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Yakitori Totto

251 W. 55th St., 2nd fl., New York, NY 10019 40.764941 -73.982601
nr. Broadway  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-245-4555 Send to Phone

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

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Mon-Thu, 11:30am-2pm and 5:30pm-midnight; Fri-Sat, 5:30pm-1am; Sun, 5:30pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

N, Q, R at 57th St.-Seventh Ave.; 1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.



Payment Methods

American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Dine at the Bar
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space


  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar




Although yakitori means "grilled chicken" (usually on a stick), the time-honored working-class Japanese food that is the featured dish at this second-floor Midtown restaurant is taken beyond its usual place as street fare with the restaurant's use of premium chicken. Seated at the bar or at a row of small tables in one of two dining rooms, the predominantly Japanese crowd favors its grilling done in the traditional manner (i.e., not cooked all the way through). If rare poultry makes you nervous and you don't want to look like a timid American by ordering it well done, the menu extends beyond chicken kebabs, with noodles and soups, tofu skewers in a dark miso sauce, and a smattering of seafood. Most dishes seem designed for accompanying drinks, especially sojou and sake, which, for their part, can make negotiating the steep one-flight staircase down to the street something of an adventure as well.

Recommended Dishes

Chicken thigh and scallion skewer, $3.50; prawn skewer, $7; Kyona & Jyako salad, $10

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