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).  Its 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 the best Japanese tradition, echoed by the rest of the staff as the chef passes you your lovely dish directly by on the long paddle.

Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Kawari Yakko Chilled Tofu with shoga ginger and pickles in clear soup
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Uni Kobu Yaki grilled sea urchin with salted kombu

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 Japanese Grill – New York
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Green tea mochi
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Custard
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Nasu Grilled Eggplant
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York
Gomae
Robotaya Japanese Grill – New York

Robotaya – Japanese Restaurant & Grill

(1) 212 979 9674
231 East 9th St. (Btw 2nd – 3rd Av) New York, NY 10003
www.robataya-ny.com

OPEN HOURS:
Lunch:
12:00 – 14:25pm    Wednesday – Friday
12:00 – 14:50pm    Friday &   Saturday
Dinner
18:00pm – 22:45pm        Sunday – Thursday
18:00pm – 23:45pm       Friday & Saturday

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