94 E. 7th St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. First Ave.
By HKEV on 11/10/2012
The highlight of Kyo Ya is the incredible food, which comes in a variety of small dishes. The presentation is exquisite, right down to the dishes the food is served on. The sakes were fantastic, as were the different ceramic serving sets in which they were served. The staff was extremely friendly, making the atmosphere very relaxed and comfortable. The decor is beautiful, though the lights are a bit bright.
By Swansn1 on 5/31/2012
Much overrated bland white dishes. Service was exceptional but the food was not worth the price. We ordered the Kaiseki meal. Don't know what all the positive reviews are about. For the $120 pricetag, it was not worth it, and I wouldn't recommend going there. The ambiance was beautiful. The food was attractively served, but not exciting or interesting: little corn fritter, bit of salad with shaved asparagus, white fish in a white sauce; cauliflower with a bit of white vegetable on top, white rice poached with green peas and shrimp, egg custard in a clear soup with a bit of white tofu, a grilled shrimp, strawberry ice cream? Sorry, this is inadequate fare for that price tag. I likened it to a meal for a very rich person who needed to eat soft bland food. The only exceptional part of the meal was the sashimi portion which, though small in size, had some color and packed a wallop for exceptional quality. Try Marumi or Japonica in the West Village for real value. . . .less on appearance and more on taste.
By rusty_spoon on 8/20/2011
I love Japanese food, and I've been to my share of Japanese restaurants in the city. This one is my favorite. The poached egg with seafood was perfection, and the sweet potato tempura was awesome. We ended up ordering way too much food, but I'm glad we got to try many different things. Next time I will make reservations a day in advanced so that I can try the set dinner.
By scottpsolomon on 7/26/2010
I like this place because the wait staff is super nice, and it's very unpretentious. Also the food isn't bad. The Zagat 29/30 food rating for it, though, is grade inflation.
By bankbymarguerite on 1/23/2010
Everything at Kyo Ya was wonderful. It is absolutely an LES gem. The decor is beautiful, with perfect attention to detail. The service is incredible (they allowed us to stay until they closed the restaurant without once making us feel rushed). The food was equally great; Fresh, served promptly and thoughtfully prepared. My boyfriend and I chose Kyo Ya from the Michelin guide without a real sense of what to expect. It is now my favorite Japanese restaurant in the city. I would go back any evening.
By foodieQ on 6/25/2009
If you are willing to wait for the slow service, Kyo-ya offers one of the best Kaiseki style Japanese food known for it's delicate seasonal flavors and creative arrangements. Every dish is carefully crafted by enhancing or extracting flavors of seasonal ingredients. The sea urchin on tofu skin served in a clear broth was a perfect starter. The sweet potato tempura which was served whole! was delicious particularly with the mineral salt. We finished the meal with rice cooked in clay pot with seasonal ingredients; snapper and spring vegetables. The rice was infused with delicate flavors and cooked "Al dente".
By washingtonpl on 2/22/2009
I haven't been to a more authentic Japanese restaurant in the city yet. This place is just unbelievable in terms of food. The service is very slow, which could be improved, but its definitely worth the wait.