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Village Yokocho
Restaurant or Cafe$$
Today 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pm
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8 Stuyvesant St New York, NY 10003
8 Stuyvesant StUSNYNew York10003
(212) 598-3041
$$Restaurant or Cafe, Asian Restaurant
Restaurant or Cafe
Asian Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Yakitori Restaurant
Today 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pm
Monday 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pmTuesday 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pmWednesday 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pmThursday 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pmFriday 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pmSaturday 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pmSunday 12:00 – 3:00 am, 5:00 – 11:59 pm
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Chill second-floor eatery serving homestyle Japanese fare in an evocative space.- Google
People talk about the chicken meatball, squid legs, yakitori, kimchi fried rice and bacon wrapped scallops
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Jaclyn Gitlin
reviewed 2 weeks ago
Loved this place! If you don't know where it is, you could easily miss it. Went here with several coworkers after happy hour on a Friday night. We were told it would be a 45 min wait but as we were getting ready to go to a bar a bunch of people left and we were able to get seated almost immediately. The menu variety is expansive so really you could get something for everyone's preferences. That being said, GET THE SPICY TUNA BOWL. It's a very innocuous menu item, but I will tell you it's a good good thing. My table ordered between 3-4 of them, they were that good! We also got a bunch of skewers, the hamachi kama (so-so) and a bunch of other things including more drinks. It's a fun spot, if you can stop in, I would recommend it. Also, the take cash/cc which is always helpful!
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Ingrid Stenquist
reviewed 11 months ago
I've been here once or twice with my ex and enjoyed the place a lot. One of my friend's has a new found passion for Takoyaki balls and I wanted to get another friend to try them for her first time since we keep taking yelp pictures of them. . . . I feel like you can spend a couple years looking at the menu. They also have stuff not on the menu on the walls that is always worth trying as a heads up! We opted to start off with a few appetizers. Splitting an order of Takoyaki balls. I have to say after trying Otafuku's. I don't think I like these as much. These are smaller and lack in flavor a little bit and are not as creamy of an explosion biting in. They are definitely still delicious though! We also ordered a bunch of different Yakitori, basically different meats on sticks. I got a duck one. Which was delicious and decided later to order more because I realized how small they are. But what was odd about ordering them, they didn't arrive until I was nearly done with my meal. I'm pretty sure they ended up forgetting about the second order of yakitori and we had to remind the waiter. Thud. But I also ended up trying the chicken skin and chicken meatball. The skin was a little too fatty and I probably wouldn't get it again. But MAN. The chicken meatballs are out of this world!!! So flavorful and moist. Get them! Now! For our entrees one friend ended up getting three rice balls wrapped in seaweed, stuffed with bonito, salmon, and seaweed respectively. She said the salmon was the best one and she seemed to be enjoying them. They also are pretty huge. See attached pictures. Another friend ordered a massive bowl of ramen with pork, chard, seaweed, quail egg etc etc. Village Yokocho doesn't have an online menu. So bear with me. But I tried a tiny piece of her pork and it was very delicious. I ordered the cold noodles with crab meat and beef. The combinations of everything was a little overwhelming and I accidently dumped way too much hot sauce paste into it. Cough. I don't think I'd get it again mostly because the crab didn't taste great mixed in with salty ground beef. Eh. And I didn't finish it and gave the rest to my entrée-less friend. Also, note they don't allow you to take your food to go. You have to finish what you finish in the restaurant. A little annoying. But I get it. This is mostly a Japanese tapas kind of place. We also split a bottle of cold sake which was sweet and light and pretty delicious. Overall I love this place because you never really know what you are getting and throwing yourself into. It's an adventure in ordering. There also is a fancy cocktail bar upstairs called 'Angel Share' definitely worth peaking into.
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Eric Jaw
reviewed 5 months ago
Shochu + calpico + soda is my new favorite drink!!
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Raffi Asdourian
reviewed 7 months ago
Yokocho is one of the most laid back Japanese spots near St. Mark's (the mecca of Japanese cuisine in the city) while also being one of the most delicious. They specialize in a izakaya experience or yakitori, sticks of meat grilled open face and marinated to teriyaki perfection. The best one to get has to be the chicken meatball, although asparagus and bacon is charming too. Everything on the menu is shareable and many dishes are designed more as tapas. Their garden salad is oddly one of my favorites in the city, spicy tuna is a popular choice as is their kimchi fried rice. They arguably make the best grilled rice balls in the city and one of their most unusual item is one of my favorites, consisting of a chicken cutlet, lettuce, tomato, scallions topped with cheese, ketchup and mayo. It sounds a bit gross but it's delicious. For drinks, I recomend the G sake. Bottom line: Even though it's probably the equivalent to Japanese comfort food, Village Yokocho is one of the coolest and most laid back spots to bring your friends to.
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Adam Cunniff
reviewed 8 months ago
The menu is interesting for the area and touches on various Asian foods, seemingly with a focus on Japanese and Korean fare. You can certainly find better food in the applicable ethnic sections of the city but for East Village, it's not too bad. I prefer the noodle dishes and the wasabi pork dumplings pack a nice punch. Not a fan of the drinks but just walk outside and you can stumble into one of the many surrounding watering holes.
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Kevin Tung
reviewed a year ago
Excellent food and late night eats. Environment is like eating on a small street in Japan. The raw oysters are the best, as is the grills yellowtail collar. There is a bar in the restaurant called Angels Share which is always packed, but bartenders make excellent cocktails. Only thing is you can't take the drinks out of Angels Share to your dining table. They also do Korean bbq in the back of the restaurant.