Yakitori Tori Shin

4.7
417 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
In NY, there is a growing number of Yakitori places; however, only Torishin stays true to the traditional art form. Torishin offers over 40 unique chicken skewers utilizing matured, organic chickens and special Bincho-tan charcoal, while offering a fine selection of sake and shochu.
Torishin is also directly linked to a highly successful yakitoriya in Tokyo, Japan. Our dream is to share this Tokyo experience with others. Our mission is to promote the most authentic yakitori experience, using the highest quality ingredients and the highest level of service, hence the name Torishin - "True Chicken."

Please be advise that we ask our guests to be the minimum of 12 years old.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Yakitori, Japanese Speciality
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday : 5:30pm - 11:30pm
Thursday, Friday & Saturday : 5:30pm - 12:30am
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Phone number
(212) 757-0108
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Shu Ikeda ,Kono Atsushi
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
9th Ave
Additional
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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SI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I REALLY wanted to love Torishin. However, there were real issues with both the FOH and BOH that stood in the way of me doing so:

1. The server up-sold us drinks we didn't want. We asked for two cheap glasses of Sochu to try out something we were mildly interested in. She brought us a carafe and started pouring as soon as she got to the table. She spilled a little on the table, then panicked and brought a glass from elsewhere and left the carafe and glass with us saying "on the house". Later a $36 carafe appeared on the bill. The two glasses we had actually ordered would have totaled up to $12. I have a real issue with this practice, whether intentional or not.

2. We ordered the omakase, specifying we wanted off cuts. We received: Chicken Thigh, Chicken Breast, Pork Belly, Chicken Meatball, Chicken Oyster (actually thigh again) and Chicken Kneecap, none of the artery, heart, gizzard, or skin that we were excited about. Aside from getting the "safe" cuts, almost every dish was a little under seasoned, with the thigh and breast both being slightly overcooked. The rice/soup dish was an unimpressive hodgepodge served at the wrong point in the meal. Soup should be served first, and for the love of god keep the rice separate. Feels like an attempt to hide bad rice cooking technique. Also, a $40 uni app was NOT cooked very impressively and served with mediocre bread. If you have the guts to charge that much for an app...make it good. I'll take good technique over gold leaf any day chefs.

These complaints coupled with a $300 ticket price were just too much for me to reconcile. It just felt like the wrong format for Yakitori. Consequently, it felt clumsy and unimpressive, but that didn't make them come down on the price. They lost their Michelin star this year. I hope they consider reinventing their service. There is a lot of potential here, so if they do, I might be back. However, with all the options available for truly good Japanese, I doubt I will be.

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BG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, unique and delightful chicken-based dishes to try. I was not a big fan of the gizzard/liver, if I could do it over I would probably request no organs (with the exception of the heart).

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London
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Long wait to be served. Food was slightly bland, didn’t live up to our expectations

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YE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made some changes on my reservation for Sunday Nov 7, and the staff was very accommodating, We enjoyed the food very much! I will definitely be back again.

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MY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service of the restaurant was excellent.

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OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

サラダがとても美味しかったです!

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OT
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chicken was so fresh and juicy!
Especially, Chicken oyster was so juicy.
May be no1 popular.
Everyone likes this.

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DL
Montreal
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstanding food and sake. An amazing experience. Love it...

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food quality has noticeably deteriorated since my last visit. It appears that in both the preparation and the cooking of the food there has been a lapse in attention to detail. While the food remains very good, I hope the quality can continue to be maintained at its previous high standard.

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R
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was beyond expectation. That uni was awesome.

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v
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The service was disappointing: 1. We put a note of "husband the "occasion" also got confirmed over the phone, and the receptionist even suggested candles, etc. However, no special prep was made at all when we arrived.

2. When the server poured soju, something dropped to the cup. She apologized, taking the cup away, and retuned with an empty cup - that whole cup soju was wasted and she didn't even explain.

Food is absolutely amazing, as always.

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OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was spot on, the set menu is brought out in just the right order and the pricing for at least a couple of hours and the presentation and attention from staff was on point with a second Michelin star.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reasonable price for Omakase!!
We're satisfied with service and yakitori.

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GR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Rather too much sameness among the various skewers. And more mild flavors than I expected.

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AM
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite!

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J
Baltimore
12 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Who knew that a chicken focused restaurant would be so wonderful? Omakase menu was wonderful, staff was great, will definitely be returning soon.

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M
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the very best yakitori reatauranta in the world. The flavors are absolutely authentic and the quality is extremely high. One of the very best dining experiences in NYC.

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What's a memorable event!
The service is very nice.
Yakitori skewers are very tasty.
Torishin deserve The Michelin Star Restaurant in the USA.

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PY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Food overall was very tasty however a bit over priced.

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ER
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Great attention to detail and excellent service. Very deserving of Michelin star. Food was delicious. Nice ambiance and well laid out eating area.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was good but mediocre for 1 Michelin star. Better meal and service in a good izakaya in any part of Japan. Michelin rating is useless

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

The restaurant has good reviews and a one star Michelin. The service was excellent and we had a lovely lady helping us. The restaurant itself is small, very noisy, the tables are very close next to each other and our neighbors were speaking loud so we couldn't hear each other. We chose the omakase. We had so much chicken it was overwhelming. We had 8 rounds of chicken, some very chewy and bony and others not very tasty. It was too much chicken and little variation. The dishes were also sometimes a bit too cold. The wine was not chilled. All in all very disappointing at a huge expense.

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Every skewer was perfect as usual, but they should offer wider space for customers at yakitori counter. Tight space make us feel umconfortable and seems tightfisted despite authentic atmosphere and awesome dishes.

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and great service. Everyone is so attentive and friendly. Love Torishin!!

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TZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service and very mediocre yakitori. For a michelin star restaurant, I expected way more.

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DC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful cuisine and service. Really a special experience

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G
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was very patient with us, as one of our guest was late by an hour.
The maitre D was not as patient and told us we have only an hour and a half to eat our meal.
We understand that the restaurant is small and did NOT intend to be late, sometimes things happen at work.
The server made ALL up to us by providing a special treat for my birthday celebration, and we also ordered
alot of Sake to drink while waiting for our last guest.

All in all the restaurants server saved the day for ALL or us!
We wanted to share the experience with our friends in from LA, and they loved the restaurant!
We will of course be back.

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DO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

tasting menu was very good but next time will order a la carte for more vegetables.

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious and reasonable price! Service is satisfactory.

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RC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service!

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s
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic Japanese restaurant! I love it!
One sad point was that there were so many children that it was noisy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

skewers are great! I like the organs.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful place to dine with friends. I will definitely come back soon

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KJ
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst Japanese restaurant ever!
They look like traditional Japanese restaurant, but the food was terrible and their service was very bad.
I do NOT understand why they have one star Michelin. It must be mistake.
I do not recommend this restaurant at all.

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E
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

A lot of misses on the menu and more expensive than your normal Izakaya, such as a $6 rice.

A lot of interesting things are only available as omakase and it requires the whole table to get it. I guess u can't eat those skewers without a certain order? But all the other skewers are fine all come together? Hmm....

Don't go, and spend your money elsewhere wisely.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really friendly staff who made the occasion special. Many thanks

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DB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yakitori places are few and far between in NYC, but this place is a gem. Delicious soft bone cuts which I crave! Side dishes were so yummy too! I will be back!

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OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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TH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing and the service is nice. It derserve the Michelln Star.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delcious every time and impeccable service.

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