Hakata Tonton
Hakata Tonton

Hakata Tonton

  • 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 2122423699

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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Hakata Tonton reviews from OpenTable diners
37 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.6
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelEnergetic
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)neighborhood gem (16)hot spot (12)late-night find (10)special occasion (6)good for groups (4)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • No tip!!
    IvvyVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Good service and they follow Japanese culture that is no need to tip there
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Adrian
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    The service was great. I loved the positive aura from all of the waiters. The food was also amazing. I don't usually have hotpot but Hakata Tonton's hotpot was delicious. I would surely go there again for a special occasion or to have dinner with friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love pork feet
    PinkAmy
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    hot pot taste good, especially in the winter,and the pork feet are healthy to women, dessert are good too, will go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Execellent food;firnedly staff.never disappointed.
    HyacinthH
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    must haves- grilled Pork Tonsoku w/spicy garlic sauce Garlic Fried Rice Fresh Crunchy Whelks Sashimi Kampachi Sashimi w garlic ponzu sauce Grilled Tonton Pork Belly, miso paste
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, cozy atmosphere
    kaywashere
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    A small, cute little izakaya with great food. It might seem a little pricey at first, but you need to factor in the fact that they don't accept gratuity, so I think the cost evens out in the end. They made my birthday dinner an absolute surprise and delight. The staff is Japanese and always super sweet and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    jpyaya
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Hakata Tonton is just amazing! You won't believe what you've been missing. Go and try it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fattyforlifeVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good food, though it was rather heavy on the salt. Took forever to get the bill though...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    WritertypeVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    New York should have more restaurants like this. A specific, little-known regional cuisine, seemingly very authentic and definitely delicious, frequented largely by Japanese people but very welcoming to those who are from elsewhere, and moderately priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth it
    Jess2174
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I feel we missed out since we didn't order a hot pot (all looked delicious). Instead we ordered several hot plates--gyoza were amazing, garlic fried rice was delicious, miso black cod was a little on the small side and not amazing, and the chicken wings were good. Friendly and inviting ambience, difficult to visit without a reservation. Tips not accepted, and the waitress told us when she dropped the check, which I appreciated. Glad we went!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very good value for money
    paulito
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    you get a lot for your money, but ambience and noise level prohibit a better rating
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not so great this time:(!
    Seattle34
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We had a reservation which was confirmed yet didn't get a table and we're put at the bar. Walk-ins were given tables ..... Maybe because we were the only Caucasians in the restaurant? Air-conditioning was out, had at least three different servers. Food is amazing, yet treatment was poor at best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Expensive mediocre food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I used to love the food here. I havent been here in over 2 years and the food has really gone from YUM to mehhh. I was really looking forward to eating since I havent been here in over 2 years. But it was quite disappointing. Food lacked flavor it used to have. My favorite used to be the garlic fried rice, it was made horribly this time. They used rice that was very sticky and put nothing in the so called fried rice. It was basically sticky rice topped with scallions and garlic bits, it was bitter and utterly dissapointing! The place was very hot too, to many hot pots in the middle of summer with only one window and one AC unit that wasn't cool at all...they really need to work on venting out the small dining room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 200 reviews are from the Hakata Tonton reviews archive.
  • Good but uncomfortable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty japanses food
    wenwen
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I expected more re hot pot
    YPadVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best food ever
    jpyaya
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best service and food
    jpyaya
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome
    SmorgasboardVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Reasonable priced and the best regional homestyl non-sushi Japanese restaurant in NYC
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite !
    ba13y13ea12
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Favorite restaurant in NYC - delicious food and amazing service. There's a new restaurant rule that they do not accept tips! Traditional Japanese restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    jpyaya
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    It's always amazing with great service! Unusual and delicious menu selections.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extraordinary service!
    sgny
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner Hakata Tonton
    pandas
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Best Hot Pot
    guiwood
    Dined on 2/10/2014
    The tasting menu is amazing and should not bee missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, not so good service
    Noname
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and delicious!
    FoodJunkyNYCVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Definitely a favorite in the neighborhood. It's small, so make sure to make a reservation in advance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Japanese Hot pot
    Brian
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Great Dinner at Hakata Tonton
    JimmySFoodIdk
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hands down the best shabu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, authentic Japanese.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Healthy and Delicious !
    Global1
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Kyushu Cuisine
    danii
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    jpyaya
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • the best
    jpyaya
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tonton never disappoints!
    MUSA
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    I've been coming here for years, and the good folks at Hakata Tonton continue their tasty work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner!
    Adamsam
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    First time at the restaurant. Didn't disappoint. Excellent sake! Exceptional food!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    cocoy
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    Great flavors, feels like being in Japan, a place to recommend for sure!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    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!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    RicaVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    Interesting and new for us, was a great date night
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful restaurant to visit
    yk841pink
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very homey food! Had the tasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    Very homey food! Had the tasting menu as we had not been there before. Everything was very tasty. The staff were quite pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic