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Yakitori Tori Shin
Yakitori Tori Shin

Yakitori Tori Shin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://torishinny.com
  • Phone: (212) 988-8408
  • 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: Japanese, Yakitori
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "This place was absolutely incredible! I last had yakitori out in southeast asia and figured I wouldn't find anything close in the US, especially in this neighborhood. But here they are! Had a great date there, they have some quieter 2-person tables in the corner, but also a fun group setting if you can sit at the bar. DEFINITELY make a reservation, they are not a large place and are quite popular."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "I have been Tori Shinn three times and everytime their high quality food amazed me. Although they have some rules for ordering Omakase course which is unflexible, but their service and of course, the tast of the food, can make you forget about small complains. I recommand their special Yakitori which is on the first page of the menu. I haven't seen a part of them even in Tokyo. Haven't tried all of them yet, but for the things I tried, they are all fabulous !! Next time, I will definitely reserve the seats which are right infront of the chefs."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "never rush to pay the bill. this was highly unacceptable for place at this level."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "a much higher level of yakitori you could usually get in Japanese restaurants."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "While the food is very good, the service is not up to the standards of a Michelin starred restaurant. Apparently Michelin has different standards for European restaurants than it has for NY based restaurants. There is no way a restaurant in Europe would have a star if they rushed their customers. After one hour in this place you could sense that they were rushing the food items hoping you would finish dinner so they could seat the next customers."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Never fails to impress me."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We've been to Tori Shin for years. The food was flavorful and small plates elegantly presented. But we were surprisingly disappointed this time. We ordered Omakase as usual. The meat skewers we got had no variety: 2 plain breast, one each of thigh/filet/liver, then corn/asparagus. My husband doesn't eat organ so he got tofu instead which he was not happy about because he was short changed on a meat skewer. We both could not recall the eighth. In the past, we were given some exciting skewers: soft bone/chicken oysters/ meatball, even skin/wings were better than a mere piece of breast. We spent $200 including 4 skewers for our son. Still hungry when we got home, we devoured some leftover donuts which were far more gratifying than the Omakase!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I've had yakitori in another city and hoping a Michelin star yakitori joint would be spectacular. Since it was my hubby and my first time in NYC on our own, the omakaze dinners we ordered were disppointing. It lacked variety, we expected more different parts of the chicken, we were served the breast, thigh, wings...where as at other yakitari places, we had the chance to try cheeks, chin, gizzard etc. The main part that really annoyed me was mostof the skewers were burnt on the outside and they all tasted the same. I was expected more flavoring and diff marinates. Anyway, it was once in a lifetime experience and would not recommend it."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "The food was fantastic and the experience was like no other."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "clean. very helpful in explaining menu. found that the most meat skewers were cooked just a tad too much resulting in not a smoky taste but a carbonized one. uni "box appetizer" looked like a good value for $25, but was just a millimeter thin. nice long waiting bench if you have to wait for your seat."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "My go to spot for yakatori in the States, a little bit of Japanese Heaven. Great food, Great service, Great chefs!!!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Worthy of the Michelin star. Great to go with anyone that loves gourmets, good friends, family and children."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "One of the best Japanese restaurants in the US. The ingredients, the preparation and the presentation, a thing of beauty"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I felt back in Tokyo sitting at the bar. Traditional skewers but also some delicate and aromatic plates well orchestrated along a very pleasant dinner."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The yakitori at Yakitori Tori Shin is exactly what one might expect at a yakitori restaurant in Tokyo - fresh chicken prepared to delectable, juicy perfection, simply seasoned, and perfectly presented. Yakitori Tori Shin is typical of the more upscale yakitori restaurants in Tokyo, minus some of the things that probably just wouldn't go over too well here in the U.S. (i.e. chicken sashimi - delicious by the way). I recommend doing the omakase, which is the chef's choice. There is more than enough food in that course even for the big appetite. Even if you're not adventurous, try the organ meats."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had an amazing anniversary dinner at Tori Shin. Chef Kono took very good care of us. Sake was delicious. Will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I never expected each skewer of meats to melt into my mouth! Sitting at the counter is a must!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "So Japanese! Very traditional and incredibly delicious!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Tori Shin elevates the simple concept of yakitori (i.e., grilled chicken parts on a stick) to an art form. I had the omakase, a beautiful sequence of delicious skewers and other small plates. Each one was better than the last, culminating in the fantastic chicken meatball dipped in egg yolk, and ending with a perfectly refreshing shiso sorbet. The service is discreet yet extremely attentive--a sake glass never goes unfilled, nor does an empty plate sit for more than a moment before being whisked away--and it's very engaging to sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work. A wonderful dining experience all around. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food here is delicious & consistently so. My only gripes are that it gets really hot in some areas of the restaurant & feels like there is no air flow...I was sweating at some points in the meal & that is never pleasant while eating indoors. It's also very popular, so it can get quite loud inside especially since the restaurant itself is very small. I felt like I was in the next table's conversation at points. But that being said, those factors would not stop me from eating here again and again! The food is that good!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I had the $60 10 skewer/ 3 vegie menu. Before things got underway the waitress was sure to ask whether I had any allergies or reservations about having the main artery or other skewers. I did not and each was excellent, accompanied by suggestions on which pepper or sauce to have with every skewer, as well as whether any was especially hot temperature - wise (watch out for the "oyster" skewer that's piping hot). Service was friendly and attentive, both from the wait staff and the cooks. "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "A great place to celebrate my 60th tanjobi with my family. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Just awesome yakitori cooking and outstanding OMOTENASHI treatment by all. Best Jspanese in NYC. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I was certainly satisfied with their high hospitality in Japanese."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "The omakase menu is at a great price. The chefs are very accommodating to your likes/ dislikes and you can pretty much pick whatever you want. They will also feed you until you're completely full. It's a fun experience and prefect for dates."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Requirement to do omakase to get any of the special skewers is annoying. Most things ran out by 9pm."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Yakitoti Tori Shin is a wonderful experience for adventurous foodies. The service - from the minute we walked in the door - was warm, welcoming, attentive, and very sincere. The entire staff genuinely cares about making your dining experience special. The food was unlike any I'd ever had, and each dish they serve is a little piece of art in both taste and presentation. We sat at the bar - as opposed to the handful of small tables they have near the window - and it was so fun to watch the chefs prepare each individual dish with such attention. I would highly recommend sitting at the bar. Which means this restaurant isn't good for more than 2 people - I wouldn't go with groups.Overall it was a fun experience with great food and great service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "This was a truly remarkable dining experience for those who really enjoy food and dining out! The service is impeccable and the food is expertly prepared. The whole experience (and it is an experience, not just a meal) is fantastic! They have a great sake list, wine list and beer list are there, but not as extensive."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Simply one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The service was prompt and informative; the waiter gave a brief introduction of each menu item with a cordial and accommodating manner. The food was excellent and the serving portions were just right. The place is small, so I wouldn't recommend it for a large party, but it is perfect for a couple or small group. I would definitely come back and recommend it to other prospective diners."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Seated at counter for the Chef's Yakitori Omakase (US$55/p).Some hits and misses, overall an excellent experience but largely an average meal. unlike at a sushi restaurant, the flow of the meal is unclear. COURSE [bad/good/excellent]: Deep-fried broccoli/tofu-spinach-salad/yellow-beans-and-carrot [good]; Chicken liver yakitori [excellent]; grilled scallop appetizer [side order,excellent]; chicken (whole)hearts [excellent]; chicken tenderloin [excellent]; grilled asparagus [excellent]; grilled potato [good]; "special skewer roast" probably "oyster" [excellent]; umami-dashi-jelly [bad]; pork-belly [excellent]; special mix chicken/duck [average]; broiled-sea-urchin-with-garlic [side-order, not worth it]; chicken skin [bad]"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Usually I'm very happy with their service...unfortunately this night, they served all the food practically at once... and took away my favorite dish before I was finished with it. Hopefully it was just a one time thing...and not a sign of decline in their quality of service."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We ordered several skewers and appetizers. Food was ok. Not sure why this restaurant has 1 Michelin star."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Absolutely fantastic food, but you need to survive from the starve. We ordered the menu and the 10 skewers set, it took them 2 hours to serve all of the food, so averagely we waited 10-15 minutes to get one skewer for each person! We literally were starving.... But I have to say, the food is beyond great. The chicken oyster and heart are my favorite so far, and the egg and chicken rice, I want to have a second bowl at the end!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The yakitori is very good. I recommend ordering the omakase if not for the different selection of yakitori not available a la carte, then because the food will arrive more promptly and you and your dinner partner will have something at the same time, instead of one skewer at a time, which is awkward. The waiter might have given us some guidance! The room is small - be prepared to be squished! The wait staff is busy and maybe overly burdened. When I ordered tea, it arrived iced in the middle of winter I asked the waiter for hot tea. She obliged though begrudging and annoyed."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Tori Shin is NOT a 'hangout with your buds, drink beer and eat inexpensive yakitori' type of place like Yakitori East. It is a high-end restaurant, with prices to match, which offers the best yakitori you can find in New York. The omakase (tasting) menu is the way to go for most people. It offers a range of meats, vegetables and fish prepared in a few different ways - all of which are spectacular. Among Japanese business people stationed in the U.S. that I do business with, this is the restaurant they all look forward to eating at when visiting NYC. While most of the clientele will be Japanese, Americans need not worry - the staff will make sure that you have an amazing experience."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "We started going to Yakitori Tori Shin within the last year and were hooked immediately! Food is simple, healthy and consistently excellent! We enjoy the very friendly and accomodating service by ALL of the staff. Although we live in the neighborhood, this is a magnet for diners from all over, and it is truly a fun experience to sit at the counter and watch the chefs at work on the open grills. Due to postage-stamp size, it is lively/energetic/bustling, yet seating arrangement allows for comfortable quiet conversation."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Dangerous left corner counter...burning coal splasing."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "The food is very tasty, but also very rich. If you do the omakase you'll try almost every part of the chicken from ribs to liver to heart. If you're a fan of dark meat and rich, grilled chicken flavors make yourself a reservation."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Still had to wait 30-40 minutes w/ my open table reservation b/c the restaurant mismanaged their time allotment. The food is good as always but somehow i feel there is a language barrier/ miscommunication with the servers. my omakase meal was tagged on additional fees. Won't be coming back anytime soon"
    Dined on 12/30/2013