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Kyo Ya

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94 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10009 40.726839 -73.98549
nr. First Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-982-4140 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$

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Hours

Mon-Sat, 5:30pm-11:30pm; Sun, 5:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

L at First Ave.; F at Second Ave.

Prices

$18-$45

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Beer and Wine Only
  • Sake and Soju

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

The restaurants in what could be called the East Village’s Little Tokyo typically stick to modest grub (ramen, yakitori, and other fun food sold in izakayas). Kyo Ya, however, offers a glimpse of kaiseki, the intricate Japanese meal originally served during a formal Japanese tea ceremony. Even if you don’t spring for the $120-plus tasting menu—which requires at least a day's notice—you can try plenty of the cuisine’s complex and occasionally esoteric dishes here a la carte. Delicate monkfish liver, often described as foie gras of the sea, lies in an umami-rich dashi-based sauce; sweet, faintly peppery grated daikon brightens the liver’s richness. An order of bozushi (a type of pressed sushi) presents rectangles of tangy rice, each topped by a sweet, buttery slice of marinated mackerel. The setting—an elegant union of handsome woods, soft lighting, and minimalist flora—echoes the meticulous arrangement of the food. Still, the neighborhood and the young crowd make Kyo Ya feel more easygoing than formal.

Recommended Dishes

Kaiseki dinner, $95-$150; bozushi, $26; monkfish liver, MP

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