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Hell's Kitchen, Midtown Manhattan
Japanese Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisine: Japanese

Price Range : Below Average


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Fancy Dessert Bar

This place is similar to Chikalicious, Dessert Bar. They serve delicate and high quality desserts. Everything here is nicely presented and the texture of their dessert is silky and rich.

The atmosphere is intimate and cute. Bring your date here!



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Worst Service ever!

I went this place for second time today cuz I remember the decoration and food quality were good.
When I went there by 6, there were only 2 other tables filled up. So I was expecting somewhat fast serving today.

I waited five minutes just to get a cup of water and I told waitress to wait 30 sec for me to decide. She never came back for other five minutes so I had to stand up and call them up.

When the waitress came in, I told her that I think I have to wait desserts now just in case no one comes in to take order.

And I was expecting little apology or silence but she told me ""Are you sure you want to do this to me?""

What the hell. I looked her back and she didn't say any word.

How great it is to threaten customer?

I still don't know if she spitted on my food or anything.

And they will never come to you unless you call them up first. Only time they show up is when they take your order or get your check. For the time I stayed there (around 1 hr) I never seen a single person who get their cup of water refilled.

It was definitely far worst service I ever had in NYC restaurant. Withi kind of service, what is the point of giving tip? I was even so sad that I had to pay tax for such a service.

Don't complain to them. How would know if they're going to do with your food?



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Cheap romantic place for first date

Dessert...didnt think they are exceptionally good...but not a bad place to go for first date if you want a romantic place but yet dont want to pay too much for the first date. Prices are not expensive but they do expect you to order a dish each. I wont go back just because of the rude attitude from the waitress since we didnt order a dish each although we all had coffee each and we ordered some dessert (just not 1 for everyone cos we were so full from dinner) to they were not even busy so i really felt the rude attitude was uncalled for.



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Recommended for Dates

I brought a date here after a disasterous dinner at Momofuku, and Kyotofu single-handedly saved the night. The space is intimate and warm, the cocktails were great - strong and not overly sweet, and the desserts just plain rocked. I recommend trying the chocolate cake and the sesame tofu, which is what we shared. I didn't try the dinner items, but a lot of people were eating them and they looked pretty good. I also appreciated the fact that the staff let us linger over our drinks and desserts without rushing us out. I definitely impressed my date - MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!



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Great Experiences!

I've had nothing but great experiences at Kyotofu, and I've been 5 or 6 times in the last few months, since I live in the neighborhood. Their desserts are outstanding - light and not too sweet. My personal favorite is their sesame tofu, but other dining companions have really liked the chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes, and soymilk ice cream. I've also had their cocktails - inventive and not too sweet - and their savories, which I liked. I am especially fond of their sliders. I will say that service can be spotty, depending upon who is working. Buit for the most part, I've had very positive experiences.



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Ridiculously amazing Hell's Kitchen Gem!!

It's been a little while since I've been to Kyotofu, but they really deserve a great review from me, so I want to share what I remember of my experience! I came to Kyotofu on Valentine's Day--I had thought my date and I were just picking up some dessert to go, because until I came in, my impression from walking by on the outside, was that it was mainly a to-go place, but boy, was I wrong!! I was completely unaware of the beautiful mod back room with cream banquets and ceiling and dim night time lighting. It felt like I was transported to an eclectic, beautiful restaurant in Miami! We had the Valentine's Special, which was a prix-fix menu of three desserts and a complimentary cocktail. Like I said, it had been a little while since I went, but I remember there was a first course of a sweet tofu gelatin, another course of chocolate fondue & one more--everything was amazingly delicious! We were never rushed between meals & our server was extremely courteous! I have to admit, when we asked her a question we had a little trouble understanding the answer, but she was very sweet & it doesn't matter 'cause everything is so good anyways! Very romantic atmosphere! Definitely the kind of place to go & try lots of the different small plates. There was a fabulous cappuccino cocktail that is still calling my name! It's so great going there knowing that what you're eating is actually good for you! Kyotofu is a must-go!! Also, the profile photo is from the back room looking towards the front. In the front there is also a small bar with seating there & on the perimeter. Even better, the kitchen is directly across from the bar, so if you're in the front, you can watch the fascinating process of your own wonderful meal being prepared!



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Delicious, Delicate, and easier to get into than Chikalious!

Met my friend there for afternoon dessert, overall a wonderful experience. The place, the menu and ambience is identical to Chikalious, but so much easier to get into. They even had a small lunch menu, which was small-portioned but nonetheless delicious. Friendly staff, clean and simple. There was a wait for my soymilk quiche, but well worth the wait. I also recommend the cheesecake. Not a place to eat a full meal, but great for an impromptu date spot. Will definitely come again.



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Save your money and your dignity

I came here with some friends from out of town and was embarrassed to have done so. Two of the people in our large party didn't order their own desserts (they shared others') and when it came time to pay the bill, we were informed that those people would each have to pay a share charge. Not only was this not mentioned on the menu or when we ordered, but when the bill actually came, they charged EACH of us - even those that did order dishes - a share charge! The dessert wasn't that great anyway, but it's the service that will keep us from ever coming back.



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A Tastey Escape

Kyotofu just might be one of my new favorite restaurants in the city. I visited this outstanding eatery with a friend, and both of us agreed that the unique food and cool ambiance, made for a out-of-the ordinary night on the town. The deliciously cool cocktails were just what we needed to beat the heat. The innovative use of soy provided the great taste of Japanese cuisine with a new twist. Lastly, make sure not to skip dessert. The decadent tastes were just what I wanted to finish off an amazing night. I am so excited about this new discovery, and I recommend everyone stop by and find out for themselves why Kyotofu really is such a delicious surprise.



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Pleasant but not more

This is the second dessert restaurant that I've been to and I've yet to be wowed. I suppose I have higher expectations than I do when I go to a regular restaurant, and I can think of more memorable desserts at some of them.
I went with a friend. We shared the tasting menu then ordered another dish (the ""parfait"" which was really an ice cream). Apart from the somewhat strange tasting tofu cheese cake it was all quite nice, and in the case of the molten chocolate cake, really quite good (remarkably fragrant). But nothing that stood out as particularly distinctive. Somewhat annoying was the fact that the sauces listed on the menu were only streaks on the plate that we were lucky to get a wiff of.
The space is great, white and enveloping.



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Best place to host a party.

Yummy! Roughly 25 of my friends joined me at Kyotofu in celebration of my 35th birthday celebration in late April of 2007. I reserved the main dining room, which was stunningly designed, for several hours with appetizers, desserts, and drinks served throughout the night by a staff of friendly waitresses. The owners, who are super friendly, were on hand overseeing every detail of the entire event. Every appetizer, dessert, and drink they served was yummy! I highly recommend Kyotofu as a place for pre-dinner drinks and appetizer or post-dinner drinks and dessert. However, depending on how hearty of an eater you are, the appetizers can be heavy enough to constitute a meal as well. I also discovered this weekend that Kyotofu is open for baked goods and light lunch. I'll definitely go back on a regular basis! Several of my friends liked it so much that they went back to Kyotofu the day after my event.



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Great place for dessert, drinks and friends

What a nice little place. A friend and I went there on friday night for the 4th time and it gets better with every visit. The service is great, really sweet waitstaff to pair with a sweet menu. we have never really had to wait as it has always been just two of us, but it does get a little crowded in the front during peak hours. We have sat at the front ""bar"" area and in the back dining room. Both areas are nice; the back is comfy and you seem to always make friends with the people sitting next to you and the front is fun because you get to watch the kitchen staff make masterpieces on plates and the bartender shake cocktails. All about the presentation. The owners(at least i think they were the owners?) have been there and talked to us every time we have visited. They must sleep there! We especially like the black sesame tofu and the ginger rice pudding. We have tried almost every coctail on the drinks menu and they are fantastic(try the bellini and wasabi bloody mary), plus we like to look at the smoking hot bartender! He can come over to my place for drinks anytime! Its our new favorite spot.



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Good atmosphere but nothing much else

The place and decor is very cute and nice. Very clean and great place for catching up and conversation. But that is where it ends. The drinks are not strong. I had a guava ginger type of martini. While it was yummy it basically tasted like guava juice. also the slice of ginger garish looked like a tumor growing off the martini glass. it was huge at least 2 inches wide and a bit distracting when drking from it. the other drk i had was a sake-tini. again not strong but the cucumber garish was not a dainty slice on the rim of the glass. o no, it was a full blown cucumber stick plopped into the glass. not only that but it was rather big abt qtr of a cucumber (if u qtred a cucumber and cut it in half) and it was frozen!! or so i found out after trying to bite into it. the dessert was jus ok at best. i had some sort of strawberry concoction and it was nicely presented but i didnt care for all the fruit flavored jello type cubes. the chocolate cake was jus ok as well. nothing i would rave abt. overall cute place but look elsewhere for good quality dessert and drks.



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Went there last week for late night cocktails and desserts. Delicious sweet tofu (similar to flan) and cookies, beautiful setting, and excellent plating (i watch a lot of Iron Chef). Portions are just right, cocktail menu is surprisingly expansive for those of us who don't *love* sake, and friendly/helpful waitstaff and/or owners around to guide you through the menu.



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Delicious Japanese Desserts and creative cocktails in a modern cozy setting ...

I was in the Big Apple over the holidays and decided to stop by Kyotofu after reading their review in NY mag! My experience at Kyotofu from the moment I entered the door was fantastic!!! I waited about 10 minutes to be seated and was offered to have a cocktail while waiting. The super HOT rocker bartender fixed me up some ridciulously perfect red currant basil drink.. I was seated in the dimly lit modern pod style seating with my four friends. Our waitress was a darling Japanese girl. We each ordered a dessert, all of the savory bites and a cookie box. Then one of the owners, Mike, came over and spoke to us about the sakes that would match nicely with the desserts that we had ordered. We ordered a few different sakes and enjoyed them all with the desserts. Every dessert I tasted was better than the one before... WoW! I would have to say my top two favorites were the Sansho Pepper Tofu Cheesecake and the Tahitian Vanilla Parfait. YUM! And last but not least, the cookies... those little cookies packed so much scrumpciousness into them I bought a box to go.... my favorite was the black sesame white chocolate.... My experience at Kyotofu was superb and I will always make this a stop when I visit NYC.



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Trendy Japanese Desserts And Drinks

Japanese and Trendy is not a new theme but it seems to capitalize itself well in Hell's Kitchen. The desserts are pretty as they are tasty, but they're awfully expensive. Be extremely full before heading here as the desserts are small with price > portion in mind.



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A unique experience, gastronomically divine

Kyotofu fills a void in the New York gastronomical scene- a simple, casual place to hang out after dinner, without the attituide or crowds of a bar or a club. They serve mouth-watering japanese desserts that will make you never want to order dessert at any restauarant again! Its a simple menu, with unique desserts such as sesame sweet tofu or the heavenly vanilla almond parfait.

The sake cocktail menu is extensive and varied. I went in on a Monday night expecting to have one drink but after looking at a menu that offfered guava infused sake and green tea martini among its alternatives, three drinks later I was still going through the list trying to find more combinations to try.

The decor is stylish, yet casual, displaying a simple, minimalist theme (designed by a Japanese desiigner for sure). The entrance is warm, and you almost feel like you are in somebody's kitchen. Nicole and Mike, the co-owners, add to that feeling by making you feel insstantly at home. If you require privacy for your romantic interchanges, or just want to have a restaurant/lounge experience, the space at the back offers dimly lit table seating in an intimate surrounding.

Kyotofu offers an experience that will make you want to come back- its not just dessert, its not just cocktails, its not just ambience, its not just Japan. Its appealing to each of these, in a package that has something for everybody.

It is a small place though, so you might have a long wait to be seated. And if you do, just spend time downing sake cocktails by the bar! Do keep in mind that its not a place where the food will fill you up, so if you are expecting a full meal, go somewhere else, and then when you want a close the night with something divine, make a beeline for Kyotofu.

Go ahead, visit it, and let me know if you agree with me.



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Great place for drinks!

I tried Kyotofu last night, and I was totally impressed. The desserts were awesome, as were their cocktails. It's the perfect spot to go have a drink with a group of friends. Will be back.



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Great drinks, great atmoshphere

This new little place in hells kitchen is quite a find. A very simple yet modern decor, great background music and very tasty cocktails. The atmosphere is great for a date and even to go with a few friends and just chat for a while. The desert menu is exquisite and unique, only tried the chocolate cake thus far, and it was great. The drinks variety is huge, they have everything from Port wine to sakerinhas (Sake caipirinhas, quite delicious). Hells kitchen has many upcoming little places, and this is definetely one of the hippest ive been in a while.



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Best Deserts

Kyotofu is a gem. The decor is simple yet lavish, the white bar and kitchen contrast very well to the beige restaurant. The well thought out presentation of the kitchen and cocktail bar provide a sharp analogy to the originality and quality of the savory food and the cocktails. It just opened this week and I have been waiting to try the deserts and the sake and shochu based cocktails. I was thrilled to go there on opening day. Mike and Nicole, the apparent owners of Kyotofu, greated my date and I as we walked in and made sure throughout the course of our evening that everything was perfect. Everything was perfect. I had never had a Bloody Mary in the evening, but I highly recommend trying Kyotofu's it is simply delicious. The chocolate cake is amazing and so different from what I was used to; I was overjoyed to find a restaurant where good taste and originality came together in such simple tones. The service was fast and the food even though it is prepared on the spot is prepared fairly rapidly. All the deserts have this eloquent presentation its simply a gem. A great find for a date, or a cocktail evening and a great compliment to the HK quarter as Kyotofu fills two voids in that neighborhood because it doubles up as a cocktail bar and desert bar. Very smart management if you ask me. I cannot wait to go there again.

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