A new yakitori place called Yakitori Totto opened up couple of months ago at 251 West 55th St. (b/w 8th and Broadway).
Pretty slick interior, mostly Japanese clientele, relaxing ambiance. Totto specalizes in chicken - various forms of chicken yakitori, chicken sashimi, chicken soup etc.
Tried the chicken skin, chicken liver, chicken ball yakitori. Probably the second best I've had in Manhattan in terms of quality. Perfect temperature, not burnt but nicely charred, not smelly at all (no weird rubbery smell one typically gets from American chicken), with nice, unassuming flavor from their yakitori glaze.
Also had the:
- fried calamari. Small portions, average.
- egg custard. Good. Light, fluffy, subtle flavor of the wakame broth (i think).
- riceball with salmon - quite exceptional. Perfect ending to the meal.
My Dorameon-esque friend (literally looks like Doraemon) who loves Japanese food went to Totto on a separate occassion and raved about the chicken soup.
Anybody have any idea whether chicken sashimi is safe??
Too afraid to try.
Only downside to this place - lack of variety (after a while, you can bored with the chicken) and small portions.