Robataya NY

Robataya NY

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant and Asian Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
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  • Kiwi W.heart icon on user image
    Kiwi WangOctober 29, 2017
    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
  • Chophel N.
    Chophel NamgyalNovember 11, 2017
    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.
  • Collette S.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneJanuary 2, 2017
    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.
  • 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).
  • Carolineheart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • Christina W.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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.
  • Karolina C.heart icon on user image
    Karolina ChruscielAugust 20, 2017
    Get some sake, sit at the counter and enjoy one of the best places and experience ever!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
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    RCMay 20, 2015
    A really fun and delicious experience! Go early because they keep a limited number of fresh ingredients on hand.
  • 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.
  • Dina R.heart icon on user image
    Dina RughaniMarch 16, 2016
    Miso cod, chicken meatball, asparago, tofu salad, market fish, pork belly. Get a seat at the bar.
  • 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!
  • Sue L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Bettyheart icon on user image
    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!
  • Cherylheart icon on user image
    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.
  • RCheart icon on user image
    RCMay 20, 2015
    A really fun and delicious experience! Get there early because they only keep a limited number of fresh ingredient on hand.
  • Kt L.heart icon on user image
    Kt LacasseJanuary 18, 2015
    Absolutely wonderful. The lobster cooked on the grill is fantastic. They serve you on long wooden paddles. Very authentic Japanese
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Lauren F.heart icon on user image
    Lauren FNovember 9, 2015
    Love this spot! Experience is always super fun at the counter. Food is okay, ambiance is on fleek.
  • Claudia N.heart icon on user image
    Claudia NewmanAugust 19, 2013
    Most beautiful Japanese restaurant. Freshest food. Cooked before your very eyes. Amazing
  • Nicole T.
    Nicole TylerMarch 25, 2017
    Order the fixed price meal and sit by the chefs table
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 20, 2013
    Fun and rowdy Japanese restaurant specializing in grilled items and seafood.
  • 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 $$$
  • 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.
  • Xuan
    XuanAugust 26, 2013
    Amazing restaurant, especially at the main table. All the mushrooms are really good.
  • 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!
  • Tommy G.
    Tommy GonzalezMay 22, 2012
    The food is great! The experience is amazing!! You will enjoy everything you order. Sit in the front.
  • Ericheart icon on user image
    EricJanuary 6, 2017
    Rustic, authentic robataya. Sit at the counter and watch the itamaesan at work.
  • Susan K.heart icon on user image
    Susan KimAugust 16, 2014
    Love their food. Esp the salmoe roe rice pot dish . Yum!
  • Chaoheart icon on user image
    ChaoApril 5, 2015
    Roasted whole porgy fish is fresh but a bit too salty. Good service.
  • 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.
  • John S.heart icon on user image
    John SheffieldApril 18, 2016
    Sit at the bar to watch the chefs cook. Amazing.
  • Jonathan M.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan MoroDecember 18, 2016
    Super authentic, meaning high quality and small portions. Hence why Japanese people are so skinny.
  • Chez O.heart icon on user image
    Chez OngDecember 11, 2013
    Sitting at the counter is a must but their best kept secret is their fried chicken.
  • hitgirlheart icon on user image
    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
  • Anna
    AnnaNovember 29, 2014
    Also the green tea cheesecake is godly! The portions are small though
  • Helen H.heart icon on user image
    Helen HuangFebruary 15, 2014
    Make a reservation and ask to sit at the counter/bar. You won't be disappointed!
  • 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.
  • CFI William
    CFI WilliamNovember 17, 2010
    Watch out for the sake! Good selection. Staff is awesome with authentic Japanese vibe. Definitely worth experiencing!
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