Ootoya (大戸屋) New York Reviews
Delicious Japanese home cooking Aug 04, 2013
Ootoya (大戸屋) is a Japanese restaurant that serves teishoku, traditional home cooking in set-meal style.
The restaurant is beautifully decorated in a simple modern yet traditional Japanese interior.
The staff are friendly and helpful. The atmosphere quiet yet encourages conversation. It reminds of family owned ryokans, small traditional Japanese inns.
The food is delicious and beautifully presented in traditional lacquer ware and ceramics in variety of hues, enhancing the food.
My sister ordered 'tsunami tororo soba', mini homemade soba noodle with original Japanese yam ($8) for appetizer. Served cold, the soba noodle was perfectly cooked and the grated yam silky, dipped with light soy sauce.
For mains, we went for a set meal. My sister ordered 'buta shiokoji', grilled pork belly marinated with shio koji (salt-marinated rice koji) ($23) with includes miso soup (with pork & vegs), homemade pickles and steamed egg custard, and rice.
I ordered 'kaisen don' set meal ($31), an assortment blue fin tuna, amberjack, salmon, sea eel, salmon roe, and vegetables, over sushi rice, including the miso soup (with pork & vegs), homemade pickles and steamed egg custard.
For drinks, I had a glass of Asahi draft ($7) while my sister tried Kirin's nonalcoholic beer ($6).
Reservations are available only for 6:00pm seating. Expect a 30-45min wait between 6:30pm and 8:00pm.
ey recently opened a 2nd location in midtown by Times Square.
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