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Posted by Kevin A. on 07/11/2012
The food here is top notch, it is not in your face Americanized Japanese food with the Dynamite Rolls and Philadelphia Rolls with creme cheese. Instead you get to enjoy the delicate flavors that are clean and authentic. Few Japanese places will give you real and fresh wasabi. I had the Uni (sea urchin) and Salmon roe and crab dish and that was superb! That along with the freshly made soba, either cold or hot, I have tried both, it was perfect. In terms of taste and freshness I rate this right up there with Nobu. It's not a cheap lunch but it is good value considering what you are getting. This is at the top of my list for best Japanese restaurants for what they serve.
Posted by nycsalesperson on 07/27/2010
Good food and ambiance, which are requirements for me to dine at any restaurant the city.
Posted by Aldin on 01/23/2010
Totto is an elegant state-of-the-art sardine can full of well dressed and mostly very loud twenty-somethings. My wife and I ordered Soba soup. Mine was to correspond to a photograph of many large and lean pieces of "duck from France" floating in a big bowl presumably reasonably full of Japanese noodles. Price $20. It was definitely tasty but contained five VERY thin small slices of duck 30% of which was fat, very, very few Japanese noodles and mostly brown bouillon. A request for a side-dish of noodles was cursorily denied. My wife did not fare any better. Her shrimp tempura with egg, quite at variance with the photo of the dish, contained 2 shrimps, very little egg, and pitifully few noodles, the whole thing, of course, in a large bowl. Price $19. This, with one bottle of beer with tax and minus tip came to $51.17. We left hungry.
Posted by Bass-San on 08/19/2009
Great Atmosphere and the service was excellent, however most of the food didn't have much flavor. The chicken skewer was very bland, and I've had better soba at a take out place near 41st and Madison. Great for the experience.
Posted by liquid luncher on 07/14/2009
I don't know where to begin, but you must come here if you've never tried a good yakitori place in the city. The soju/sake drinks here are incredible, thanks to an amazing bartender who finely crafts all his drinks with fresh fruit he carefully picks every morning. The dishes themselves are incredibly rich in flavor and always of the finest quality and ingredients. Presentation is fabulous, which combines nicely with good music, a great atmosphere, and superb service. I definitely recommend this place as a hidden gem to midtown and a great, unique experience for anyone visiting NYC!
Posted by lovechkn on 04/06/2009
My husband and I were so excited that there was a soba/yakitori place that is on the ground floor as we have a baby in a stroller. They placed us in a private room which was great except you hear everything in the other private rooms. The food is wonderful, we were too late for the ckn tails but the soba was amazing. You must try the steamed rice dumpling with ckn in side and the light fried tofu with fish paste.
Posted by Ken on 03/31/2009
Soba Totto is the real deal, with food and service just like you get in Japan. The kids that work there are very into doing a great job, and are the icing on the cake for a great dinning experience. I had to put in a good word for a great crew, since I find anonymous description of a waiter following them out into the street over a 10% tip to be flat-out, just-plain unbelievable.