expensive. But the skewers are awesome!
  • Tian X.
    Tian XieSeptember 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let them seat you in the far fat back. You'll never see them again!
  • Orchid L.
    Orchid LiuAugust 11, 2012
    Beef meatballs yakitori are amazing
  • M B.
    M BytzJuly 4, 2012
    Try everything -- especially tako (baby octopus), chicken skewers with plum sauce, and grilled rice cake. Slurp some ramen and sip a soju cocktail. Order more as you go and feel like you're in Tokyo,
  • Jon T.
    Jon TorerkJune 10, 2012
    Typical East Village digs with cool vibe and good and cheap eats.
  • Chelsea H.
    Chelsea HillJune 6, 2012
    Everything is amazing. Seriously.
  • Jess L.
    Jess LeungJune 1, 2012
    Japanese bar food at its best, it's the perfect place to go with friends for late night eating and drinking. Love the Unatama Don.
  • Jason O.
    Jason O'BrienMay 31, 2012
    LOVE THIS PLACE!! Sit at the bar as soon as you walk in.. trust me.
  • Fanny C.
    Fanny ChanApril 27, 2012
    Best skewers in St. Marks
  • The Maharlikans
    The MaharlikansApril 20, 2012
    Chicken skin and beer. That's it.
  • Joey L.
    Joey LaiApril 18, 2012
    Not bad but could be better.
  • David K.
    David KimApril 11, 2012
    Bacon with scallops. And kimchee yakidon. Fried Chicken. And cheap beer. Yummy!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMarch 23, 2012
    You love all the different Yakitori here – especially the chicken “combo” plate. What you might not love is trying to get the barbeque smell out of your clothes.
  • Marcello Pereira
    Marcello PereiraMarch 22, 2015
    Lugar muito bom ! Comida gostosa ! Atendimento rápido ! Um detalhe pra cerveja !
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