I’ve heard great things about Tori Shin, the only yakitori joint with one Michelin star, for a while now but I finally had the chance to go a couple of weeks ago. Quite honestly, I didn’t want to make the trek all the way to 64th street and 1st ave in the cold but this blog post really motivated me to do so. Let me tell you, it is worth the trek and more.
We went with another couple and we all ordered the Chef’s Omakase ($55) – it was our first time here and it was Sunday night, so we did not want to have to think about what to order after a long week.
Started things off with a simmered daikon dish, very flavorful – a good sign of things to come…
Skewers… chicken breast with plum and shiso, quail eggs and tomatoes. The chicken breast was so moist and delicious, I don’t often find myself ordering chicken breast but I would gladly order this again! Quail eggs and tomatoes – what’s not to like?
More skewers! Pork belly with garlic miso and chicken meatballs. Pork belly is always delicious, but that garlic miso is so addictive. The chicken meatball was really tasty and texturally pleasing with some crunch, but I couldn’t help but be jealous of those I saw with the special chicken meatball that came with the egg yolk sauce, I will definitely be ordering this next time I come.
Japanese mountain yam (yamaimo) with vegetables… The texture of this yam is not really my cup of tea, but the taste was okay.
And the skewers keep coming! Chicken oysters, zucchini with spicy cod roe sauce and chicken wing. The chicken oysters were RIDICULOUS. Really tasty, really moist and tender, with just a small sliver of crispy chicken skin attached. The zucchini was okay (not generally a fan of zucchini) but the spicy cod roe sauce was good. The chicken wing was cooked extra crispy, LOVE IT.
After all your skewers are served, the waitress comes back to ask what rice dish you want. You can pick any rice dish on the mean, the special oyako don (pictured above) costs you an extra $5 and it is well worth it. Perfectly seasoned chicken bits with onion and cooked egg over rice, topped with a delicious egg yolk – mix everything up with your chopsticks and you have comfort food at its best.
To finish off, we got house made green tea ice cream, it was good, had strong green tea flavors. Honestly, though, at this point of the meal, we were too full to care about ice cream.
Overall, great food, inviting atmosphere, friendly and helpful service. I will definitely be coming back here again and again.
Tori Shin – 1193 1st Ave (between 64th and 65th streets)