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Posted by Nq on 12/02/2011
Found a good takoyaki & okunomiyaki place.
Posted by Brian on 03/08/2010
There has been a line of people waiting to get into Taisho just about every night since I first checked it out in 1993. The reason is: good food, good music, good value for money and a space that's pretty tiny. They expanded into a larger space two doors down but I like the original room better. I like the grilled squid (Ika Yaki), the spicy grilled noodles (Kimchee Yakiudon), the yakitori dinner set with chicken meatballs, beef, and smelt, the asparagus with spicy dipping sauce (Aspara Mentai), and the Agedashi Tofu. You can't go wrong with anything deep fried like the Mentai Potato. They use a big cast iron pot for a deep fryer.
Posted by Jessica on 12/15/2009
My sister first introduced me to Taisho a year ago and I have been back at least twice a month since. Taisho is undoubtedly the best, most authentic yakitori I have had in the city. The food is ridiculously cheap, super fresh, and incredibly flavorful. The atmosphere is also very cool- the staff are harijuku-esq Japanese "street kids" and the restaurant is always full and bustling (not a quiet place by any means). I recommend the chicken meat ball skewers, the home-made shumai, the pork and avocado (my favorite!) and the Harusame Itame. Everything I have eaten at Taisho is absolutely amazing. If you want super authentic, fresh, and affordable Japanese food then definitly go to Taisho!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/20/2009
The food here is amazing. The yakitori is delicious, the kimchi noodles are perfect, and the fries are yummy! It is extremely crowded in here. With limited seating, you've got to be patient and wait for 10-15 minutes if it's super busy. The only downside to this place is the atmosphere. It gets extremely hot in the summer!
Posted by Me. Duh. on 06/04/2009
One of my favorite places in NYC. You don't go for the service and the atmosphere is cramped.... but my husband lived in Japan for years and swears this is the closest to Japanese food he's had in the city. Also, I'm not particularly fond of Japanese food (Pizza and Cheeseburger kinda gal) but I am obsessed with this place. That's it. Have fun. Enjoy. I'm gonna go eat there now.
Posted by mdmn on 05/28/2009
The only real complaint that I have about this place is the service is bad.. and when I mean bad, it is bad.. great place, ok food but just fix up your service..
Posted by Tony on 01/02/2009
If you know yakitori in nyc you know the places in Midtown. While you can't compare the quality of the ingredients at this place i will tell you this: You get inexpensive tasty fare on a menu that includes my favorites from varous restaurants in the city. The atmosphere is fun, upbeat, and predominately japanese staff and patrons. Some of the meats were slightly overcooked, but the array of appetizers are satisfying. Rock shrimp is a must try. Gyoza looks/tastes premade, that was slightly disappointing. But overall a great place to get a japanese spread at a decent price to chill with some friends.