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Toriko NY
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My mouth will never be the same after my amazing experience at Toriko NY in the West Village. The food that the chefs there provided me and my friend during our Omakase tasting was absolutely amazing, with one piece of meat that I’m still dreaming about to this day.

Toriko NY is conveniently located at 76 Carmine Street, steps away from the 1 train. You are treated to such a special and intimate experience while there that bares no comparison to any other type of restaurant in The Big Apple.

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The host/hostess seats you inside a gorgeous setting where you can check out the chefs hard at work at the meal they are preparing for you. There is also a rich ambiance to Toriko NY that is inviting and warm the instant you walk inside.

Toriko NY specializes in a Yakitori concept that you can’t find anywhere else in the city.  Yakitori (grilled chicken skewers) are historically a popular snack at Japanese izakayas (casual drinking establishments), often paired with ice-cold beer. Yum and yum.

The Omakase (meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef) tasting included a variety of skewers for us to indulge in that continued to get tastier with each bite.

Ones that I want to have all over again were their Tsukune (chicken meatball), tomato and regular chicken skewer options as each had an insane amount of flavor packed inside of them.

There was one, however, that deserves an Academy Award for its excellence. A gold medal, the honor of being the next American Idol of meat if I’m being honest.

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The Waygu beef skewer was hands down the best piece of meat I’ve ever had. Waygu is one of the most expensive meats in the world, so naturally the taste of it should equal its price point. The buttery flavor mixed with how well the chef cooked the meat was absolutely incredible and something I would like to taste over and over again.

Toriko NY isn’t just about their skewers. The menu also features Oyakodon (Chicken & Egg Rice Bowl)and a house specialty Toriko Wonton Shio Ramen, made with chicken bone broth, housemade wheat noodles, chicken wontons, boiled egg and microgreens that can’t be missed!

Overall Toriko NY did an amazing job for me and my friend. It’s definitely a place I would consider you trying ASAP if you want to experience a meal you soon won’t forget.

More information on Toriko NY can be found here.