Permanently Closed - Kyo Ya
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~We now have available a sushi omakase in addition to our a la carte menu! It will ONLY be available at the chef’s counter.~
Kyo Ya is a hidden Japanese restaurant tucked in Manhattan's East Village located on the lower level. The serene woodwork of the establishment transports you into a world of nature, accompanying the seasonal dishes that are served at Kyo Ya. The restaurant was founded in 2007 to share this unique culinary experience rooted in traditional Japanese techniques. We hope our patrons leave Kyo Ya with a better understanding of the breadth and depth of Japanese cuisine.
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Snow Crab Chawanmushi
Steamed Egg Custard Cup
Food was great and service was outstanding!! Server was friendly and we will definitely come back.
Everything was quite excellent. Despite 5 stars for food and service I gave it 4 stars overall because I thought the sushi omakase could have been enhanced with a few more prepared items and not be overwhelmingly sushi and sashimi
Excellent food, a special occasion. cant wait to go back
Great as always! A true gem.
It was on Christmas evening, and we went for my son’s birthday dinner. my family were excited to have a good dinner but disappointed for very slow timings of food servings. It took 3 and half hours for 3 appetizers
and 3 main to be served. We got pretty tired by the last plate was served and decided not to have deserts since we were afraid of waiting another 15minutes or more for them although I had requested to celebrate my son’s birthday.
This was my second time here. As far as I recall, the service was not this slow. It seemed that they put most of their attention on counter customers who ordered Sushi kaiseki.
The menu is limited
Sashimi is fresh but is overpriced
Udon noodles are not using regular udon
As good as ever! Still one of the great gems of NYC dining.
kaisen don was good. fatty tuna sashimi came with 6 six pieces - a great deal. service was great too!
The food is very good. But each
Exceptional service, lovely, flavorful subtle food in a gorgeous space with telepathic service.
Dinner was very good though we ordered a clay pot and the waitress got confused and ordered us the duck - I guess the Japanese word is close
Outstanding sushi omakase (a recent change from what had been for years outstanding kaiseki) in a great setting with great service. I took a star off for value because it is punishingly expensive, but if you can get past that, you'll have the time of your life.
It was perfect, delicious, quiet, a wonderful atmosphere and experience
Outstanding food. Now one of my fav spots in nyc .
Great service too.
I enjoyed the meal and thought the food was excellent; however, the restaurant was understaffed and the wait time for drinks, ordering and food arrival diminished the experience.
I enjoyed the uni and fluke sashimi were great as well as the shrimp balls were good. I thought the duck was also good.
The dish is come so slow
We thought this would be a traditional seasonal kaiseki menu. But it was all sushi, and, frankly, enough little raw fish to make dinner for a porpoise. Almost all of it was pristine and delicious. Maybe two or three too many oily varieties (mackerel, skipjack, etc). Attentive service, expensive, and desperately in need of a meat or custard intermezzo. Save room for the spectacular red miso and snapper bone broth toward the ice cream finale. Come hungry.
The space and ambiance is perfect, and the food is gorgeous and delicious—every morsel!!! Looking forward to our next visit!❤️
The food was over-seasoned compared to kaiseki-ryouri you find in Kyoto. We may not have chosen enough variety of dishes but veggies such as gobou, seasoning such as myoga etc. we're missing.
I love this restaurant it’s a favorite amazing food ,amazing service , beyond incense burning!
excellent food, personal and friendly service. small but clean and nice interior. not cramped or noisy. tapas portion appetizers followed by a larger main and rice dish. everything was outstanding.
The best Japanese restaurant in NYC
Sublime, wondrous, ambrosia!
Some of the best Japanese food I've had in the whole city! The service was also really outstanding, too.
Staff was wonderful, foods are great, but the services speed can improve. Maybe cuz the Chef left?
The first time the waiter approached our table, he said “are you ready to order?”
What is that about? No, I’m not. Maybe he could ask if we’ve been there before or if we would like him to walk through the menu. He reluctantly described a few dishes for us in an abridged fashion because we specifically asked. Then he suggested we get the sweet potato tempura and a rice dish that is a BIG portion that’s good for sharing. Why? Because I look like I want the most basic thing on the menu? I asked what was in the crab egg custard. He told me crab and egg. I asked if there was dairy in the custard. He said yes, there’s egg. I told him that eggs are from poultry and they are not dairy. He then told me there was dairy in it. We then ordered 2 appetizers to eat with the sale we already ordered. He was annoyed and told us that we need to order all the food at once so we don’t wait too long. We said that was it. We went to another Japanese restaurant 6 minutes walking distance away and had an incredible dinner with excellent service. We were disappointed that the experience was not what we expected. However the 2nd restaurant far surpasses any expectation we had of the night.
Wonderful neighbourhood venue with good food and excellent service.
We weren't able to have any sashimi nor sushi; instead we were offered the following:
Snowcrab clay pot - Skip this - very light on flavor; a real bummer
Oysters - these was excellent, fatty without a hint of brine
Sea Urchin - fantastic, buttery and sweet
Sampler - this apparently varies by night but and had a sample of 5 pieces
Service was excellent I would like to comeback and try the sushi/sashimi when its available.
Great food / service / atmosphere - cant wait to come back!
Amazing but pricey food. Definitely top notch quality, but be prepared to spend a few hundred for two entrees and a few apps.
A quiet restaurant with great food - need one say more?
Keep in mind that they are no longer serving their omakase kaiseki menu! They did not alert me of this until the day before my reservation, and while we enjoyed the a la carte menu, the lack of sashimi, omakase, and sushi chef really dampened this experience.
The meal was a bit overpriced for what we got. Our server was very friendly.
Unfortunately, Chef Sono is no longer at Kyo Ya, so we were unable to have the omakase set. However, the staff did their best to recommend dishes and they were nonetheless delicious.
superb. excellent fresh ingredients expertly selected for the season and prepared to the highest level. the meal was presented by involved and attentive servers who took obvious pleasure in their work and delighted in explaining each dish, its ingredients and preparation. a very good sake list - we had a different carafe with each course, and each gave great pleasure on and of itself as well as being the perfect accompaniment to the dish at hand. We had a selection of four initial appetizers, two intermediate dishes and two full main dishes - a large serving of grilled, fresh young bamboo shoots (incredibly delicious) and a full pot of wonderful rice steamed with fresh snow crab. Five different sakes by close - and all told, surprising bargain at $216 with tax, before gratuity.
The original chef left the end of March which was not advertised. Without him, there’s no sashimi, sushi and no day’s special. Quality of regular menu food is still good, but the restaurant inevitably lost its spark.
Still great, even without Chef Sono. Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb
This was our most disappointing meal, but a long way, over four days in the City. We ordered a number of dishes to share for the table, they all came at different times with long waits between each dish, the wait wasn't worth it and the staff didn't seem to care at all. We also asked for a recommendation for saké, were given a very expensive bottle which wasn't any good. Would not go back again and would tell friends not to go.
Kyo-ya no longer serves a kaiseki meal, but I'm keeping the five star ratings because everything else has remained excellent. In fact, you can build your own kaiseki-like meal from the menu.
A birthday - when we left we were given a sliver of matcha cake in a plastic bag - not very celebratory!
Permanently Closed - Kyo Ya is rated 4.6 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.
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