Permanently Closed - Robataya NY

4.3
49 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. At Robataya NY, where festive meets intimate, we pair organic,
local ingredients with their select Japanese counterparts.
Originating in the Sendai region of Japan, Robatayaki is
a traditional Japanese barbecue where fresh seafood,
savory meats and seasonal vegetables are grilled
before you over an open hearth.
Whether you choose to sit at the lively counter
or relax at the dining room near our Japanese garden,
your dining experience at Robataya NY will be
unlike any other in New York City.

*For counter seating, please call the restaurant directly*
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Japanese, Japanese Speciality, Grill
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Hours of operation
Daily
Lunch (only Fri, Sat and Sun): 12:00pm - 3:00 pm Walk-in
Dinner Tuesday-Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:45pm
Monday closed
Reservation preferred
*For counter seating, please call the restaurant directly*
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Phone number
(212) 979-9674
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 49 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.3based on all time ratings
4.3
food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.7
value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful, nice place. Great food, happy with service too

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D
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Great fresh Japanese cuisine well executed in the Robotaya style. Giant prawns were priced differently on menu versus on my check. When I called this out to our server he spoke with manager and said they were sorry but that’s the price. I consider that poor customer service. It’s a shame as it was otherwise a nice restaurant.

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was small portions but very good. Would recommend for anyone that enjoys authentic Japanese food. They don’t serve many sushi rolls which was unfortunate but the apps were delicious!!

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

Decidimos ir al robataya y q q el año pasado estuvimos en Kipot y fuimos dos veces a cenar nos había encantado, pensamos q este sería igual pero para nada !! Para empezar el ambiente nada q ver allá es como q cocinar divertido
La exposición de las verduras y los Pescado’s pesimas la verdura toda vieja !
No nos fue bien esperábamos mucho más!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good experience

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p
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Disappointed in this restaurant. Went on recommendation of a friend, but found food to be bland and unexciting. Was not able to sit at counter since it was booked, though had requested it. Had 'signature' rice dish with mushrooms and it turned out to be just a sticky pot with steamed mushrooms on top -- no taste at all. Dishes were poorly timed so ended up waiting a long time in between. We were new to this restaurant, but they did not seem interested in having repeat customers-- not special experience.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good but dishes were too small for the price. Especially the grilled vegetables

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Extremely overpriced. Tiny portions Spent $500 and went out starving
Service abominable I would never recommend this restaurant and was very disappointed. Just not worth it

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DF
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great Fish Grill... Everything was great and fresh. Great place to try something new... You may ask, "You can eat that!?" But when you do it's ambrosia (Not the Fruit Salad).

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pricey, but wonderful. Treat yo self.

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Berlin
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

incredible Japanese restaurant. I highly recommend to taste the vegetables - it's amazing and unusual! Thanks I had a great dinner

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D
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A combination of the incredible staff and the amazing food made us forget that we weren't actually back in Tokyo.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible service. We had to ask for our food. They didn't have three of the dishes we asked for and didn't let us know until
20 minutes after we ordered. They didn't seem to care about the length of time waiting or any of our comments. Do not go. Horrible.

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very expensive for average food. The portions are incredibly small for entree-priced items.

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k
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Felt like I was in Japan as soon as we walked inside. Beautiful decor and traditional preparations. Loved the grilled fish and the robata. Recommend both the vegetable sampler (we had asparagus, shishito, and shiitake) and the meat sampler. Scallops were gorgeous in the presentation, but disappointing on taste. Good selection of sake.

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M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The place provides decent food. The portion is small so it is likely you will get to try all kinds of offerings. The waiters are friendly and courteous.

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d
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding and the restaurant itself reminded my husbamd and I of being in Japan. Note that the portions are small.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here to celebrate my birthday with my family. Great food. Reasonable price. Must try their seafood chawanmushi. Best one I've ever tasted.

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CL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our family of 7 went for dinner while in NY. We had a lovely table and great service. Dinner was very authentically Japanese. Small portions. Delicious umami flavors. Beautiful spare presentation.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

This restaurant is a shadow of its former self. Our waiter was confused about the contents of the specials and my main course arrived before the appetizer. The food used to be great but now its just okay.

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MK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been here a few times for birthdays and loved it each time. Will definitely be back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to disappoint. Best restaurant in the city hands down.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A bit pricey but food was absolutely delicious! And such a peaceful atmosphere too!

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LL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, amazing Saké

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O
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese food. Everything was excellent!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2017
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

i came on the 1st of January with 5 friends from France,we have waited 50 min to get the order,almost all of what we ordered was not available anymore.....i know this happens,especially after new year eve....but nobody told us when we got the menu,so we had tyo change our mind in 2 minutes
and it was just freezing inside....i had dinner with my jacket...table next to me,the girl had a hat on her head....
the food was amazing but the rest was horrible,and one of my friend got sick after....as we stayed almost 3 hours
i came on new years eve 2014 and it was amazing,i told my friend it was one of the best restaurant i have been......but my friend were not happy at all

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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst restaurant I have ever been to. Avoiding this place for god's sake.

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s
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

I called and was told there were gluten free options on the menu...turned out only the raw and some cooked fish. No meats, salads or vegetables according to the wait staff. That was disappointing and also the portions were very very small.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The dishes are extremely small

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x
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, wonderful food and service, a little pricey but worth it!

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Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Our experience was mixed. We were seated immediately at the time of our reservation and the wait staff was friendly and attentive. The food we had - grilled vegetables, grilled steak and grilled duck - was all quite good, especially the vegetables. However, the proportions were shockingly small, and we ended up ordering another dish because we really didn't get enough from the first three we had. We enjoyed the general ambience, but the noise level on Friday evening at 9 was too high to easily have conversation. Perhaps it would have been less noisy at an earlier hour or on another day. So although the food was well done and the service was good, the stinginess of the portions and the loudness of the room would make me reluctant to go back.

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B
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robataya is a unique and authentic Far East restaurant dining experience. Call it "culinary theater" one can experience while watching chefs preparing original dishes from Your own selection of fresh ingredients. Servers are attentive and part of the whole crew interaction in
" vocal and visual " show just for You ! Food presentation and taste is superb!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The minute you walk in, you are immediately immersed in an environment that is not NYC... Transported to Japan... hosted, served and fed with regard, quality and deliciousness!!!

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DL
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This place is not bad. But compared to its fame (thanks for TV), it doesn't raise to the expectation. The chef has skill and the grill items were good. But for the price, the ingredients need to be in better quality. A snapper chazuke cost $21 is still high, even in Manhattan standard. It was authentic and flavorful but nothing dramatically good enough to be $21. Also, I know the business is good, tons of people, etc, etc. But if it takes 20 mins to assemble one rice dish then you got some issue at management side.

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G
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Food was fresh but portions were extremely small for the surprisingly overpriced menu. After a meal (only one round of drinks per person) that cost over $80/person, we walked away literally still hungry, and had to go to another restaurant to fill us up. Grilled meat items were all dry, overcooked, and flavorless. Fresh grilled fish was very small and came out with hardly any marks to provide a grill flavor despite our specific request for this. Veggies were good but each order allowed just a couple bites. The ambiance was good and noise level relatively low, allowing for good flow of table conversation. Service was above average but not memorable. Overall, pretty disappointed. The $12/person meal we had subsequently at a Chinese restaurant nearby was far more satisfying.

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S
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The grilled vegetables were the outstanding items on Robataya's menu. Every one we sampled, from asparagus to enoki mushrooms to shishito peppers was delicious. The grilled meats were another matter; steak, tepid, overcooked (we asked for medium rare to rare) and flavorless. The chicken with teriyaki sauce was even less palatable. With these cautions in mind, ihowever, it would definitely be possible to pick and choose a great meal from the menu if you know what to order. Definitely worth a try.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is the first time we sat at the table and not at the counter where we can watch the chef Robatayaki our food. Our dining session is kind of noisy with people celebrating birthday party.
Insist to be seated at the Robatayaki counter.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is extremely good and authentic. Everything is so fresh and flavorful.

The ambiance is amazing, as everything is set up like a traditional Japanese backyard.

It is really pricey, so go there for a date or special occasion!

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OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and great service. Will definitely be back to try the other items

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SY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

It is a great dinner
nice and fresh sashimi
Japanese garden with top roof window and Open area kitchen to perform the grill fish and veg
I had post on my Facebook social to introduce to my business partner and family must go

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