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Chances of getting into Yakitori Totto tonight - 3/28

snaporaz Mar 28, 2008 01:28 PM

So I find myself in the unenviable position of suddenly having a dinner party go from 2 to 6 on very short notice. The original plan was to go to Totto and wait however long (up to 1 1/2 hrs?) for a 2-top at the bar or a table to open up. Except now we're 6. What are the chances that we can put down our name and get a 6-top on a Friday night (maybe the nook in the back by the window)?
And the wait? Any opinions would be very welcome.

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  1. Silverjay RE: snaporaz Mar 28, 2008 01:32 PM

    You will have to wait, but the good news is they do not take reservations after 7pm I believe, so if you are on a list and that table opens up, you can get it. My m.o. has been to put my name on the list, give them my cell number, and have a few drinks next door at East or sing some Karaoke for a bit.

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      snaporaz RE: Silverjay Mar 28, 2008 02:46 PM

      Thanks for the reply Silverjay, I read your posts all the time!
      The cell phone/drinks thing was my thought as well. Just wanted to see if 6 people was even doable...
      Anyway, plan B is Ippudo, since they switched their soft opening hours to evening until the 31st. So if Totto out-and-out turn us down, we'll just head down to Union Square. Of course I did go to Setagaya for lunch... but can one have too much ramen?

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        jgradieoakes RE: snaporaz Mar 28, 2008 08:34 PM

        Tell me about Yakitori Totto. Pretty awesome?

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          snaporaz RE: jgradieoakes Mar 29, 2008 10:16 AM

          FWIW we put down our name at 8:20 and sat down at 10:20.
          Overall the food is very good and great value for the money.
          Two weak points were the tako-wasa which had way too much wasabi (all at the table agreed, and we're no wasabi weaklings) and the fried baby sardines which were ridiculously salty. Other than that, the highlights were the tofu hot pot, and the various skewers which were all really solid.

    2. E Eto RE: snaporaz Mar 28, 2008 09:05 PM

      You should also check availability at Tory's on the east side, since it's a larger space for the same exact food, by the same restaurant group. The recently opened Soba Totto also offers a range of yakitori, so you could check with them too (also in an even larger space). I'd also suggest checking with Aburiya Kinnosuke (also part of the same restaurant group), but they aren't a yakitori place.

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        kobetobiko RE: E Eto Mar 28, 2008 09:17 PM

        Although Tory's and Totto offer the same menu, the food at Totto is actually better. When I went to Tory's a lot of the yakitori came out rather dry and some cold. I personally prefer Totto to Tory's.

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          xigua RE: kobetobiko Mar 29, 2008 06:41 AM

          Agreed with kobe's assessment. Tory's food and service can be very inconsistent. Has anyone eaten at Soba Totto and how does the yakitori there stack up? The room there is supposedly much bigger than Totto too, no?


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