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251 W. 55th St., nr. Eighth Ave. (Midtown West)
New York, NY
(1) 212-245-4555 | www.tottonyc.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-12:00am; Fri.: 11:30am-2:00pm, 5:30pm-1:00am; Sat.: 5:30pm-1:00am; Sun.: 5:30pm-11:00pm
BEST FORDinner; late night
RESERVATIONSRecommended; can only be made for seatings before 7:00pm; not accepted for groups of ten or more
BARYes - beer and wine only
PRICE (SKEWERS; LARGER DISHES)USD 2-7; USD 5-13
FAMOUS PLATESYakumi zaru tofu; shishito tsukune; kuruma ebi
DRINKS AND WINEBeer; sake; soju; vodka; gin; soft drinks; teas; orange juice
# OF SEATSAround 40
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO57th St.-7th Ave. (N, Q, R); 7th Ave. (B, D, E); 59th St.-Columbus Cir. (A, B, C, D, 1)
The Japanese love their meat on a stick, and from the way this second-floor Midtown joint fills up at dinner, Manhattanites do as well. The specialty here is premium chicken, which is cooked, in all forms (be it meat or skin or knee bones), over small charcoal grills. The street food-style kebabs (yakitori means grilled chicken, usually on skewers) are balanced by more standard offerings like onigiri and pork dumplings and pair well with sake.
Japanese expats, Midtown business suits, couples, and groups of friends hankering for the meat skewers.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Go casual with a comfortable top, denims, flats, and a funky bag.
GO HERE WITH
Clients or colleagues; friends; significant other; a casual date
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you’re a meat lover, this place will become your new go-to. And the prime Midtown location means you don’t need to journey too far from the city’s main attractions to satisfy your appetite.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The rare-cooked poultry in some of the dishes is unsettling (the traditional Japanese manner of grilling chicken is to leave the middle uncooked).
GOOD TO KNOW
The waits can get long at peak hours, so make sure you secure a reservation if you are pressed for time. The restaurant is somewhat hidden; it’s located on the second floor of an unassuming brick Midtown building–if you’re coming for the first time, keep the address on-hand just in case.
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