Yakitori Tori Shin
Yakitori Tori Shin

Yakitori Tori Shin

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://torishinny.com/
  • Phone: 2129888408x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 6:00pm - 11:30pm, Thursday - Friday: 6:00pm - 12:30am, Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:30am, Sunday: 5:30pm- 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Yakitori, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Shu Ikeda
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Takeout

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bet 64st and 65st
  • Parking: No
A word from Yakitori Tori Shin
Tori Shin is Not your ordinary grilled chicken definitely not your usual Japanese restaurant. Bincho-tan(charcoal) yakitori, organic chicken, fine sake and sho-chu. In NewYork, there are a growing number of Yakitori restaurants, but Tori Shin stays true to it's roots, and true to the art. Tori Shin is the only bonafide yakitoriya (chicken griller) with over 40 different unique chicken skewers offered. And Tori Shin remains the only yakitoriya directly linked to a highly-respected, and successful yakitoriya in Tokyo, Japan.
We are proud and grateful of compliments from our Japanese patrons as being true-to style of the Tokyo food culture scene, but our dream was to share this Tokyo experience with others. Since the beginning, our mission was to promote the most authentic, Tokyo stile yakitori experience, using the highest quality ingredients, hence the name Tori Shin: True chicken. Seatings are mainly at the counter, with cook performances.
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Yakitori Tori Shin reviews from OpenTable diners
78 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)neighborhood gem (26)special occasion (21)late-night find (12)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (3)good for groups (3)romantic (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • very authentic
    gayjinVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    i love this place. reminds me of many yakitori places in akasaka where i used to live for 4 years. truly a gem. the best yakitori place on the island of manhattan!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic yakatori in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Doesn't get any better or authentic then this. Food quality is excellent and the service is always friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Consistent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    I've been coming here once in a while for about 5yrs now, and it never disappoints. The food is great, the place is small but lively, and the service is friendly. It's definitely not on the cheap side, but I think the course is a great value & variety for the price. I'll definitely return whenever I have a craving for yakitori!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ecstasy
    Nicolas
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    This was one the most amazing food experience I had in these last years. Period. Food quality, variety, cooking, and taste were perfect. Service was impeccable. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Sake selection was great (especially by the glass, if you explore restaurants alone like me). This is the kind of place where you bring your best friends because you care about them. I only wish I lived in NYC... Now I have to plan my next trip... Final words: Strongly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great good but not standardized
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    I love this place and their food but I do have a bit complaints. Each time I went I ordered the 55 dollars omakase set meal. Not until my second visit did I realize the dessert I got first time was much smaller than I should get. And I alaways got the special oyakodon. But the latest one I got used a smaller bowl than I used to have. I really hope I should always get what i am supposed to get or more.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Japanese Style Yakitori
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    This is the very Japanese Yakitori retaurant. If you are not familier with that, you may feel some unexpected things as the other commented. But this Yakitori can serve the real Yakitori.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely slow service
    paul
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    We ordered chef's omakase which serves eight skewers (2 veggies + 6 meat). The food was decent but the service was incredibly slow. we were seated at 6pm and by the time we were finished it was 9pm. It took nearly 20 minutes for each skewer to be served to our table. Even worse, the waitress forgot to serve us the 2 appetizers that were supposed to come before our omakase dishes so we had to ask for them after we finished our main course... If you love Japanese skewers go to East Village... instead
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tokyo in Manhattan
    AconstanVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Tori Shin is an authentic Yakitori joint similar to the best places in Tokyo. The food is fantastic. The Tare used to season most skewers is rich and delicious. The presentation is spot on. Also the foodie flourishes were delightful. In particular the Japanese Tomato served with rock salt was spectacular as a palate cleanser and a perfect ripe tomato experience. Besides my son and I there were only Japanese in the restaurant at the time we came (a busy friday night right in the heart of the service time. Place was packed and service was gracious. Though not cheap (given the product is chicken) the price is the lowest I have seen for an authentic Tokyo experience. In NYC to get such a great meal at a sushi bar would be three times the price.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • About the taste
    USHANK1
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    I go to Japan often, therefore, I have my own benchmark about Yakitori . The taste of source is okay but some sticks were just over cooked and blackened too much. Also, the portion of each meat is a little bit too small. Overall, still the best Yakitori in the City.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Japanese Yakitori
    ToddVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Tori Shin is like having your favorite Japanese Yakitori restaurant transplanted from Tokyo to NYC. The look, taste and ambiance are "the real thing".
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service
    Megumi
    Dined on 6/5/2013
    If you appreciate real high quality food and you want real Japanese yakitori, this is the place to go! The service is amazing too. It is not cheap, but it's totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    I have been here several times. And I was impressed by the amazing food and hostility every visit. Price is moderate for a Michelin restaurant. Cozy space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A piece of Tokyo in NYC
    Mats
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    This is just how a good yakitori place is in Tokyo. Noicy, happy people, great food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dining experience, loves it!
    Cotton
    Dined on 5/26/2013
    Best Yakitori in town! Char grilled uni was delicious! Omasake was a great value! Heart joints aka main arteries was awesome.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently great
    timtamtummyVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    I've been here a number of times when I have friends who are visiting from out of town - and have always had a good experience. The yakitori is really well done and prepared, and my favorites are the aorta, gizzard, chicken meatballs, and the chicken oyster. First-timers should try for the omakase menu (or chef's selection) which is reasonably priced and includes a selection from the 'special skewer' section. Generally you are not able to choose the skewers even then, although you are allowed to make requests (although it is not guaranteed that they will be able to accomodate you) and tell the chef what you don't eat. They have a good selection of sake as well to complement your meal. In short, go with an open mind and empty stomach!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been to Torishin many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    I have been to Torishin many times. Unfortunately, this time the service was very poor. We had to ask for water several times and they finally brought us water after 20-30 min. Getting a refill was even harder.... Even the Sake we ordered took forever to arrive at our table. The food which is usually very good was brought to us some what cold most of the time as it was sitting on the counter waiting for a server to bring to our table. Maybe the place, which is small, has gotten too crowded for them to provide good service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Derby
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    This is my second visit to Tori Shin and it was even better than the first. This is some of the greatest food and sake that I have ever had, and the service is perfect. It's definitely pricey, but well worth the expense. And I rarely say that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never visit again!
    Hisabon
    Dined on 4/28/2013
    All food is too much salt ! Chikin is not jucy. Frozen yakitori are better this restaurant. We don't find reasons why they got Michelin star? Poor food poor service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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  • Awesome piece of Tokyo in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Excellent food! One of the best Yakitori places I have eaten in many countries. Service is good. Ambience is smoky at times, exhaust system can be improve. Food quality is great and surely will return next time I'm back in NYC.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • Where's the star quality?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    Your dining experience at this place is going to be greatly affected by where you are seated. If you, like me and my company, are seated in the corner behind a large pillar almost completely obstructing the view of the rest of the restaurant then the ambiance is completely lost. I will admit that the skewers of inner thigh meat was fantastic. However at $55 for the Omakase I shouldn't have to have two skewers of great taste and the rest being of equal quality to anything I could find in Chinatown at one tenth of the price. I'm perplexed as to why this place has a Michelin star.
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  • All the food was so good.
    LamchopVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    All the food was so good. Even green tea icecream was so different. Felt like as if we were in Tokyo. We had so much fun!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is my four time to Tori
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    This is my four time to Tori Shin and every time it is great. I had the omakase and love it. My favorite is the chicken soft bone.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tori shin is my all time favorite!
    Ricky
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Tori shin is my all time favorite! Go everytime I visit Manhatten.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food and one of
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    Delicious food and one of the best omakase deals in the city for $55.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food and service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Fantastic food and service! I've eaten at Torishin many times and it is my absolute favorite place for Yaki Tori. A recent trip to Tokyo confirmed my opinion of the excellent quality of this restaurant. It is as good as you'll find in Tokyo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rip Off!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    Really dissapointed, was so looking forward to a great meal, sadly didn't go that way. Started with the Waygu beef, which was so dry we had to chew on it, and ofcourse we ordered 2 of these since we love Wagyu, what a waste. The chicken was so so, not bad but not a wow either, nothing to go back for. The veges are the only good thing here! The service was non existent, would be better if we could order and go pick it up from the grill ourselves. Don't waste you time and money here, there are a gazillion other places to eat in this wonderful city!!
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  • Foods are prepared carefully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    Foods are prepared carefully and well. The ingredients are very fresh.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was great but we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/11/2013
    The food was great but we had seat by the door and every time someone came in (which was every few minutes in this busy restaurant) a cool gust of wind came with them. Really cold and distracting! The service was uneven between attentive and very polite to distracted and overwhelmed. The food was delicious and the saving grace, with great sake and shochu seletion
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • The food is amazing, and the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/5/2013
    The food is amazing, and the service is superior. The staff helps you through the menu (try the Chef's tasting menu) and explains each dish as they bring it out. It is a fantastic environment and it is fun to be sitting right by the bar / BBQ station and watch them prepare everything right in front of you. Overall a fantastic spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food and attentive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    Excellent food and attentive service. My favorite restaurant!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dashimaki Tamago
    hoopVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    You have to wait for a while even if you make a reservation. In spite of I made reservation at 7pm, I could sit a table at 8:15pm. However, I love their "Dashimaki Takago". but if you want to eat it, you need to order Dashimaki when you open the door. because they need 30min to one hour to cook.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Yakitori! Good Sake
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2013
    Great Yakitori! Good Sake in an authentic setting.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best customer service, we
    Shy2014VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Best customer service, we arrived a hour early due to mis-calculating the traveling time, they still gave us a table as soon as they can without having us to sit an hour long^^
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food comes out very good overall.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Food comes out very good overall. But sometimes there's some disappointing skewers served up (unevenly cooked). Other patrons told me rumors that the old chef had left. Our party, all previously having dined here, all agreed that this time was a little lesser experience. Will try again in the hopes that the kitchen returns to its previous high grade quality. (Have marked it as "notable wine list" but really mean to say "notable sake list")
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Some of the chicken skewers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    Some of the chicken skewers were cooked to perfection, however my wagyu beef was over cooked, and since they use the same sauce on everything, all the skewers taste very similar considering the flavor profile. Allow at least 2-3 hours for dinner, because its extremely slow. We had the chefs menu, which promised 7 meat skewers and 3 vegetable skewers, they announced final skewer at our skewer number six, after a talk with the chef, they served us two more vegetable skewers, and within 1.5hrs we were only served 4 skewers. I've been here many different times, I'd say they have their good days and bad days, be there for a late dinner, as there are less people and better services offered.
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  • The food and the ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/17/2013
    The food and the ambiance are great, all a bit tight but that adds to the fun of the place. Main problem was that I had a confirmed reservation and still had to wait 45 minutes till the table was ready.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed. Too salty and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Disappointed. Too salty and too many meats. Only good thing is the plum wine.
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    notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Authentic Yakitori in NYC
    anonymous
    Dined on 12/12/2012
    Authentic Japanese Yakitori restaurant. Of course, it's a little bit pricey than the other real Yakitori places in Tokyo, but in NYC, they are most authentic style which are made by reliable fresh chicken meats. Chef's recommendation course has a good value for the first time visit. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I don't like the fact that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/9/2012
    I don't like the fact that they give out drink menu first and kind of pushy about if I want any drink, I have to wait long for main menu, also,they ar very pushy again about if i am interested about the specail wagu beef,I am sorry to say, I came here for chiecken which is what you are famous for. When I pay bills I pay cash but they don't have enough change so they ask me how much I will give for tip,I say 18 %and they shoulod give back my change after tip, but the when I took back my change, they think I did not put tip,anyway, the wait stuff's english is not good, so there is some misunderstnading,not sure I will go back again, and don't even understand how they get the 1 star..............
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • For a Michelin-starred restaurant,
    jsalVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2012
    For a Michelin-starred restaurant, it was mediocre. The hostess was accommodating but the service from the waitstaff was poor. Our requested skewers were forgotten, the main course on the omakase was missed, and the bill was incorrect. The food was disappointing, except for the chicken and egg rice dish and the soup in the omakase menu. I won't come back. There're lots of comparable, much cheaper Yakitori places in the city.
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