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Yakitori Totto report (longish)

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Yakitori Totto report (longish)

c212 | Mar 17, 2005 10:23 AM

I was at Yakitori Totto last evening for an early dinner, and was very happy afterwards. It's right above Sugiyama on 55th st. btwn. Broadway and 8th. Up a flight of stairs, you enter a sleek space with a bar in front of the yakitori grill, and there are a few tables by the window. The place was empty aroung 5:30pm and 2 of us sat at the bar.

I ordered a sochu/grapefruit cocktail to start, and was brought a glass of sochu on ice with a half of grapefruit and a citrus juicer. The combined drink itself was just ok, but fresh grapefruit juice is always nice. We also shared a $20 carafe of a nice citrus-y sake (2+ large glasses).

Multiple parts of the chicken are on the yakitori menu: I sampled thighs w/ scallions (tender and charred), skin (crispy and deliciously fatty), tail (bigger chunks than the skin, also fatty and really good), shishito pepper stuffed w/ ground white meat (3 to a skewer, in increasing size, visually appealing and very tasty), and sliced white meat wrapped w/ shiso and plum sauce (disappointing, the plum sauce was bitter and overpowering). The shiitake, shishito, and tofu w/ miso paste skewers were among the veggie skewers on the menu, and were all very good as well, but the chicken is the star of the show here. It's salty, which I like, as salt and chicken fat/skin are two of my favorite things, but some might find the saltiness a bit much.

Also sampled the baby octopus sashimi (brought in a bowl, mixed w/ soy and yuzu) and oshinko (beautifully presented). I didn't have the courage to try the chicken sashimi, which was advertised as a special. I would have needed a lot more sake in my system before going there. Hearts, gizzards, livers, and necks were also on the menu.

A light dinner (which turned out to be not so light cause we kept on ordering) turned out to be $80 for 2 including tax and tip.

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