Restaurants, Japanese Flatiron
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This 62-seat location of the Tokyo chain offers signature dishes like the deep-fried pork loin and grilled mackerel, as well as soba noodles, sashimi and homemade tofu.


Venue name: Ootoya
Address: 8 W 18th St
New York
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:30am–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–10:30pm
Transport: Subway: F, M to 14th St
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Ootoya is our local go-to spot for both welcoming and biding farewell to coworkers. I've had the pleasure of visiting on a few occasions, and while the food is always DELICIOUS my most recent experience really blew the others out of the water. I'm talking about the Oyako Ju, described as "Grilled free range chicken and onion simmered in Dashi broth and later wrapped with layer of custard like egg." I don't think I will ever order anything else. You can taste the char from the grill on the chicken, onions were perfectly caramelized, and the egg custard it was bathed in was TO-DIE-FOR. I am in an incredible food coma because the lunch comes with soup, pickled vegetables, and a separate egg custard....but it was TOTALLY worth it. Service was prompt, and although dishes are presented as soon as they are ready (your whole group may not receive their food at the same time) it's perfect for our casual lunch crew.


One of my favorite Japanese food joints in NYC. All of the lunch sets have a ton of food, my favorites are all the ___ over rice, especially the chirashi. If you're feeling for something more cooked, the unagi over rice is really great. It's a bit pricey but well worth it for the amount of food you get. 

linda c

It's long wait here but it's worth the wait. I love their Buta Pork Belly. 

Jaime B

I love Ootoya. I stumbled across it a year ago, and I’ve been back several times since then. A meal will cost about $40/person with an appetizer, but what you get is worth it. I last ordered homemade tofu with various salts on the side, and for a meal, the Oyako roll, which is huge! Good luck trying to eat those pieces in one bite. For 2 dollars more than the regular meal price, you can do the set, which comes with miso, pickled veggies and steamed egg custard. I never thought I would be one to enjoy steamed egg custard, but it's really delicious here.