Yakitori Tori Shin
Yakitori Tori Shin

Yakitori Tori Shin

  • 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: 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
94 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (40)special occasion (26)hot spot (18)late-night find (11)romantic (7)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (4)vibrant bar scene (4)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Best yakitori in town
    tckinnycVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Torishin is one of my favorite Japanese spots in NYC and undoubtedly the best yakitori joint in the city. I have a friend who runs a yakitori joint in Japan and even she raves about how good Torishin is. I have been here about five times this year!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst yakitori place ever
    Kai0277VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    The speed of the service was exceptionally slow. It took about 15 minutes to get our cokes and 20 to get our waters. However I have noticed if you spoke Japanese, you would get what you ordered at a much faster rate despite being one of the first customers to arrive in this restaurant. I think preferred treatment is a very negative aspect about this restaurant. So I also give service one star. It really hurts I see people getting served while my girlfriend and I just wait here and sweat. We didn't get our food until an hour after placing our order. If a restaurant cannot manage to serve it's customers after 20 minutes it should either increase staff members or reduce seating. It is not that hard. Putting a stick with meat on a grill is a pretty elementary job... Food... 2 stars. Overly salty. Overpriced and not flavorful enough. We wanted white rice, but they forced us to order the soup and rice set which cost 10 dollars each. The soup was just chicken broth, and the rice was just, well rice. They also misplaced our orders, they claimed we ordered the duck and asparagus but in reality we didn't. Fortunately I typed down what we ordered as proof on my phone so it was quite embarrassing for them. Service was super slow and impossible to catch the waitress' attention, but upon finishing our meal she rushed over with the bill even before I finished my last meatball. Overall I have to give this so called establishment one star because even though the food merited two stars, everything else was so poor that it pulls it down. And seriously, who charges five dollars for a coke and 10 dollars for a bowl of plain rice? What a joke for a restaurant with a michelin star. Not to mention my clothing reeked after eating there. Never getting my business again. I'm letting all my associates know about the mistreatment we endured here
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  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This was our first time dining here on Saturday night. It's quite different than other nights because they run out if things! We didn't anticipate this and had to choose alternative skewers...so lesson learned! Either way the skewers we did get we're still amazing
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique
    DjphinVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    You won't find anything like this in the city. Very authentic Japanese experience. Amazing attention to every detail of the meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WastingfoodisasinVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    This is 2nd time to dine here. Enjoyed Omakase and Oyako-don. Master Chef and server were so friendly and helpful to understand how they purchase the precious chicken from Pennsylvania. Each of us opened a half bottle of Rindo 2010 from Kenzo Estate. The wine was incredibly amazing. Shame on Chef, unfortunately the restaurant does not have a proper or decent wine glass.
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  • Skewered delights.
    PapayaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    One of my favorite meals in NYC. Biting in to the scalding chicken parts fresh off the grill is painfully delicious. The tasting menu is the way to go, with exotic parts handpicked by the grill master, seasonal appetizer, rice bowl or chazuke as a finale, and a refreshing shiso sorbet to cleanse your palette. You will leave full, satistfied and left feeling like you were in Tokyo for a moment, in this cramped, smoke-filled, chicken paradise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Omakase is perfect!
    nyfoodie212
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I had a wonderful dining experience here. One thing to note: We did have to wait about 10 minutes to get seated for a 9PM reservation. The waiting area, although they have chairs, was very small, so that was a bit of an unfortunate situation to begin with. But once we got seated at the counter, we were 100% satisfied. I recommend getting some shochu to go with your chicken! The ochazuke and macha ice-cream were wonderful at the end. It may feel a little crowded at times, but this adds to the Japanese experience!
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    fit for foodies
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  • authentic yakitorirestaurant
    the247hustler
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I am Japanese foodie eating out many yakitori restaurants in tokyo. this restaurant maintains authentic yakitori taste, and variety of shochu matching well with yakitori and price is also good. one point I want to raise is that taste of some yakitori and oyakodon were a bit salty.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    food good but not worth the value. the specialty skewers were what i wanted and you cannot order them unless the whole table places a order as well
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    DorothyMichaels
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Exceeded my already high expectations. Presentation was great, and pace of the meal was well-timed (I didn't feel rushed at all --enough time was allotted in between plates). Be warned that the smell will linger on your clothes for a short while after you leave... but that's not necessarily a bad thing!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Fabulous ;)
    Tati
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The most delicious Japonese restaurant if you are not into sushi.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best yakitori in nyc
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Incomparable to other yakitori places. Chicken is super flavorful and cooked perfectly. Omakase is one of the best deals in the city. Special skewers are not offered anywhere else at the same quality.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed...
    JapaneseDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Sadly, I have to say we were disappointed. Foods (skewers and oyako-don) were generally over-salted. Service was below average - we got incorrect items at least 4 times, the wait staff couldn't answer questions about the menu, I had to ask for water/tea and its refills every time. And the bill was very high considering the quality of the food and service. Overall, it was okay, I mean not terrible, but I'd rather go to more reasonably priced (yet still good) yakitori place in more convenient area.
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  • Excellent food, service &experience
    ParisPerfectVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This small and intimate gem of a resturant is tucked away on the East Side of Manhattan, not too far to walk from mid-town but far enough to escape the tourists. If you have been to Japan and loved the Yakitori you will be in heaven here. Make reservations ASAP, sit at the bar not at one of the only 3 or 4 small tables - and enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great tour of Japan
    loveliuliu
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food is great, of course, but I really want to recommend the restaurant for its atmosphere and decoration. You will find yourself diving into Japanese culture while enjoying the food there.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Wonderful!
    Kwess
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    My mom and I had dinner at Tori Shin Tuesday night and we both loved it. Our server was extremely nice and attentive. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend the tenderloin with wasabi skewer and the avacado dish. This was our first night in NYC and it set a great tone for the rest of the trip. Wonderful meal!
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    i knew yakatori meant grilled chicken but wow did we eat chicken! it was all meticulously prepared and presented, flavors were memorable. would have appreciated a bit more variety in the omekase in terms of more organ meats (only had liver) and other types of meats but our party of 6 had a fabulous time nonetheless. i recommend the extra $3 for the mentai chazuke - hot rice in broth w salty cod roe, wish i'd saved room because i was so full by the time this came out! come hungry as portions are very generous. and finish w the shiso sorbet, perfect ending.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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  • 1st time
    hman
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My wife and I had a great omakese meal here on a Sunday evening. Great deal for the price, we were stuffed. High quality food and friendly staff. Will return!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent yakitori
    nycfoodienewbie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    It was busy on a Friday evening and had to wait around 10 min before I was seated (even with reserving). Seating is limited and not suitable for groups. I ordered the omakase and was impressed with the food from A to Z. Succulent, well seasoned skewers of chicken, duck and vegetables were well presented and timing was nicely spread out. I just wished for more offal skewers (I only got one chicken heart skewer) but found out that you can make special requests with the omakase, so next time! A rice bowl and dessert rounded off the meal. Hot sake and kawame rice shoju on the rocks were spot on. Overall, an excellent yakitori experience with good value for money.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elenaghi
    GhisellaGhi
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    My favourite japanese restaurant in ny . I think people misto try what is the real japanese cuisine and not the japanese food only for sushi. We love to stay there is like to be in shibuya Tokyo area. I love to ho there and always i have One nightclub dinner when i'm in nyc
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Outstanding
    CrazyChef
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    An absolutely outstanding meal and experience. Not to be missed.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Not sure about it
    LamjVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went on a rather humid night and it was very hot in the restaurant. We were novices as this was our first visit. The server was incredibly patient and helpful explaining the menu. As we all were not interested in the omakase, we had to work within the confines of the ala carte menu, which generally consisted of skewers that tasted pretty much the same, good but not special. The chef, in a friendly manner, told us to next time get the omekase as that is where they got their Michelin star. I suspect that is good advice.
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  • Amazing!
    bassish101VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Amazing yakitori! I definitely would recommend getting the Omakase menu on the first visit. The chicken skin is my favorite skewer, but all of them are very flavorful and cooked to perfection. Some of the best chicken I've ever tasted. I'm very sad they'll be moving away from the UES...
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long wait but GOOD!
    dvyy
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    A little too busy and we usually have to wait for our table. This time our food took longer than usual. Food always good so guess worth the wait!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Omakase
    Daisy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    I wouldn't have minded yakitori, oshinko and rice dish.. Any other thing not necessary. Overly a fun evening with friendly servers in our 4 seat alcove
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Yakitori!
    crunchy
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Best Yakitori place in the city.
    SuperabbitVIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • aaaaVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    never rush to pay the bill. this was highly unacceptable for place at this level.
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  • worth going
    duoduo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    a much higher level of yakitori you could usually get in Japanese restaurants.
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    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tokyo Yakitori in NY
    eigobaVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife is japanese and we lived in Japan for 12 years. This is a Japanese Yakitori restaurant transplanted into NY. The Food is excellent the atmosphere like being back in Tokyo.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service can be much improved
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
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  • Incredible
    NoahnicVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Never fails to impress me.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Been outstanding, now disappointed
    Foodiebean
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Burnt!
    jello123
    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.
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  • Great Yakitori
    techgirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The food was fantastic and the experience was like no other.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 223 reviews are from the Yakitori Tori Shin reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Yakatori Heaven
    Ricky
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    My go to spot for yakatori in the States, a little bit of Japanese Heaven. Great food, Great service, Great chefs!!!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for foodies, yakitori lovers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Worthy of the Michelin star. Great to go with anyone that loves gourmets, good friends, family and children.
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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  • So good
    ADE68th
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    One of the best Japanese restaurants in the US. The ingredients, the preparation and the presentation, a thing of beauty
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A genuinely authentic yakitori
    TommyDVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.