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where can I get better yakitori than Yokocho has?

foodwhisperer May 2, 2012 12:27 AM

Yokocho is great because it is open very late, the price is right, and it's kind of cool in that it is hidden upstairs. It's changed over the years. They have a bar in the side room, it used to be a disco. The back used to serve korean food, not sure if they still do. I go for the Yakitori mostly. The clear soup is good and so are the dumplings. But the yakitori are really good, the chicken meatball yakitori not only taste good the balls roll really far if you drop it on the floor by accident, as I did the other night . In any case, is there anywhere that has really good yakitori in manhattan,

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    kathryn RE: foodwhisperer May 2, 2012 05:15 AM

    Tori Shin?

    1. Peter Cuce RE: foodwhisperer May 2, 2012 05:17 AM

      Yakitori Totto.

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        nmprisons RE: Peter Cuce May 2, 2012 07:43 AM

        I enjoy totto as well, but i am far from an expert on the subject.

      2. Silverjay RE: foodwhisperer May 2, 2012 07:03 AM

        Last time I had yakitori at Village Yokocho, some of the items were still partially frozen, which makes sense as we saw them defrosting the sticks in bulk at the beginning of service. I stick with the homey Japanese and Japanese-Korean specials posted on the wall. Skip the yakitori. Usually the spherical tsukune are the industrially made type.

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          foodwhisperer RE: Silverjay May 2, 2012 10:00 AM

          Interesting, I never had anything resembling frozen, but i'll look closer. They taste really good to me. They originally were only known for their yakitori, the korean came later. I'll have to go back to Tori shin or Totto again and try their yakitori, i never ordered yakitori at either.

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            Silverjay RE: foodwhisperer May 2, 2012 10:11 AM

            Both those places are yakitori specialists- referenced in the shop names. Yokocho is a budget catch-all izakaya. You will for sure be stepping up several notches in quality at those places.

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              foodwhisperer RE: Silverjay May 2, 2012 03:40 PM

              thanks. That's the plan. Tonite every sushi place I called that i like is booked,, Sushi is getting too popular .

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          Ricky RE: foodwhisperer May 2, 2012 07:39 AM

          Tori Shin. I finally went friday and they had the best oyako don I ever had in ny. Their raw eggs are super bright deep orange like the ones you would get served in Japan. Only annoying thing, you cant order things like hiza nankotsu, neck bones, chicken oysters, or ovaries ala cart, you can only get them in their omakase course or maybe they make an exception if you are a regular. At totto you would have to show up at like 6pm to order these items before they get sold out Also the place got surprisingly dead after 8:30PM on a friday night.

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            peter j RE: Ricky May 3, 2012 09:19 AM

            Tori Shin is great. It has more of a business-vibe than Yakitori Totto, which is much more casual.

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              Ricky RE: peter j May 3, 2012 10:12 AM

              I didnt get that vibe. When I went it was mostly Japanese families, lots of kids, a few salarymen. Once 8:30 hit, the place cleared out a bit, and then the flock of upper east dude bros, #menswear types came in chugging hot sake and asking why there isnt a roll list.

          2. JungMann RE: foodwhisperer May 3, 2012 06:17 AM

            I'd be curious to know reviewers' feelings towards Yakitori Taisho. I had my first meal there last week, which I reasonably enjoyed, but I have no point of reference for yakitori in New York.

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              kathryn RE: JungMann May 3, 2012 06:22 AM

              It's OK and convenient as there's usually not a huge wait on weekdays. But the quality of ingredients and cooking technique are much better elsewhere.

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                foodwhisperer RE: JungMann May 3, 2012 09:50 PM

                I like the yakitori at Taisho. I'm not sure if that is the place or Kenka on St. Marks where I ate bull penis.

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                  Lau RE: foodwhisperer May 4, 2012 06:32 AM

                  its kenka, kenka has a bunch of stuff like that

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                    Silverjay RE: Lau May 4, 2012 06:45 AM

                    For example, like cute underage B&T ABK girls.?.?.

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                      Cheeryvisage RE: Silverjay May 4, 2012 06:53 AM


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                        Lau RE: Silverjay May 4, 2012 07:45 AM


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                  Lau RE: foodwhisperer May 3, 2012 08:30 AM

                  tori shin or yakitori totto are both def better particularly tori shin

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                    Cheeryvisage RE: Lau May 3, 2012 08:35 AM

                    I hear Tori Shin uses charcoal grill? A friend said she preferred Tori Shin over Yakitori Totto because of the charcoal element.

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                      Lau RE: Cheeryvisage May 3, 2012 08:50 AM

                      yah they've got a charcoal grill

                      i need to actually go back there to review it, its been a while since ive been there

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                        Ricky RE: Cheeryvisage May 3, 2012 10:10 AM

                        The charcoal taste is more pronounced in the veg offerings.

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