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Aburiya Kinnosuke

JAPANESE  ROBATA

213 E. 45th St. (bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave.)   Tel: 212-867-5454
Lunch, Mon-Sat: 11:30am-2:30pm  Dinner, Mon-Sat: 5:30pm-12:00am
Sun: 5:30pm-11:30pm  No lunch on Sundays

This isn’t your neighborhood joint, nor is it a casual grill. Aburiya attracts a selective crowd, mostly businessmen for lunch and like-minds for dinner, UN staff are among its regular clientele. Aburiya literally means “grill,” but this grill is not what you have in mind if you’re thinking of communal grills built into tables. Instead small portable vessels with bincho-tan charcoal (which create less smoke) are brought to individual customers to experience the authentic Tokyo “Shichirin grill.” What’s the difference between Yakitori and Robata? Robata uses indirect heat creating a smoky but tender touch to an assortment of meats. Aburiya’s interior maintains a simple and traditional Japanese design with four private booths behind shoji screens, a line of 8 tables, and a counter seating area around a grill. A faint mint green colors one wall and blends well with the natural hues of various woods. An all-Japanese staff adds to the authenticity seeing that Robata requires specialty skills. Reservations are recommended – most nights are booked – as this two-year old Japanese-American partnership makes a humble avowal to preserve exceptional Robata in Manhattan.

Houbayaki

Three kinds of miso paste mixed and hanger beefsteak atop a traditional Robata (“Grill”) vessel. Garnished with scallions and seasoned with black pepper ($18).

The most popular dish among Japanese customers  BEST 3!

(1)Tsukune/ Grilled Ground Chicken ($9.50)
(2)Sashimi – Five Kinds ($40)
(3)Today’s Houba/Miso & Houba Beef  ($12-18)