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Posted by anonymous on 06/20/2012
My second visit several years after my first was even more impressive. Such care and imagination for splendid Kansai ryori makes Kyoya a rare jewel in Manhattan. Not convenient to where I live, but worth the effort to make the pilgrimage
Posted by gramercy park foodie on 05/28/2010
Last night was my third dinner at Kyo Ya and it just keeps getting better and better. From Chef' Sono's impeccable fish to the charming staff, everything was perfect. A meal here rivals any I've had in Japan. Thank you Harris!
Posted by anonymous on 01/29/2010
I've never had a more pleasant experience dining out. This food is Japanese, not just sushi rolls catered to Americans. The staff is attentive and friendly. The chef creates very tasty and impressive presentations of the tastiest cleanest food. -really the best Japanese spot in nyc.. Highly recommended!! It's where all my Japanese friends go - go figure.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/29/2009
Just had a sublime meal. I never write reviews, but being new to NYC after living in Cali for years, I've been looking for a real Japanese experience similar to the restaurant "Kappo Sui" in Costa Mesa. This was it. Focused, creative, thoughtful cuisine. Small, beautiful plates. Sea Urchin special was brilliant served atop a fallen fall leaf. The Seafood Shutoan was flawless: smokey, sweet, salty, clean. Brilliant. The pressed sushi "roll" was the best roll I've ever had. The salmon was clean and the presentation stunning. They don't provide any soy or wasabi for this roll, as it (including the rice) is expertly seasoned. Decor strong, service very VERY attentive. Yes, it's not cheap, but at this level of Japanese dining... it's usually not.
Posted by anonymous on 02/21/2009
I love this restaurant very much and I think this is the very best Japanese restaurant in NYC. Did not want to review since this has been my special secret. I am upset to see other people writing wrong things about this special place. I am Japanese and living in NYC for the last 5 years. When I miss proper Japanese food I always go to this restaurant. They import lots of nice ingredients from Japan and the quality is absolutely the best. Price can be a bit high, but you get what you pay for.
Posted by anonymous on 10/28/2008
From the time we ordered it took a full sixty minutes for our food to make it to our table, and when at long last it did, they brought the entrees before the appetizers. We were weak with hunger, but had to wait yet another ten minutes or so before our first course finally came. They had no explanations for what the problem was, but they were all smiles all the time. The food is good, but we eat Japanese out often, and this place does not measure up to what we'd call the best food, service, and management. We found it to be seriously overrated and poorly run. At these prices you can do much much better, so our advice is to keep looking and spare yourself the disappointment.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2008
I'm so hesitant to write a review, because this is my special secret (well, not anymore) restaurant. This place is wonderful. The food is fresh, well presented. The service is attentive and genuine. The prices are a bit high, but it's to be expected.