Permanently Closed - Kyo Ya

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This restaurant is permanently closed. ***Due to NYS and NYC declaring a state of emergency because of COVID 19, Kyo Ya will be closing for the next 2 weeks from 3/16. We will reopen on Wednesday, April 1. We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope that you stay safe and healthy during this time

~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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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Hikari
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was outstanding!! Server was friendly and we will definitely come back.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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tamestheyna
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, a special occasion. cant wait to go back

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vipDDDD
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! A true gem.

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Yuri
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The menu is limited
Sashimi is fresh but is overpriced
Udon noodles are not using regular udon

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vipDDDD
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as ever! Still one of the great gems of NYC dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

kaisen don was good. fatty tuna sashimi came with 6 six pieces - a great deal. service was great too!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food is very good. But each

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JimC
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service, lovely, flavorful subtle food in a gorgeous space with telepathic service.

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vipBill
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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

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Tembrel
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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VALDEL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect, delicious, quiet, a wonderful atmosphere and experience

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vipDavidZ
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food. Now one of my fav spots in nyc .
Great service too.

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vipNytitan
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The dish is come so slow

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vipHungryMan
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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vipMilly
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space and ambiance is perfect, and the food is gorgeous and delicious—every morsel!!! Looking forward to our next visit!❤️

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KenichiB
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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.

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MarkC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant it’s a favorite amazing food ,amazing service , beyond incense burning!

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bobula
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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annickd
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Japanese restaurant in NYC
Always delicious

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vipeppy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sublime, wondrous, ambrosia!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Japanese food I've had in the whole city! The service was also really outstanding, too.

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Ricky
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Staff was wonderful, foods are great, but the services speed can improve. Maybe cuz the Chef left?

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vipTamarB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

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.

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valerybg
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful neighbourhood venue with good food and excellent service.

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ThomasW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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.

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ClaudiaI
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food / service / atmosphere - cant wait to come back!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing but pricey food. Definitely top notch quality, but be prepared to spend a few hundred for two entrees and a few apps.

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GaryS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quiet restaurant with great food - need one say more?

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Kt2116
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

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.

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JMDV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The meal was a bit overpriced for what we got. Our server was very friendly.

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Kiki
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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ElizabethB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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.

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Erika
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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.

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PaulT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still great, even without Chef Sono. Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

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FergusM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

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.

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Tembrel
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipjanie80
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A birthday - when we left we were given a sliver of matcha cake in a plastic bag - not very celebratory!

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Permanently Closed - Kyo Ya is rated 4.6 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

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