Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Theater District, New York
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    A C.
    "Great, authentic Japanese food (not just sushi)."(14 Tips)
    Angela Isabel
    "👏👏👏 Delicious teishoku, price justified by huge portions."(6 Tips)
    Kurt H.
    "Exceptional homemade tofu, and the set menu rewarding :-)"(6 Tips)
    Judy Z.
    "Yakitori (dipped in egg yolk) here is the best!"(7 Tips)
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  • good for dates
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  • teishoku
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  • FM I.heart icon on user image
    FM IslandgirlSeptember 29, 2018
    If you love fresh authentic Japanese do yourself a favor and seek out this little gem. Steps away from Times Square, Ootoya provides a pleasant respite. Try the sushi bowls, noodles or fresh tofu.
    Upvoted Apr 25
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    hitgirlFebruary 2, 2017
    NO TIPPING RESTAURANT! (Or should I say, already included in the price of your meal). Loved the homemade tofu 😍 & the set menu is filling even if you get the mini set. Spacious & has great ambience.
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    EaterSeptember 7, 2017
    Order the bonito flakes over tofu, over saba, or as a side for soba dipping sauce. Most good dishes are $15 or under, and service is included, so no tipping! Read more
  • Alyssa B.heart icon on user image
    Alyssa B.July 28, 2021
    Lunch set! Pictured is the large chirashi bowl. I ordered the small one before but was left wanting more of the fish… obv I couldn’t finish the rest of the set! Delicious and fresh.
  • Leslie T.heart icon on user image
    Leslie TengJune 29, 2016
    Kaisen don set is fresh and delicious. All the chicken dishes are flavorful. Matcha anmitsu a good dessert to end the meal with.
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    TomMay 12, 2015
    Chain from Japan with authentic Japanese comfort food. Portions are good and food is excellent. Line/wait here can get pretty long.
  • Borja B.heart icon on user image
    Borja BurgosDecember 25, 2015
    Authentic Japanese food that won't break the bank. In doubt? Eat here. Everything I've had has been great. I'm a fan of the homemade tofu to start, and my personal favorite set is the Katsu Toji. Yum!
  • Angela Isabel
    Angela IsabelAugust 16, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    👏👏👏 Delicious teishoku, price justified by huge portions. Egg custard comes with every set and takes my taste buds to heaven. 😍
  • Jenna C.heart icon on user image
    Jenna CheungOctober 16, 2015
    The Seiro soba noodles was refreshing and the Salmon Saikyo was marinated and grilled so well it literally melted in my mouth. The sashimi 3ten mori and katsu toju were good as well! Definitely worth!
  • Lindsey K.heart icon on user image
    Lindsey KimApril 17, 2015
    A bit on the pricey side but it is Amazing. Everything is amazing. The japanese food is very authentic. The sushi bowls are so good, and I always choose "Set" meal. Try the parfait for dessert!
  • Fabio H.
    Fabio HasApril 26, 2016
    Nice japanese food, My son and I got the soba and salmon set, a lot of foods é nice set.. At the end, try the traditional anmtisu...
  • Stephanie T.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie TaMarch 18, 2016
    Authentic japanese food in a cosy elegant environment, at a decent price. Will come back for sure! Absolutely loved the homemade tofu (tasted like fresh ricotta), make sure you order it!
  • Erica L.heart icon on user image
    Erica LovelaceAugust 15, 2017
    Get here late for lunch and sit at the counter. Miso tonkatsu or soba set. Comfy, elegant and clean setting with homestyle Japanese better than I've had living in SF even.
  • Marcela S.
    Marcela SemioneDecember 20, 2014
    Very friendly and helpful staff. Is different from the Japanese food Brazilians usually have, but very healthy and tasty. They described as "everyday food in Japan". Would definitely recommend it.
  • Al S.heart icon on user image
    Al SApril 28, 2022
    This place really impressed me. Great quality authentic Japanese food, served with care and beautiful presentation. Chicken katsu is superb paired with a Ishigo Koshihikari lager.
  • Mika T.heart icon on user image
    Mika TakahashiMarch 1, 2015
    Not the cheapest but to me it's good value for the quality of food! You can't go wrong with anything. I love the hijiki on rice. Kaisen-don and grilled fish sets are delicious!
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueJanuary 20, 2020
    Cozy Japanese restaurant. Perfect menu for chilly winter nights. Try the beef & cheese seasonal dish for something different. No tipping establishment. Service can be choppy.
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyMarch 18, 2015
    Highest quality sushi I've had in a long time, best Japanese food I've had in NYC. Go for lunch for good specials and know that the "mini" portions are large, filling, full meals.
  • A C.heart icon on user image
    A CMay 12, 2018
    Great, authentic Japanese food (not just sushi). wonderful tofu salad, delicious tonkatsu, amazing yakitori, it’s all good.
  • Alastair T.
    Alastair TseMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Spot the kastuobushi shaving machine that spits out candy floss like bonito flakes!
  • Go Find Aliceheart icon on user image
    Go Find AliceApril 3, 2017
    Definitely one of my favorite Japanese lunch spots in town. Awesome lunch sets. Huge variety too!
  • Ernesto G.heart icon on user image
    Ernesto GutierrezApril 26, 2015
    The tonkatsu and grilled fish are great. Order them as a "set" and you can skip any need for a appetizer. Their house made tofu is out of this world.
  • Celena C.heart icon on user image
    Celena ChanAugust 21, 2015
    The yakitori, hot pot, chicken katsu and grilled fish are all delicious! I love how most items come in a set!
  • Simon H.heart icon on user image
    Simon HAugust 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good here but start with the torikuzuan teishoku. Japanese fried chicken rocks hard.
  • Skye K.heart icon on user image
    Skye K.November 13, 2016
    Yuka carbonated sake drink for the win!! Also absolutely LOVED the chicken katsu with udon here. Service is impeccable!!!
  • Ana Luiza C.heart icon on user image
    Ana Luiza CamachoDecember 14, 2016
    Amazing homemade tofu and well served hot dishes (the fried chicken with vegetables and spicy and sour sauce makes it worth coming back).
  • Mika
    MikaJanuary 17, 2017
    It's great tasting slightly fancier Japanese comfort food but so overpriced. They only take reservations for opening time (5:30). If you wait at opening, you might be able to walk in.
  • Su G.heart icon on user image
    Su GaoNovember 3, 2013
    Washu beef is amazing. Yuzu pepper chicken is excellent. Lunch price is about the same, smaller menu. No half bowls at lunch. Great service at the bar (thumbs up San!)
  • Brian P.heart icon on user image
    Brian ParkDecember 30, 2015
    The Kaisen Don is incredible! Fresh Uni, Amberjack, Tuna, Roe, and Tamago, it really has an excellent balance of flavor and freshness.
  • Jay S.heart icon on user image
    Jay SFebruary 15, 2015
    Always upgrade to the set. Can't go wrong with the Kaasanni: fried chicken with grated radish and fried egg
  • Patrick L.heart icon on user image
    Patrick LynchApril 12, 2016
    Kaisen Don is the only item I've had. Other dishes look great, too, but I still stick with this. The best chirashi bowl I've had anywhere (so far).
  • Valeri K.
    Valeri KarpovJuly 17, 2014
    surprisingly authentic Japanese food for times square. don't be turned off by the location - any place with multiple takes on natto on the menu is legit
  • Go Find Aliceheart icon on user image
    Go Find AliceApril 29, 2016
    Authentic Japanese food with consistent quality and fresh ingredients. Good for both lunch and dinner!
  • Léna L.
    Léna Le RollandFebruary 23, 2018
    Good food. The bento was more than enough food. Service was great. Careful when you make a reservation they have multiple location
  • E P.
    E POctober 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ootoya is my favorite to-go lunch spot with or without a friend. Service can get slow during lunch but the servers are nevertheless attentive and service-oriented.
  • Tania P.heart icon on user image
    Tania PlateroAugust 28, 2017
    I've been craving this food since the last time I came here! Once I moved to NYC, I came again, awesome service and food here! 😍😍
  • Lauren M.heart icon on user image
    Lauren MacAugust 21, 2015
    You can tell that a Japanese place is good by the quality of rice and tenderness of fish. This place has both, and fast fast service.
  • İpek A.heart icon on user image
    İpek A.May 2, 2016
    I highly reccomend soba & sake combination. Tips are included so don't make a mistake :)
  • Ina L.heart icon on user image
    Ina LiDecember 8, 2016
    Tip is included in the price. Love their handmade tofu salad or organic eggs
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 11, 2013
    Japanese chain with a knack for home-style cooking. Menu includes ramen and sushi, but you're here for the teishoku.
  • Judy Z.
    Judy ZhuJanuary 13, 2014
    Yakitori (dipped in egg yolk) here is the best! Food is very authentic and be sure to try the ice cream soju dessert!
  • Rainbow T.heart icon on user image
    Rainbow TDecember 14, 2015
    High quality food at a decent price. Love the egg custard and love the service here the most out of all the locations.
  • Lily ..
    Lily .July 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Visited many times. Be aware that it is now a NO TIPPING restaurant. Expect to pay higher prices for your meal. Food still delicious; service still same.
  • Jinnie L.
    Jinnie LFebruary 28, 2015
    yakitori ju n katsu ju r yummy~ fresh sushi n pretty good service~ one of the best japanese restaurant in the city ;)
  • Eiman A.heart icon on user image
    Eiman AbdelmoneimApril 13, 2016
    Japanese food chicken, if authentic is judged by number of native Japanese patrons, this place hits it out of the park
  • Barry K.heart icon on user image
    Barry KwokDecember 20, 2018
    Buta Aspara and Chawan Mushi as was the sashimi - amazing!
  • Josh v.heart icon on user image
    Josh van HulstJune 12, 2016
    Very good! It was authentic in every way and they no lonely require tip as it is included in the meal
  • Sean B.heart icon on user image
    Sean BrownDecember 28, 2016
    The pork dishes are da 💣 and... chawanmushi with every set? 😍 and... the service staff are fully compensated by their wage... therefore gratuities are not required? 😻😻🤑
  • Ben S.heart icon on user image
    Ben ShyongSeptember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They marinate the salmon for 3 days! Delicious and melts in your mouth.
  • H. N.heart icon on user image
    H. NetoDecember 26, 2016
    Disapointed: Waiters are trying to make me do a fast order, telling the place will close (but it was early in the night) and they simply didn't bring two of my four plates! Not come back in this life!
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