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Yopparai Ronin, New York, NY

Yopparai Ronin

4.8
4.8
62 Reviews
$50 and over
Japanese
From the team of Yopparai comes Yopparai Ronin, an intimate space on the Lower East Side that offers guests a virtual trip to Japan. Inspired by favorite dishes and design elements from Yopparai, we offer a variety of yakitori and grilled skewers made from high-quality ingredients, including local chicken and vegetables. In our cozy space, you can enjoy our yakitori as part of a multi-course menu of authentic Japanese dishes, complete with sake pairings recommended by our experts. Enjoy our attentive service, relax in our unique space, and experience the tradition of Japanese dining.

Many dietary restrictions can be accommodated; please call for details and note any special requests in your reservation.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (646) 882-0510

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Junya Miura

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Cross street

    between Rivington and Stanton Streets

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    F/M/J to Delancey/Essex St

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. RP

    RachelP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    New favorite restaurant. The chef is a total genius and this restaurant deserves Michelin attention. Impeccable service, ambiance, flavor & creativity. Bravo!! Everything was amazing. Can’t wait to go back for more!!!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience and phenomenal service!
  3. XZ

    XintongZ

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday party with close friends. Very nice place, they have updated their menu entirely since my last visit but still good! I would highly recommend the 🍶selection. 5 different types of drinks and all of them are really good! The 4 people table is a very private room and very comfortable. We had a great time there!
  4. C

    Charlie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eugene is the man!! He guided my date & I through the menu and made us feel right at home. Ambience was incredible, and the food was amazing. Arigato Eugene!
  5. IJ

    IanJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best dinner, the food was outstanding and the sake pairing was perfect. Ryan gave us amazing service, walking us through each dish and pairing and teaching us about the exquisite dishes. We laughed, we cried (that black cod), it was a great night.
  6. SO

    SkyO

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My partner and I had an amazing dinner at Yopparai Ronin. We were looking for good Japanese food on our last day in town and were pleasantly surprised to find a same-day reservation available at a nice place like this. We went in not quite knowing what to expect, especially since some old photos online made it look like this place is a rock-and-roll themed Japanese bar (it isn't, and those were photos from before they renovated and rebranded. Also note this place is different from the sister restaurant down the street just called Yopparai). We were so we glad we went. The food was top-notch. They serve a six-course omakase tasting menu, with some options to choose from for one of the courses. We loved every dish we had. The food is fresh and seasonal; they revamp their menu every few months and had a couple of specials available to choose from as well. The sake pairing was also delicious, and I'd recommend adding it on if it's in your budget. The service was above and beyond. The staff was super friendly and knowledgable. Our main waiter made great dinner conversation and even taught us a bit about Japanese culture. After our meal was over, he even hooked us up with a table at the speakeasy bar next door (where we also had a great time). I'm definitely going to tell my friends about this place, and I hope to come back next time I'm in NYC.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I feel like I went into this experience unprepared, but the staff was so accommodating and helpful explaining things to me that I was new to. Everything was delicious and I wish I could go back soon. If I could give a higher rating for the service I would.
  8. NY

    NYer

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had an excellent omakase set last evening. Our host, Kevin, took excellent care of us, explaining carefully what we were eating and drinking. The room was pleasant, quiet, and elegant. The food, even were it not properly explained, was interesting -- different tofus, little shrimp meatballs, smoked duck, sashimi, NY trout,... -- and all honestly delicious. I highly recommend this place (but please, stay away so that I can get a seat next time).
  9. C

    Chuck

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked counter for two to celebrate our anniversary on a Saturday night. Fantastic service, first and foremost. Kevin and Ryan walked us personally through every course, gave excellent sake pairings, and even stuck around with us after the meal to share multiple celebratory drinks (the smoothest Green Tea Shochu you'll ever taste...) on the house. Food was excellent. The right mix of temperatures, textures, and flavors, paced perfectly. Great price point, too. Very cozy, intimate ambience. Felt like we were the only people in the restaurant, with VIP access to staff. Slightly speakeasy vibe from outside, without super-prominent visibility from street. Amazing experience. Very happy to celebrate our anniversary there and will definitely go back as they keep iterating on the omakase!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible experience all around. Would not recommend.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a treat! 6 course meal that included sake. The place is small and tight, but the staff make it feel intimate and cozy. I highly recommend!
  12. MM

    MMmM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible omakase, tremendous quality and a lot of food. Some of the most nuanced and interesting food I’ve ever eaten
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. There is brief intro for each course and the flavor in each course is balanced perfectly. I’d definitely recommend the place, especially who want to try the omakase.
  14. M

    Mudd

    Detroit

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent if you want to try a unique, authentic Japanese experience. The waiter will cater to your Japanese experience as you see fit.
  15. s

    somethingspicy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Remarkably special omakase experience from the atmosphere to the food to the service. Must give it a try
  16. p

    pufferfish

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome dining experience. Excellence food, service, ambience.
  17. CB

    CarylB

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Delicious food, thoughtfully prepared and exquisitely presented.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and nice serve!
  19. S

    Stelliebellie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was everything I hoped for, the perfect special dinner experience, mesmerizing food that felt like a transportation. Quiet and elegant too.
  20. SL

    SamL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very well taken care of and the food and drinks were delicious. The ambiance was great and I enjoyed our little corner booth with the whole traditional set up. Would go there again for a date night or a treat!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10…..every part of the meal was incredible. The staff made us feel like we were on vacation. The food was unique and delicious.
  22. AK

    AhmedK

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional experience for our daughter 12th birthday. The Omakase menu was outstanding and only exceeded by the attention from the staff!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. No issues.
  24. ES

    ElaineS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem of a restaurant. We felt very special having such comfortable seats in such an intimate setting that had very charming decorations. It easily felt like you were in Japan.
  25. EH

    EricH

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu, ingredients and preparation were very unique and tasted like it was culturally authentic (I've only visited Kyoto once). The outdoor dining allowed us the opportunity to sit in a traditional dining booth but with a heated space for your legs. The server (Kevin) timed the serving of the dishes at a very good pace. We were informed on how to eat the food properly and given the details of all the ingredients. It felt like taking a trip to Kyoto and was very delicious and enjoyable.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent. I had never done omakase before, and I would certainly leave myself in the chef’s hands again. Kevin provided excellent service from opening to the door, waiting on us, and seeing us out.
  27. XZ

    XintongZ

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A unique Japanese restaurant in NYC. The full course of food brings many surprises to me. Most people think that Japanese food is Ramen or Sushi, here, Yopparai gives you a different view. In addition to traditional sashimi, the main course includes Sukiyaki, Seafood Tofu Casserole, Udon noodle, and Miso Soup with Rice (and more). This is a completely different experience from the traditional sushi course. My friend and I actually enjoyed those different types of Japanese food and Japanese culture. Btw, add $20 for Wagyu is highly recommended... The place is not big and reservation only. My friend and I had a two-person space which is sweet and quiet. The services are also great, the waiter is very nice and patient. Even the price is a little bit higher than other Japanese restaurants, I still highly recommend everyone who loves Japanese food to have a try!
  28. R

    Robin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was an amazing experience. The first thing I noticed was that the service was stunning. Kevin was incredibly knowledgeable about all of the food as well as the history of Yopparai/Yopparai Ronin itself, and gave detailed recommendations on how to use the sauces, how long to cook the sukiyaki, etc. The food was delicious - the sukiyaki wagyu beef dipped in the raw egg accompaniment had a slight sweetness that I especially loved. The presentation was incredibly artful with every individual mushroom, slice of daikon radish, or sliver of snow crab carefully arranged in a pleasing way. I've been to kaiseki restaurants like Odo, Tsukimi, etc. that are twice the price and while those were also beautiful experiences, I personally felt like this was just as good overall, and even better in some ways. A tremendous value.
  29. m

    momo

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful space & food with the warm, Japanese hospitality that brings tranquility.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was an exceptional Omakase experience. Presentation and flavors were fantastic.
  31. K

    Kyle

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A rare and enjoyable experience with a chill and helpful staff. A little refined without any pretentiousness
  32. YS

    YevS

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very classy, well done, well staffed and well informed menu in a quiet romantic venue. Would highly recommend if you're looking for an immersive menu that doesn't require a lot of thought on your part, since all of the detailed thinking has been taken care of.
  33. D

    Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely Valentine’s Day meal. Exceptional food and service. The outdoor booths felt warm and toasty. Couldn’t be happier.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal time, as always - great food, great people!
  35. L

    Lava

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we love this place and will definitely go back. the menu will be changed every couple months and we don't want to miss any of them!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Hmmm… Maybe I am being harsh but for $420 for two people, I expected a lot more… You’d go anywhere with the amount and it will be better food than here… sorry… just everything was not going together…. Unagi Ochazuke was really weird with sauce and all… most food was just burdock roots and mushrooms. Outdoor traditional table was a good idea but it gets cold really quick and the waiter doesn’t help turning it back on…. Waiter seemed like he wanted to explain the food but wasn’t sure he cared whether we were comfortable or anything. Still gave 20% tip but just wanted to add that it would have been nice if the kotatsu didn’t turn off the mid dining and became too cold to sit out. Food really wasn’t good at all. I’m sorry…
  37. KC

    KristinaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great curated menu and a unique dining experience. The server was extremely knowledgeable and explained all the dishes in detail, and engaged us in fun conversation as well. A great deal for omakase in the city at only $110pp. There were two off menu items that could be added to the meal for an additional $20. The sake menu was great as well. Highly recommend to anyone searching for an omakase meal.
  38. L

    Lucien

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Marvelous experience, delicious meals, service impeccable!
  39. LM

    LMHL

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Impeccable service, delicious, well-portioned and satisfying 5 course meal with wonderful sake to accompany it. 4-stars only because it is a quite expensive meal that relied on a lot of vegetable and dashi throughout (meaning it didn’t particularly feature outstanding proteins to justify the price point) in a relatively humble (though comfortable) setting. I still absolutely would recommend and would love to try it again in the future to see how the meal evolves. The food we received was all delicious, and our service was top-notch, kudos to the whole staff!
  40. PL

    PaulaL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was just a lovely experience, everyone was so kind, the food was delicious, and would def go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

FAQs

Yopparai Ronin is rated 4.8 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Google Map for Yopparai Ronin

69A Clinton St, New York, NY 10002-2426

Additional information

  • Cross street

    between Rivington and Stanton Streets

  • Neighborhood

    Lower East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    F/M/J to Delancey/Essex St

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Junya Miura

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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