Tokyo’s Ootoya Arrives in the Flatiron

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Ootoya, the popular Tokyo chain, is set to open it's first Manhattan branch at 8 West 18th Street next Wednesday, April 5th. The 72-seat restaurant, which features high ceilings, an open kitchen, a long bar, and shoji screen, will feature a variation on Izakaya cuisine. Grub got an early look at the lunch menu (which is pending last-minute approval from Tokyo) and saw entrees which are served with rice, miso soup, homemade pickles, and egg custard such as grilled chicken and vegetables with black vinegar sauce, grilled pork loin in a cinnamon sauce, grilled washu beef tongue, grilled mackerel and homemade yukon-potato-and-cheese croquettes. Sushi, soba noodles, and homemade tofu are among the other menu offerings.