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Permanently Closed - Mr. Robata

243 reviews
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$50 and over
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Mr. Robata on Broadway in New York is a grill and sushi bar that offers contemporary Japanese cuisine that also has a flare of New York style. The restaurant itself has a modern and sleek appearance, but most people come to the eatery for the items on the menu.

Mr. Robata puts a lot of emphasis on the presentation and the appearance of the food offered, and many of the items on the menu look like piece of artwork. In addition to the sushi and other items offered at Mr. Robata, visitors will find a range of tasty drinks available.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Japanese, Sushi, Contemporary Asian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Daily: 12:00pm - 1:00am (Mon-Sat); Sundays 2pm-11:30pm Manhattan's all new late night contemporary Japanese cusine.
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Phone number
(212) 757-1030
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Masaki Nakayama
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Private party facilities
Let Mr. Robata provide the backdrop for your next private party. Finding a venue for meetings, private parties, and celebrations can be difficult in New York City. Time is of the essence in most cases, and if you know who to call, the party throws itself!
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Cross street
52nd & 53rd St.
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Parking details
Parking Garage located directly next door.
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Public transit
#1, #9 , B , D , E Trains available.
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Special events & promotions
Let Mr. Robata provide the backdrop for your next private party. Finding a venue for meetings, private parties, and celebrations can be difficult in New York City. Time is of the essence in most cases, and if you know who to call, the party throws itself! We will be glad to host your next party, and can accommodate parties of up to 45 persons.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on January 14, 2015

Unfortunately this restaurant has gone down hill rapidly. Used to be a favorite but not likely to eat there again after last experience.

vipFoodie58 (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on December 29, 2014

We used to enjoy Mr. Robata as a good meal pre-theater. They changed the menu a whe back and we weren't happy. We tried it again after not being there more than a year. The service was poor, they do not have enough help and their menu hasn't improved. We will not be back.

vipJim01 (St. Louis)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2014

Enjoyed Mr. Robata last month before attending a show. The rolls were creative, fresh and delicious. The salads we ordered prior to dinner were unique and in large portions.

vipRSNY (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on November 20, 2014

good option near theater district, and happy hour deals are very good

Luvtheater (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 8, 2014

Husband and I went for early dinner before the theater on a Saturday night. From start to finish the service was great! But we will especially go back because of the food! Had the roasted artichoke with chive aioli. It's one of those dishes you moan, "Oh it's so good", as you eat it! We also had the skirt steak with garlic chips, the skewered filet mignon and the chicken wings! OMG all delicious. Yes, you can tell we're carnivores. We chose all our selections from the "Robatayaki Grill" section, but the menu has many salad and sushi, etc. selections. This is now a favorite!!

MaLiz (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2014

Good food and nice vines. The only down side was we started to eat during happy hour but did not get informed about that bottles not includes. after we told the servent we got a discount so it was nice anyway

GuilfordGuy (London)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2014

A nice find for sushi and other Japanese food in the Times Square area, before a show. Pleasant atmosphere and service; well-presented and tasty food; and unique sushi rolls.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on October 20, 2014

If you're looking for a place to satisfy hunger, Mr Robata does that well. Didn't love it, didn't hate it.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on August 24, 2014

We were quite disappointed in this restaurant. The ambiance was cold and stark. The wine list was almost nonexistent and when my husband ordered the house Chianti he was told that they were out. The ladies at the table next to us ordered the Sangria that was advertised as the day's special and they were out of that as well. The food was ok, the server very pleasant but I would not recommend this restaurant.

Cityfood (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

The appetizers and the dessert was really good. The sushi was fresh and tasted really good but was not amazing enough to suit the price. Racked a 120 dollar bill for one appetizer, three rolls and one dessert + tip!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on July 7, 2014

The waitres didn't tell us what we where ordering the triple of the food

vipD1C2L3 (Denver)
4.0  Dined on July 6, 2014

We found this restaurant on Broadway not far from Times Square. The sashimi, rolls and entres were all fresh and well prepared. Service was quick and pleasant.

Tachibana (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on July 4, 2014

This is not an original japanese restaurant. The food tastes more like ocidental. I tried the sushis, and they were salty and warm. And they cost 5 to 15$ each. I would not recommend it for people who knows what a good japanese food is.

Buonissimo (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on May 27, 2014

presentation, service, and food are superb..Friendly people in there, the food is artistically presented and the drinks are great.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 15, 2014

If you like sushi and you are going to see a show, search no more, Mr, Robata is perfect for you!

vipLuv2Eat (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 4, 2014

We stopped in to have drinks and a bite to eat before the Lady Gaga concert on Friday and were not disappointed. We ate three different types of rolls and were blown away by the tuna taco appetizer that we ended up with a triple order!! The only thing that was disappointing was the soy sauce; it was a regular soy. It was too light for the sushi/sashimi, but still good. Drinks were absolutely amazing and our waiter was attentive, efficient and an abolute pro!

vipnancy (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on April 3, 2014

In the theater district and great for a 5 pm dinner. Waiter very helpful with suggesting items. The pork bellies were delicious.

Michael (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2014

Absolutely fantastic! From the moment we walked in there was a classy yet relaxed atmosphere with a very chic decor. The wait staff was incredibly diligent and kind (& very flexible with our complicated order). We each had a three course meal (perfect place to go before a show). He had the Noodle Salad & I had an order of the spicy french fries. Both were exceptional. The fries were spiced perfectly & something about the way they cooked the chicken in the salad was incredible. For dinner he got the Crispy Chicken Burger and I got 2 sushi rolls. Everything was simply awesome. A unique flavor to everything & a wide ranging menu. Even friends of mine who aren't fans of Japanese food would love the menu & it has a very romantic/modern NYC vibe.

vipmarkienyc (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2014

I took my girlfriend here and we both loved it! I am not a fan of sushi (to say the least) but was pleasently surprised at all the cooked options. I had the grilled skirt steak which was outstanding. My girlfriend loves sushi and she claims this was some of the best she's ever had in the city. Prices were decent for midtown. Highly recommend it!

LuvNYCdining23 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 28, 2014

Went to dinner here with a friend a few nights ago . I usually stay away from midtown west however to my surprise this place was very good! Very friendly staff, nice decor and very laid back automosphere.
Menu was extensive and included sushi items as well as grilled items and wagyu sliders.
Sushi was very fresh and the pork belly simply melts in your mouth.
Decent selection of sake and very creative cocktail list. Def will go back when in midtown

Bowsandarrows (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 26, 2014

I went here with my husband this past week and we felt extremely welcomed. Service was great and our server was Rey nice. She was very helpful when we asked her to explain the menu. The food was amazing over all. I had sushi rolls, dreams come true, stardust and the spicy scallop crunch roll were delicious. My husband had the grilled scallops and the sort steak. Everything was really good and we finished off the night with the exotic bomba dessert.
I am definitely coming back. I absolutely loved it!

vipJsapien (Mexico City)
2.0  Dined on February 21, 2014

The service was fair, with the waiter frequently absent. Sushi was fair and similar to what you will find in an airport restaurant. Only the skewers where very good.

kskl (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

Was recommended by our hotel but found the menu limited and the food not tasty. Filet was dry and tasteless, sushi, better in my home town. Would not recommend.

vipDinewithdogs (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2014

Was looking for a neighborhood gem. Wanted to love it but still just lukewarm about it. Food was good but very basic. Service could have been stepped up a notch - experience, knowledge and therefore presentation to customers.

Asked server if it sake we ordered was too big for two people. His response- small, he would be able to finish it by himself. A Shaku Masu cup & standard tokkuri pitcher=144 ml, a common serving size, & good reference. Ours=720ml, 4 single sake a bottle of wine.

Absolutely did not love the large TV screens everyone. May be best suited for a happy hour, quick meal as opposed to a destination.

vipIgor (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on January 17, 2014

We used to love this place but food and service is getting worse.
We went there this Friday and robata grilled mushrooms were cold and lamb was frozen inside.
We also ordered same hot expensive sake and they brought us 2 distinctively different sakes in 2 cups.
Do not recommend.

Traveler (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on January 11, 2014

Service was fast and friendly. Food was very well presented and tasty. The prices were not cheap but not out of line either. The chicken wings, bok chou, and sushi were all very good. The dessert- a ball of sorbet covered in white chocolate was outstanding. I would recommend this place to someone looking for a very good Japanese grill & sushi restaurant.

vipJoe3 (Toronto)
3.0  Dined on January 9, 2014

We found this on OT looking for a quick pre-opera bite. We had sushi, a chirashi bowl and some spicy tuna tacos. OK, Nobu 57 it ain't, but for the purpose it was exactly what we wanted. Walking distance from the hotel, super fresh well made dishes, Japanese beer, and the whole world passes before your eyes when you look out the window (it is on Broadway a little north of Times Sq.), and you're out in 45 minutes if you want to. Service is ok-ish (they had a little trouble remembering stuff), but friendliness made up for that. It is not super cheap, but apparently they had some happy-hour thing going on, because when they brought the bill they had taken $ 30 off. At $ 100 or so, a steal for the area.

Billf (New England)
3.0  Dined on December 30, 2013

This was a good choice for a light, late night (after theater) meal. Sushi was fresh, service was great, and we were seated and served quickly.

Jassim (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 30, 2013

Very nice restaurant close to time squre international food plus perfect japanies food

Yumyum (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on December 26, 2013

We love Robata because it's not only terrific sashimi but the grilled veggies are outstanding. Only disappointment was the host who seated walk ins before us and gave them a prime table while trying to foist off a twofer right by the drafty door on us. Happily, the manager popped over and made sure all was well.