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.
Cabbage wrapped turkey and duck on daikon radish with white miso/fish broth
Chawanmushi with Burgundy Truffle, gingko nuts and chicken breast
Chicken heart & ribs skewers
Chicken heart skewers
Chicken rib skewers
Pork belly skewers
Chicken tendon skewers
Chicken breast skewers
Chicken meatball skewers
Dessert (Ice cream & crème brûlée in 3 flavors)