Shochu and Tapas AYA

4.2
11 reviews
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Tapas / Small Plates
Shochu and Tapas – AYA – Opened in 2013 and located in Midtown East on East 50th Street Between 2nd & 3rd Aves, the restaurant conceptualizes Japanese cuisine with European tapas, and offers uniquely crafted small plates. The restaurant seats a total of 50, and has a bar counter that seats 12. We strive in creating an urban oasis, where friends and families, small to large numbers, can enjoy a precious dining experience, or that special moment.

Ayako Otake, the founder and renowned as New York’s first Shōchū sommelier, invites you to experience her unique pairings of tapas and the city’s largest collection of over 40 different Shōchū brands.
What 11 People Are Saying
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4.2
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3.9
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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good selection of Shochu and staff has great recommendations! Food is tasty and authentic, except for the beef tongue stew which is on the sour side. The manager assured us that the stew is fresh, but since we’re not used to the taste and left the plate almost untouched, he didn’t charge us for the item. Will definitely return.

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JN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Quiet small casual place in midtown. Surprise the place is half empty for the night. Variety of Shocyu and good tapas is good for girls night out and go out with co-workers from work.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was really bad. Thrown together quickly with no typical Japanese care and artistry. My suggestion would be to hire a new chef and go back to the basics. Also overpriced for the quality.

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GC
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Went out for a dinner date with my wife. We chose Monday night because their website stated that Monday's there would be live music. Unfortunately, their piano needs repair. Everything else about the place was great; food, service, ambiance, and timing were on point. They are courteous and welcoming. I recommend this place and would definitely return. Let's help them get that piano repaired!

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o
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff are almost always nice and friendly making the place cozy.
One thing to mention is that the oysters did not taste good to me.

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OT
New England
24 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was really good as were the cocktails. The only reason I rated 4 instead of 5 stars was that several dishes in the menu were not being served.

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OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It's not really fusion. They just serve both cuisines.

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T
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Try the Kagua beer. pass on the egg on egg. Do get the ratatoullie! Yes to the chicken! Great for business meals imo, but not so much for a romantic dinner. Service is great.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We had a terrible experience. They didn't have 3 things that we ordered and they didn't inform us until we asked them about it after sitting there an hr. We ordered the $30 steak and garlic rice.... And the steak came out rare but we had requested med rare... We asked for it to be a little more cooked then 10mins later still no steak back so we gave them a benefit of a doubt that they were bringing us a brand new dish...15mins later it's back but the tiny 5 slices of steak is now BEYOND well done... We ordered the scallops sashimi with ikura.... It came 1hr & 30mins later!!! Only because I saw it come out and given to the table that just got their seats after us?! When I inquired where's our order, the waitress said another 5mins. We were done by then, not due to satisfaction or enjoyment but finally starved beyond comprehension. 1.45hrs later we were fed up because we only had 4 tapas dishes... (uni & egg, mushroom bruchetta, squid & seafood stir fry & over cooked steak on rice!) We seriously had more drinks than food because we were waiting so long thinking that maybe if we ordered one more drink we can enjoy it with our food. Starved we asked for the bill... And to top things off they charged us twice for an item?! They weren't busy... 3 tables including ours so I have zero idea how they mange to keep their doors open.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Very noisy and cold.
There some draft even we sat all the back from the front door.
Customers who were sitting around us were telling the same thing.

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