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
82 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (26)special occasion (22)late-night find (11)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (5)vibrant bar scene (3)good for groups (3)notable wine list (2)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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  • 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!!
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelModerate
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tokyo Yakitori in NY
    eigoba
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
    Noahnic
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants in the city. Never fails to impress me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Real Deal Yakitori
    danirose
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing yakitori
    Modea2
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Had an amazing anniversary dinner at Tori Shin. Chef Kono took very good care of us. Sake was delicious. Will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Finest Yakitori
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I never expected each skewer of meats to melt into my mouth! Sitting at the counter is a must!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!!
    Yumminess
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    So Japanese! Very traditional and incredibly delicious!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Yakitori
    AlexVIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 213 reviews are from the Yakitori Tori Shin reviews archive.
  • Tasty, Hot & Loud
    eatdrinkrepeat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent, authentic Yakitori
    SJP3003VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greatest Yakitori in NYC
    ToddVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    A great place to celebrate my 60th tanjobi with my family.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real YAKITORI is here
    PHLJ
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Just awesome yakitori cooking and outstanding OMOTENASHI treatment by all. Best Jspanese in NYC.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    pocorin
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I was certainly satisfied with their high hospitality in Japanese.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Be adventurous
    Fimak304VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    Andy
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Requirement to do omakase to get any of the special skewers is annoying. Most things ran out by 9pm.
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  • For Adventurous Foodies!
    SPenn
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding in every way!
    L02118VIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • one of the best
    JamesL
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Simply one of the best Japanese restaurants in the city.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent first impression
    Jkim
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good
    Derek
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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]
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Usually I'm very happy with
    JbirdVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
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  • Was expecting something better
    ItalianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We ordered several skewers and appetizers. Food was ok. Not sure why this restaurant has 1 Michelin star.
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