Yakitori — grilled, skewered meats — is the Japanese casual pub-style izakaya food, but at Toriko NY, a West Village branch of a collection of restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka, it becomes carefully orchestrated multicourse omakase fare.
Toriko NY is a concept by Tokyo Restaurants Factory, who also own Mifune New York and Michelin-starred sushi spot Amane.
The best way to do enjoy this restaurant is by eating Ur way through omakase menu, showcasing organic chicken in more ways than one (from the heart, to gizzards, meatballs and tender loin with wasabi). While chicken takes center stage, the menu also includes other skewers such as deep fried tofu, foie gras and a few vegetables. For $85, the menu includes starters, 10 courses of yakitori, a final bowl of ramen or rice, and dessert.
Top quality ingredients like Bo Bo chickens and Miyazaki Wagyu from Japan are used, and there’s a well-designed wine list, that is mostly French.
The restaurant’s design features a wrap-around wood counter seating 19 surrounding the open kitchen, as well as 20 seats at tables.