Yakitori Totto

Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • Wolfgang W.
    "Great sushi starters, even greater yakitori mains."(33 Tips)
    Mike E.
    "The chicken meatball and skirt steak skewers are out of this world"(11 Tips)
    Maggi X.
    "Hatsu-moto (chicken hearts with vains), Kawa (skin) were amazing!"(10 Tips)
    Rodrigo R.
    "chicken oyster and the best dessert in NY"(5 Tips)
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  • Eater
    Eater1 week ago
    Come to Yakitori Totto with great priced skewers for a clutch late night grab. Though be warned, late night activities might make it hard to walk up the long, steep flight of stairs. Read more
  • Billy B.
    Billy BachmanDecember 7, 2016
    Started with Kaisou Salad, excellent and fresh! Followed by the epic Gyoza! Crispy on the outside/tender on the inside. Was perfection! Loved the miso soup. Yakitori Don was awesome. Great experience
  • Lindsey Y.
    Lindsey YooMay 27, 2015
    Cozy dark restaurant fit for smaller groups. The monkfish liver and any dish with shishito peppers are sure to please, but get the crispy, salty, delicious blood vessels if you're feeling adventurous!
  • SanDee P.
    SanDee PriserSeptember 6, 2013
    Great place if you want Japanese but your friends don't like sushi. Great Japanese barbecue items. Sit at the counter to watch the action and get beer and food delivered via a long wooden paddle.
  • Wolfgang W.
    Wolfgang WoppererSeptember 19, 2014
    Great sushi starters, even greater yakitori mains. Watching your dishes being prepared competes with timing and atmosphere for being the top non-food ingredient here. A tucked-away must visit!
  • Marcus I.
    Marcus Is KingMarch 15, 2013
    Try all of the yakitori it's bomb!! Right on point if u like grilled meats. The chicken karage was larger pieces thn expected was good. Soups good. Try the calpice here if your looking 4 soft drink
  • Hilarion D.
    Hilarion Del OlmoFebruary 2, 2015
    Excellent. Try the traditional Yakisoba beef (kobe). For a great experience try different dishes (portions are small and could be share around the table).
  • Anna R.
    Anna RJuly 26, 2015
    Grilled eggplant, chicken thigh, pork belly, bacon wrapped enoki were all great. Sitting at the counter watching your food being grilled was fun.
  • Todd F.
    Todd FerraraMay 1, 2013
    Simply one of the best restaurants in NY. Blows everything else in the Yakitori category away. Do not miss the chicken ball skewers, grilled rice ball and veggies like eggplant and peppers.
  • Rana R.
    Rana RouhanaOctober 5, 2014
    all things red meat and the chicken skewers are clearly the stars! also had the chicken hearts just because. unassuming place, reasonable prices.. it's nice to have a gem in midtown.
  • Susan Z.
    Susan ZuckertNovember 29, 2015
    Anything in a skewer is grilled to perfection, but also eat the eggplant which has such a fabulous sauce you want to dip everything in it. One of my favorite NY spots.
  • Marc
    MarcApril 15, 2013
    THR says: Bourdain's Midtown Mecca - "Traditional, boutiwque, free-range chicken bites - old school... Just about everything is served on skewers and grilled over artisanally produced charcoal"
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 29, 2010
    Try the super traditional yakitori—it’s made the way it should be. The flavors are intense and you will walk out of there with a big smile on your face! -Candice Kumai, Top Chef
  • Stephanie L.
    Stephanie LinSeptember 23, 2012
    YUM! My fave yakitori were the Momo (chicken thigh) and Tsukune (chicken meatball). Also delicious are the Tako Wase (marinated octopus) and Mizore Gake (fried eggplant).
  • Mona N.
    Mona NomuraSeptember 10, 2015
    Totto is one of my favorites in NY and I always used to bring out of towners here for a taste of Japan. They only take reservations until 7pm.
  • Elyse A.
    Elyse AntoniaNovember 11, 2012
    Be adventurous! Everything's great. Try the chicken neck and the stuffed peppers with chicken. Yummmm my fav. If your a food lover this is your place to explore
  • Felicia H.
    Felicia H.November 4, 2012
    Get reservations or be prepared to wait for a while. Try the special meatball (nankotsu tsukune) and duck. Fried eggplant if you're a fan of eggplant.
  • Sung H.
    Sung HwangFebruary 14, 2016
    Great yakitori menu. Gizzard is really good, idk if they regularly have it. Try the limited ones as they are out quickly. A long wait.
  • Agatha Y.
    Agatha YuAugust 10, 2014
    Go there early and enjoy their yakitori. Their tofu is almost as good as kyoto's!
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenJune 1, 2013
    Try the gyutan - next favorite thing to eat in the world...beef tongue!!! with a spritz of lemon makes u wanna slap somebody...damn these posts are making me hungry again
  • Grace S.
    Grace S.June 28, 2013
    Try the braised pork belly app, gyoza, chicken meatball, harami and kalbi skewers, zaru tofu, and tapioca/frozen banana dessert.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenJune 1, 2013
    Try the kawa - next up...chicken skin!!! kawabunga these were good! grilling skin and making it taste fried...the art of yakitori-ing
  • Cristian V.
    Cristian VFebruary 17, 2015
    The best miso I've ever had. Seriously. Get a lot of things. The chicken meatballs in brown sauce are of another world.
  • Ashley C.
    Yakitori skewers are on the salty side; I tried the meatball, chicken heart and pork neck skewers. I particularly enjoyed their avocado tuna salad.
  • Saleem
    SaleemFebruary 18, 2015
    Amazingly tasty bites $3 at a time. Get the chicken thighs, pork belly appetizer, and kalbi short ribs! So good.
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 17, 2014
    Yakitori means grilled chicken (usually on skew) so of course that's the thing to eat here. Chicken used here is all free range so of course everything tastes better. Crazy wait is gone now...
  • Sharon Z.
    Sharon ZhangAugust 8, 2014
    I have to drop by this place everytime I'm in NYC, juicy and epically tasty yakitori on top of don. Perfectly made.
  • Arden M.
    Arden McWilliamsOctober 2, 2013
    Food was excellent but space is tight so might be tough for large parties. Recommend the chicken meatball skewers. Great Sake too.
  • Giulia P.
    Giulia PratiSeptember 27, 2015
    The Enoki mushroom skewer wrapped in bacon, the pork neck, and the chicken meatball skewer were some of our favorites!
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenJune 1, 2013
    Try the Kamo Negima - first time having duck at a japanese place, and it was dope...duck and scallion on a skewer = good shit
  • Rachael B.
    Rachael ByrneApril 11, 2012
    Didn't get in early enough for chicken oyster, but chicken liver, scallops, pork loin with scallions, and bacon asparagus were all fantastic
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    Rare poultry and grilled meat on stick never had it so good. An instant classic in Midtown: affordable, cool, and dependable. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Giulia M.
    Giulia M.April 6, 2013
    Ask for the soft knee bone as soon as you get there (nankotsu) as it always sells out fast. Delicious!
  • Gabriel C.
    Gabriel ChungJune 5, 2014
    Order any of their chicken or beef skewers. They are all good. Rice balls are great as well
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroAugust 13, 2011
    many of the cooks from JG, Per Se, Le Bernadin and others in the area frequent this joint after work. There is a reason, the food is spot on.
  • Leigh Q.
    Leigh QuindaraMay 14, 2015
    Everything here is delicious, I could spend a fortune just eating for hours if they don't kick me out first.
  • Ricky L.
    Ricky LeungSeptember 15, 2010
    The rice ball is delish. Skewers are excellent. I like the rice with egg on it, it can be a little bland, but add some spices provided and it's awesome.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenJune 1, 2013
    Try the Sunagimo - the first of our long drawn out "snack" before our 2nd meal...what a way to start with some gizzards...awesome
  • Kelsey M.
    Kelsey MitchellJuly 21, 2011
    Everything here is the highest of high quality - from the premium Sapporo beer to the wasabi. Must try. Worth the money.
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenJune 1, 2013
    Try the Hatsu - thats right...chicken hearts!!! whos down? if ur scared or cant enjoy these, our friendship may be in question
  • jon n.
    jon nguyenJune 1, 2013
    Try the Age-Dashi Tofu - properly done agedashi...its been a while since ive had u and thank goodness u were so good...i love u
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Chicken is the focus here, skewered and grilled in a wide variety of forms. Read more
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TaiApril 18, 2012
    Order chicken skin, bacon wrapped asparagus, and beef tongue skewers at bare minimum. This place is delish!
  • E P.
    E POctober 1, 2012
    This place proves you get what you pay for. Chicken thigh yakitori is fantastic. I'll be back for 10 more of those.
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanOctober 16, 2011
    Short Ribs w sauce are amazing. Slightly better than the skirt stake if you are choosing between the two.
  • Catherine P.
    Catherine ParkJuly 11, 2015
    Best yakitori in a second floor restaurant. A little pricey but worth it
  • Antonius S.
    Antonius SJuly 28, 2014
    It is very good food. Very crowded, it is worthed to wait.
  • Chieko B.
    Chieko BonnaOctober 1, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Yakitori don is good, affordable, comes with nice salad and miso soup. but not the best Yakitori place. I wish they have more variety of meat on sticks like we have in japan.
  • Kira R.
    Kira RoytburgNovember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try chicken hearts, liver, and meatball skewers. Also, Sapporo on draft is yummy :)
  • Superjonbot
    SuperjonbotNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    When you're done with all the crappy yakitori places in the lower east side and ready for the real deal, this is it!
  • Rodrigo R.
    Rodrigo RolimSeptember 1, 2015
    Pork mustard, harami, chicken oyster and the best dessert in NY: banana ice!
  • Mauro A.
    Mauro AgnelliniAugust 18, 2014
    Grilled yakitori, either chicken steak or seafood. You can't go wrong.
  • Alice N.
    Alice NamOctober 25, 2015
    Pricy but delicioussss skewer menus. Chicken heart, pork belly, sea food and more
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff ChaMarch 8, 2015
    Legit. Avoid if you don't like lines. Best late night.
    Upvoted Jul 19
  • Aina H.
    Aina HunterDecember 6, 2012
    Best in the city. Try skin,knees, and necks. Do chicken only with maybe tofu beer salad.
  • Ayaka N.
    Ayaka NonakaMay 13, 2011
    Order anything from appetizers and skewers, and finish it off with a rice dish (e.g. ochazuke), Japanese style.
  • Mike F.
    Mike FriedmanAugust 2, 2015
    Rare foodie find in Midtown with authentic Yakitori, lunchy spinoff from the peeps who own Totto Ramen 👌
  • Jackie J.
    Jackie JMay 10, 2014
    Good lunchtime prices for the yakitori rice dons!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelNovember 12, 2015
    Great yakitori. Tsukune was a standout. Well priced, try lots.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 15, 2012
    Try the Tori Dango - Steamed rice dumplings with chicken meatballs inside
  • Marissa
    MarissaOctober 25, 2010
    croquette, pork belly w/ scallion, chicken meatball, asparagus bacon, finish it off with ice banana dessert - amazing!
  • Alex R.
    Alex RavenelNovember 15, 2016
    Ok, here's the pro-tip: grilled rice ball. It's like the best part of bibimbap, on a stick.
  • Miguel O.
    Miguel OroFebruary 8, 2016
    Chicken hearts, eel with rice, smoked lamb chop
  • Ryan Z.
    Ryan ZhangDecember 31, 2015
    Chicken skin yakitori is the bomb. Dip in some salt and mixed chili pepper
  • Ihsan K.
    Ihsan KabirJune 21, 2013
    Everything is fantastic but their green tea mochi is mind blowing.
  • David
    DavidNovember 4, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken hearts and the egg dish are superb.
  • Brandon J.
    Amazing. Really nice spot if you're dining solo, too.
  • Mabel C.
    Mabel ChungOctober 16, 2012
    Chicken oyster is bomb. And sitting at the bar is always nice
  • Arturo A.
    Arturo AmadorJune 25, 2016
    The hotates were very nice.. friendly staff and authentic ambience
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoiteinMarch 31, 2011
    Make sure to get the "bon-chiri" (chicken tail) skewer. When they're finished, they're gone for the day...
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMarch 18, 2015
    My favorite yakitori place. Everything is delicious!
  • Chad W.
    Chad WoodfordFebruary 21, 2013
    Pretty much everything is amazing. You can't go wrong.
  • Oleg G.
    Oleg GFebruary 26, 2013
    Great place to taste chicken body parts, no reservations though )
  • Dolapo F.
    Dolapo FalolaMarch 20, 2011
    for dessert the frozen banana dish is delicious, as is the green tea affogato
  • Olivier N.
    Hiza Nankitsu : chicken soft knee bone. Order them before it's too late. Just do it already.
  • M-c L.
    M-c La RueMarch 4
    So delicious, you'll want to try everything on the menu. Pork Belly is delicious.
  • james s.
    james shamenskiOctober 31, 2012
    Try the Burn In Hell, Boowy Ramen - Hot and Spicy pork ramen special for Halloween
  • Alex G.
    Alex GodinMarch 3, 2014
    Step 1: chicken skin. Step 2: chicken heart. Step 3: chicken wing. Step 4: kalbi. Step 5: bliss.
  • Maggi X.
    Maggi XJune 18
    Hatsu-moto (chicken hearts with vains), Kawa (skin) were amazing!
  • Evelyn
    EvelynFebruary 16, 2012
    The short rib and asparagus wrapped in bacon are yummy.
  • Dave M.
    Dave MorinAugust 23
    I ended up in the hospital by ambulance several days after eating here and have been sick for over a week. This is because of the campylobacter bacteria which comes from poorly handled poultry.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauDecember 15, 2012
    Try the Croquette - Mixed beef and vegetables cutlet
  • Angela F.
    Angela FettersOctober 25, 2014
    This or Hagi are our go to places when we're in time square for a play or broadway show.
  • Angela Isabel
    Angela IsabelAugust 22
    Get the salmon ochazuke between skewers for a brief cleanse
  • Mike E.
    Mike EwersMay 12, 2011
    The chicken meatball and skirt steak skewers are out of this world
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BalkanSeptember 26, 2010
    Try the beef harani and pork belly!! This place is amazing. Can't go wrong here
  • Zachary T.
    Zachary TanoMay 18, 2015
    The chicken livers were cooked perfectly
  • Kathy O.
    Kathy O.July 5, 2011
    The green chili peppers with chicken stuffing is DELICIOUS!!! Not spicy at all.
  • james s.
    james shamenskiOctober 31, 2012
    Try the Dump Me In Hell - Excellent spicy pork dumplings for Halloween
  • Lorenzo
    LorenzoJuly 5, 2014
    Don't order Sapporo draft beer. I tastes iron. I think something's wrong with their draft system.
  • Rohit D.
    Rohit DugarOctober 17, 2010
    Excellent yakitori (probably second only to Tori Shin) ... try the chicken oyster
  • Matthew W.
    Matthew WanamakerAugust 27, 2015
    Shishito skewer is really good
  • Chao
    ChaoApril 5, 2015
    Probably the best yakitori place in nyc.
  • E P.
    E PNovember 21, 2013
    Order a bowl of rice to accompany the yakitori.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HaFebruary 29, 2016
    Haven't had one bad thing here. Lunch specials. Obviously yakitori is yum. 🍱🍢
  • Joey W.
    Joey WongApril 4, 2016
    Weekday lunch specials are good value and tasty
  • Will M.
    They've perfected the whole meat on a stick concept
  • Jon L.
    Jon LiMarch 7, 2010
    Best yakatori joint. Come early to get the special ckcken pearls. Sells out by 6pm
  • Curtis J.
    Curtis J.March 19, 2016
    The mochi ice cream is amazing!
  • Dermot W.
    Dermot WatersMay 12, 2011
    They don't mess around with the chicken meatball or the skirt steak... order extra
  • Kenji U.
    Kenji UedaNovember 20, 2016
    100% recomendable un tremendo lugar con comida japonesa de verdad y deliciosa. Te sirven muchísimo y el sabor me hace recordar mi infancia en Japón!!!
  • Carlos B.
    Carlos BezerraJanuary 23, 2015
    Yakitori Shishito tsukune, a pimentinha verde recheada. Uma delícia! Boa carta de saquês.
  • Joana R.
    Joana RangelFebruary 19, 2015
    Peça qualquer um yakitori. Aliás, saia pedindo, experimente tudo mesmo sem saber exatamente do que se trata. Tudo gostoso.
  • Иван П.
    Отличный японский ресторан. Еда и сервис на хорошем уровне. Цены средние.
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