Yakitori Taisho

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East Village
Descend to a dark, smoky den for bite-sized morsels of meat or vegetables grilled and skewered yakitori-style. Order by the skewer (four tiny chicken livers to a skewer, or three fat shiitake mushrooms), by the combination platter, or both—the food is so cheap that there’s no need to be cautious, even on a student’s budget. Bento boxes come with skewers (delicious vegetarian options are also available), the usual small salad and, bizarrely, a side of spaghetti. The portions are plentiful; the gyoza are bulging and even the sodas are giant-sized. The tightly packed tables are usually full, so be prepared to join the other wait-listers outside until your name is called.
Venue name: Yakitori Taisho
Address: 5 St. Marks Pl
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 6pm–1:30am; Thu–Sat 6pm–3:30am
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to 8th St–NYU; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average small plate: $5. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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