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Robotaya – New York, NY

Robotaya � New York, NY


Japanese Restaurant & Grill
(1) 212 979 9674
231 East 9th St.
(Btw 2nd – 3rd Av)
New York, NY 10003



12:00m – 2:25pm    Wednesday – Friday
12:00m – 2:50pm    Friday &   Saturday
6:00pm – 10:45pm        Sunday – Thursday
6:00pm – 11:45pm       Friday & Saturday

In the growing section of Little Tokyo, Manhattan’s ninth street between 2nd & 3rd avenues, we find the NY sister to the original Robataya  in Roppongi, Tokyo.  Robatayas are descended from traditional beach restaurants where fishermen grilled their catch over an open fire and served directly to their customers via their oars.  (“ro” means hearth, or fireplace).  It’s origin leads back to the city of Sendai in the northeast of Japan, and today Robata chefs still use a wooden paddle to pass food to customers.

As you enter New York’s Robotaya, you are presented with an enormous counter, spread with the abundance of land and sea.  Ingredients are beautifully displayed, cleaned and mouth wateringly ready.  You simply point at whichever you wish and the chef descends at lighting speed from his elevated platform, set high as to give them more flexibility to access the spread before them.   As you are being served, your meal is announced loudly in  best Japanese tradition, echoed by the rest of the staff as the chef  passes you your lovely dish directly by on the long paddle.

All of the food is exquisite in its quality and taste, and as you have so much to choose from, there is something for everyone.  A stand-out is the potent matcha soup  with floating chestnuts and mochi,


Robotaya � New York, NY
Uni Kobu Yaki grilled sea urchin with salted kombu
Robotaya � New York, NYNasu Grilled Eggplant
Robotaya � New York, NY  ---Kawari Yakko Chilled Tofu with shoga ginger andpickles in clear soup
Robotaya � New York, NYCustard

Robotaya � New York, NY

Robotaya � New York, NY
Grilled Enoki

Robotaya � New York, NY


Hummus Place – New york

The Hummus Place - NY

Hummus Place

(1) 212 –  529 9198
109 Saint Mark’s Pl
New York, NY 10009
(bet 1st & A )

(1) 212 – 924 2022
71 7th Ave. South
New York, NY 10014
(at Bleeker St.)

(1) 212 – 924.2022
99 Macdougal St.
New York, NY 10012
(Bet. Bleecker St. & W 3rd St.)

(1) 212 – 222.1554
2608 Broadway
New York, NY 10009
(Bet 98th and 99th St.)

(1) 212 – 799 3335
305 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10023
(Bet. West 74th and 75th St.)


11:0o am – 12:00am   Sunday  – Friday
10:30am – 2:00am   Saturday

How much more authentic can you get, the menu and staff arrive straight from Israel.  This series of small spots in NYC are delicious and inexpensive. With its four kinds of creamy and smooth hummus, including mushrooms, tahini, chickpeas and fava beans the namesake dish is strongly represented. There is also a wonderful version of Shakshuka, a delicious pan casserole of egg, peppers, onion, eggplant and tomatoes served with or without Halumi cheese.  Highly recommended!

There are also a series of wonderful sides including Falafel, Roasted Eggplant Topped with Tahini & lemon dressing,  Stuffed Grape Leaves and Labane.  If your in the neighborhood and looking for a quick, tasty treat, you can’t go wrong with the Hummus place.


falafel side(above photo Falafel © Robynn Lee)
Hummus Fava(above photo Hummus © Robynn Lee)
The Hummus Place - NY
Health Salad
Shakshuka with halumi at Hummus Place, East 8th Street(above photo Shakshuka with halumi © Dave Cook)
The Hummus Place - NY
Mint Tea

The Hummus Place - NY

The Hummus Place - NY