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Hakata Tonton
Hakata Tonton

Hakata Tonton Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.tontonnyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 242-3699
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Koji Hagihara
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Counter Seating, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Tomoko Sater (212) 242-3699

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seventh Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1 train to Christopher Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Hakata Tonton
We invite you to try Hakata Tonton’s Authentic Kyushu Japanese Soul Food. We have a number of dishes which may same strange to the eye, but are delicious renditions of the food made famous in Hakata, Japan. Pork, Collagen, and Cod Roe are all specialties of the region and you can enjoy them in various combinations on our Japanese fusion style menu.
Our food is made to share and does not come in any particular order, as is the tradition in Hakata. We invite you to be adventurous and try a number of small plate items so that you get a feeling for our savory cuisine.
We have chosen a number of unique wines and Japanese sake we feel goes well with our savory cuisine and invite you to try a glass or a bottle. We have priced our wines by the bottle way below what most restaurants charge, so you can enjoy without hurting your wallet.
Finally, we invite you to try our collagen cuisine. It’s great for your skin and most importantly, we think you will love our presentation and taste.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "As soon as my girlfriend and I arrived Hakata Tonton,we were both ushered into the restaurant.There were presumably 3 waitresses,most of them seemed very friendly.Despite the fact that my girl friend and I had a language problem(English),the waitress tried to understand us as far as possible.The restaurant was very small but cosy.There was a table which for 4 people, we sat with two strangers.We both had been really satisfied before the strangers who sat next to us started prattling.Babble babble, the tattlers were really annoying.I think she was Chinese.Anyway,they were very enthusiastic, energetic and sometimes agitated.I definitely didn't want to spoil their mood,so I didn't complain.We enjoyed foods,but noise level there was quite high."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "My friends and I, 4 people had a reservation a month ago. If you want to dine at a good timing, suggest you make reservation as earlier as possible. They have renewed their menu a little bit, so there are more options which doesn't show up at Yelp menu. We had Grilled Pork Tonsoku with scallion and ponzu sauce, Pork Tongue, Egg Omlette, Pork belly with yuzu miso paste, Shabu Shabu Hot Po, Foie gras inari sushi, Caviar salad with noodle. Every dishes are so flavorful and we all love and enjoy it. We had Green Tea Tofu, Sesame ice cream, and strawberry ice cream. All taste good but my favorite is Green tea tofu. Service is friendly, thoughtful, and the best part is they don't ask for gratuity! It is really a big surprise for us!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We tried the classic collagen hot pot. Just so so. I expected more from other rave reviews. But the monkfish liver is very good. We also enjoyed the sake. Will be back for more dishes other than hot pot."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It's deliciously amazing! The new Kampachi sashimi special is unbelievable. But then again, everything is basically amazing here, and one of the best versions you've ever tried of the thing that you order here. I didn't tonsoku in the past, but it's amazing here. Veal liver sashimi sound off putting? It is intense and wonderful! Service is always so nice. Try all the items."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Hakata Tonton is my favorite restaurant because the service is impeccable (and service is included in the price, as is Japanese tradition) and the food could cost double the price and still be a steal. I've paid much more at very well known, high-rated places and not been as pleased as the experiences here. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Reasonable priced and the best regional homestyl non-sushi Japanese restaurant in NYC"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Favorite restaurant in NYC - delicious food and amazing service. There's a new restaurant rule that they do not accept tips! Traditional Japanese restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "It's always amazing with great service! Unusual and delicious menu selections. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "It was our first Japanese hotpot experience and I must say I didn't expect service to be this good! We had to reserve 1 month in advance because this place is tiny and reservation is always full. I had heard great reviews about it before and I had been craving for some hotpot, so I brought my friend who is visiting from Europe here. We ordered the hotpot with motsu (intestine) and it was nothing like we had tried before. It was very fulfilling and refreshing. It can get a little greasy after a while, but the food is excellent. And the waiters are so attentive! They took our shopping bags and safely lock them in a locker. When we were ready to head out after a full meal, the waiter even offered us mint from a really cute container!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "This was my first time at Hakata Tonton so we got the dinner tasting menu. It is an amazing value for $38. Everything was absolutely delicious and the service was great. We were stuffed. Only thing I would have done differently was gotten the noodles instead of the rice at the end of the hotpot as the soup got a little bit salty when used to cook the rice (though at that point we were pretty full so it didn't matter too much that we didn't finish). I would definitely go again as I saw people around me ordering other things that also looked very delicious!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The tasting menu is amazing and should not bee missed."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "We had been to this place 2 twice and love the food! Detox motsu pot with white miso is really GREAT!!! However this is definitely not a kid-friendly place. No diaper changing place in either 2 restrooms nor high chair. This is a very small and crowded place so we understand. However, we requested for napkins for over 5 times and we never got them. We also asked for hot tea couple times and finally we had our tea before we left."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Definitely a favorite in the neighborhood. It's small, so make sure to make a reservation in advance."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food is aweseme, especially the hot pot. I went with my friends and even though our stomach was full at that time, once we smell it, we felt hungry again. The waitress are very patient and nice. The restaurant always full with people. If I have the chance, I will definitely go again. Highly recommeded it."
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "I went to Hakata Tonton with my girlfriend this past weekend and had a wonderful time. The food was great. We both ordered from the tasting menu and received the following: kanpachi sashimi, shabu shabu pork salad, tonsoku, one piece of a daily special sushi each (calamari-esque in taste), fried chicken, and the hakata tonton hotpot with ramen noodles at the end. Each course was fantastic, the salad being my girlfriend's favorite and the sashimi as mine. The service was very good. Each course came out quite quickly and there were no problems whatsoever. The ambience was nice, although the restaurant is quite small. Overall, definitely a worthwhile dinner."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Hands down the best shabu shabu I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. The wait staff served us with the utmost professionalism and consideration. It was also a lovely surprise when the waitress gave us Pez straight from the dispenser at the conclusion of our meal!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Excellent, authentic Japanese. Service was a bit chaotic but it could be due to the late hour. I will be back for more."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "I enjoyed the hot pot, which was very healthy and delicious. It is suitable in a cold winder season. The price is very reasonable. I would like to come back again, while it is difficult to get the table."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "If you like spicy authentic, tummy warming cuisine this is the spot. Although you need to reserve at least a month in advance to get a table between the busy hours. All the food flavor is a bit too strong or a bit heavy so don't get too overwhelmed and order too much. You'll regret later."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Wonderful staff, delicious food - I would live there if I could. But really, it's better than restaurants pretending to be fancy and charging three times the price. I wouldn't waste my money elsewhere. This is the place to eat anytime you get a chance!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "The food is just better than restaurants twice this price. It's actually better than restaurants three times this price. We never get enough of this amazing place!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "I've been coming here for years, and the good folks at Hakata Tonton continue their tasty work."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "First time at the restaurant. Didn't disappoint. Excellent sake! Exceptional food!!"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Great flavors, feels like being in Japan, a place to recommend for sure!!!"
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "I had a birthday celebration here and the entire restaurant was so kind and thoughtful throughout our meal. Our waitresses in particular were the sweetest and went out of their way to help us. Definitely recommend this place for unique food (we even tried pigs' feet!) and great service!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Interesting and new for us, was a great date night"
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "Not only do I love the food, but also I love the way they treat their customers. They are very friendly and kind! I truly think that the executive chef, Koji Hagihara sets a great example for servers because he treats his customers in such friendly and kind manner. I would recommend to order egg omelet with mentaiko, sizzling tontoro and home made gyoza. I always want to order more, but I get full with their generous servings. I would love to go with a large group so I can order and try more food! I shall return very soon!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Very homey food! Had the tasting menu as we had not been there before. Everything was very tasty. The staff were quite pleasant."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Always the best. If you want a Japanese dining experience that's more authentic, this is the place to go. Chef Koji is a genius."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "Second time I come here. This time was to celebrate my bday with some friends, and it didn't disappoint. Will be coming again and again and again for sure :-)"
    Dined on 8/5/2013
  • "i love the food here but it was very disappointing that we were the only table that seemed to be affected by the health inspector's surprise visit during peak dinner time on a Tuesday night. The table next to us were seated after we were seated, they ordered after we ordered, yet they received all their food in a reasonable time but we waited 1 hour from the time we were seated with no indication of what was wrong and no food came and only when we asked what the delay was we got a vague answer. It would have been a nice courtesy to inform us of what was causing the delay much earlier. We did not eat until 10pm with an 8.30pm reservation. This is extremely disappointing. I will not come back anytime soon."
    Dined on 7/9/2013
  • "all dishes beautifully cooked and presented.authentic regional japanese cuisine."
    Dined on 6/26/2013
  • "This place is delicious! I wasn't too sure at first, because it's authentic Japanese food, and I'm used to Americanized Japanese food, but this was amazing. Everything we ate was great. We got a sushi roll and a hot pot for 2. Delish!"
    Dined on 6/19/2013
  • "The only bad thing about this small restaurant is how hard it is to get an 8 pm reservation. And the occasional wait as the small kitchen labors to get out the food. Specializing in a particular and particularly delicious Japanese cuisine, it is also very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 6/18/2013
  • "Pig's feet galore! This place is a must for adventurous eaters and those who want to sample a cuisine that they've most probably never had before."
    Dined on 5/31/2013
  • "over price food, super small space, crowded seating, lack of airflow( we were sweating while eating!), long waits between food (I am not saying 5 or 10 mins, I am saying we have no food in between dishes for a good 20 mins or so), even a glass of water require a 15 mins wait! Do not recommend."
    Dined on 5/26/2013
  • "the foods was nice, but the waiting time before foods arriving was too long, good try"
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "The food is great, and you can try very different japanese food. Great services!"
    Dined on 4/28/2013
  • "Such a fun dinner at Hakata Tonton. Had taken so long to get a reservation but was totally worth it!"
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "The best BBQ pork feet I ever have...Love this place !!"
    Dined on 4/16/2013