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Yakitori totto - mini report


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Yakitori totto - mini report

kayonyc | May 10, 2007 06:59 AM

After hearing the chatter on these boards, I decided to try this place last night - and what a gem it was. A smallish but stylish spot, hidden away on the second floor- it immediately reminded me of Tokyo. We (2 of us) were immediately ushered to the sleek bar, and we then proceeded to order away - tebasaki (wing), sunagimo (gizzard), shishito pepper with miso, tsukune (both shiso and tare - sauce versions) natto kinchaku (yum - crispy tofu skin on outside, smelly beans on inside), and juicy berkshire pork belly (mustard and lemon as well as ponzu version) - heavenly! All grill items were excellent - perfectly seasoned, cooked, and presented. Additionally, we sampled their jidori karaage (on the bone) and silken tofu salad topped with thinly sliced/julienned greens, redolent with nutty sesame flavor. We finished off our meal with yaki onigiri (perfectly seasoned with shiso/ume on inside and crispy skin on the outside, and shake (salmon) chazuke (fairly standard version). Those items and 2 rounds of 2 draft beer totaled approx. 87 bucks. I did note some past comments about smokiness in the room but from my location at the bar, I was not bothered by smoke. I had all but given up on yakitori fare in NYC (see, e.g., E.Vill.) but I'll definitely be back for more.

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