[NYC] Tori Shin - One Michelin Star Yakitori Restaurant 

Categories: Japanese, Yakitori, Omakase
Address: 362 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Date Visited: Nov 2017
Price: ~$100-140/per person ($70 for chef's choice omakase set)
Hours: Thurs-Sat 5:30pm-12:30am, Sun-Wed 5:30pm-11:30pm
Reservations Needed?: Yes

Summary: A sophisticated Tokyo-style yakitori restaurant. Owner Chef Shu Ikeda uses Kishu “Binchotan” charcoal to grill all its organically-sourced meats and vegetables to make them crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. The restaurant has earned one Michelin Star for 7 consecutive years (2012-2017)! Definitely recommended!

Tori Shin is perfect for chicken-lovers and for those who want something other than sushi for a special occasion or to splurge a little on a decadent Japanese meal. You have the option to order a la carte, but omakase is generally the way to go. There are a few omakase options, though the whole table has to order the same thing. I recommend the Chef's Omakase Set ($70), which is the best deal for value and allows you to try all their delicious varieties. The Chef's Omakase Set comes with pickled vegetables, daikon radish, two types of seasonal dishes, 6 meat skewers (chef's pick), 2 vegetable skewers, a rice dish (a choice between oyako don, soboro don, or chazuke), and a dessert (ice cream or seasonal dessert). 

Appetizers (NOT Omakase):

  • Sea urchin with gold flakes: This was NOT part of the omakase course. Must be ordered separately. I'm usually a huge sea urchin fan, but I thought this was just okay. The uni came out cold and not too sweet.   

Omakase

  1. Cabbage wrapped turkey and duck on daikon radish with white miso/fish broth
  2. Chawanmushi with Burgundy Truffle, gingko nuts and chicken breast
  3. Chicken heart & ribs skewers
  4. Chicken heart skewers
  5. Chicken rib skewers
  6. Pork belly skewers
  7. Chicken tendon skewers
  8. Chicken breast skewers
  9. Chicken meatball skewers
  10. Oyakodon 
  11. Dessert (Ice cream & crème brûlée in 3 flavors) 
Non-Omakase appetizer: Sea urchin with gold flakes

Non-Omakase appetizer: Sea urchin with gold flakes

(1) Cabbage wrapped turkey and duck on daikon radish with white miso/fish broth

(1) Cabbage wrapped turkey and duck on daikon radish with white miso/fish broth

(2) Chawanmushi with Burgundy Truffle, gingko nuts and chicken breast

(2) Chawanmushi with Burgundy Truffle, gingko nuts and chicken breast

(3) Chicken heart skewers

(3) Chicken heart skewers

Chicken rib skewers

Chicken rib skewers

Pork Belly Skewer - SO SO GOOD. Fatty and delicious. One of my all-time favorites!

Pork Belly Skewer - SO SO GOOD. Fatty and delicious. One of my all-time favorites!

Chicken tendon skewers! One of my favorites!

Chicken tendon skewers! One of my favorites!

Chicken meatball skewers!

Chicken meatball skewers!

Chicken Breast Skewers

Chicken Breast Skewers

Oyakodon (chicken & egg over rice!)

Oyakodon (chicken & egg over rice!)

Torishin Omakase Dessert Menu

Torishin Omakase Dessert Menu

Hojicha (roasted green tea) ice cream

Hojicha (roasted green tea) ice cream

Crème brûlée in 3 flavors: Green Tea - Black Sesame - Roasted Hojicha Tea 

Crème brûlée in 3 flavors: Green Tea - Black Sesame - Roasted Hojicha Tea