Kyo Ya

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68 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
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  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
~On September 11 we will be starting our new sushi kaiseki! There are limited seats and only 2 time slots. It will only be available at the chef’s counter. Reservations can ONLY be made via phone. Asking in the guest request section for the kaiseki menu will NOT be considered as a reservation. Cancellation fees will apply. Call us regarding any questions~

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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Thank you and we look forward to having you!
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M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

KB
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

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.

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

a
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Japanese restaurant in NYC
Always delicious

e
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime, wondrous, ambrosia!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

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

TB
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

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.

v
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful neighbourhood venue with good food and excellent service.

TW
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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.

CI
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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.

JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

EB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

E
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

PT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Still great, even without Chef Sono. Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

FM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

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.

T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

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

m
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Kyo Ya fully deserves its accolades for its food.

Our only complaint was that the time between courses was draining.

A customer should allow 3 hours for dinner, considering the wait between the 8 courses.

Hungry individuals might also consider indulging in a modest repast before dinner at Kyo Ya, in order to avoid attacking each course as it finally arrives.

NY
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Very mediocre food for the price. Nyc has so many great Japanese restaurants and this is sadly not one of them.

KH
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wholeheartedly recommend Kyo Ya for special occasions as the experience stays with you forever. I admire Sono-san. I have dined here with my wife almost 7 years ago and recently went here. Everything was prepared to its perfection and taste was exquisite.

P
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Kaiseki Food I've ever had in NYC!
All 9 courses are very refined and elegant. The food quality is very fresh and the taste is amazing. The service is also very good. We ordered the jasmine tea, extremely recommanded!

GF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Always.

JT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Beautifully prepared omakase prix fixe $150/person with superb unrushed service - one big problem - the food for the most part was uninspiring and insipid at times. When I tell you the best part was the dessert - you’re in trouble. The cooking has really fallen off a cliff since the NYTimes 2012 3 star review. You can spend far less and eat far better at numerous other Japanese places on NYC.

RL
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Sono is amazing. People there are so friendly and polite. The food is beyond amazing. Real authentic Japanese food.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful, exceptionally creative, delicious parade. Equally wonderful service.

ER
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality of food, presentation, ambiance, and service. Very true to meals I've had in Japan. Staff was conscientious. Happy with sake recommended.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasty food

r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding. Service was attentive and timely. Everything we had was perfect although I didn't like the rice dish, but that is a matter of personal taste. The dessert was surprisingly (for a Japanese restaurant) wonderful. It was our second time at Kyo Ya. The first two years ago. One of the servers approached us and told us that she remembered us and even knew exactly where we sat. A nice and fine gesture, indicative of excellent service.

OT
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night! Excellent Kaiseki! Waiter explained every course. They even gave me a gift since I mentioned we were there to celebrate our first anniversary with my girlfriend. Very sweet.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic evening of incredible food and service.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

新婚旅行で利用しました。アメリカ産の食材を利用した和食はとても美味しかったです。スタッフの方のサービスもよく、とても良い時間が過ごせました。

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food has gone way downhill. Really not the special experience it once was. Price insanely high for what you get. Our bill with a mid level bottle of wine, tax, and tip was $500 for 2

TL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Kaiseki experience. Perfect for a special occasion like a fancy date night. Very quiet and impeccable service. If you are an adventurous foodie who would like to experience food you have likely never had before unless you lived in Japan this is the place to go. Not every bite is going to delight (for instance I am not a uni fan) but some will blow your mind

ML
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Chef Menu is superb! Sono San just keeps feeding us!

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