Tonsoku at Tonton
Hakata is located in the southern part of Japan, and it is best known for being a gourmet town. Ton means pork and this restaurant is famous for pork dishes, especially Tonsoku (pettitoes) cooking. Tonsoku is very rich in collagen and considered to be good for one's beauty. I would recommend the Okonomiyaki with Tonsoku if it's your first experience with pettitoes. I visited Tonton with 2 friends and ordered 13 dishes including the Motsu hot pot. I have to say we ordered way too much and seriously couldn't move after eating...
Great! Although it's is a Japanese restaurant, some of the food was Chinese-inspired such as the Slow Cooked Pork with buns. Very interesting. For dessert lovers, the Cheese Mousse with blueberry sauce is a must!
My favorite 11/26
Okonomi-Yaki Pan Cake with pork tonsoku, konjak, & okonomi sauce
Slow Cooked Pork with buns and spicy mustard
Cheese Mousse with blueberry sauce
The service is not spectacular, but our servers were friendly and attentive. They served the food at the right timing which means that they did not serve all 13 dishes at once but just the right amount at each time.
The decor is okay, it's an ordinary Japanese-style pub where you'll be able to enjoy a typical Japanese dining experience. The tables are set a little close together so it may feel a bit tight when the restaurant is full. Good for with friends!
Japanese food in West Village
This place is where you should go to find the best Japanese food in West Village!
I've been here many many times, but they always invent new menus and it's delicous!! You cannot go wrong here.
The Jelly Sake was amazing. It is a MUST if you like jelly and you like sake. New combination, new experience.
They newly induced wine was a TAP WINE..OMG... YES this is the only place in NY where they serve TAP WINE! I had the Chardonnay and it was different from what you get from a bottle of wine. More smooth, more aroma, and more dryness.
The foods were splendid, as usual. The Ceviche is a true MUST. The performance using dry ice was surprisingly awesome, and it was the best ceviche I had ever had!!
You won't regret it. Just go!
Chef Koji San is a master at the tonsoku here -- which is Japanese for pigs feet. It is tender, fall-off-the-bone unctuousness. Im a fan of all 3 preparations of the pigs feet. For appetizers, the signature house gyoza is another must along with the seared veal liver sashimi and the whelk sashimi. For your main course, I always go with either the hakata tonton hotpot, the detox cilantro motsu or the hakata motsu hotpot. Not matter which hotpot you get, I always order an extra side of motsu (beef intestine) and the carb finish (they can add rice or noodles toward the latter part of your hotpot). For dessert, the green tea tofu is a must. Perfect finish to an always satisfying meal. Bravo to Koji San!
Yup, best gyozas in NY! That perfectly crisp skin, juicy pork filling!
Hakata Tonton Hot Pot - collagen broth, tofu, dumplings, vegetables, berkshire pork belly and tonsoku. Perfect for a cold night, aaaand great for your skin Yummers!
Part 2 of the hot pot! Bibimbap made by adding rice and an egg to the beautiful broth that developed from the hotpot. Mmmmm!
Steamy Night of Hot Pot
Hakata Tonton easily goes unnoticed save for the steamy windows. Titanic, anybody? And yes, I mean that steamy sex scene in the car. However, the only thing missing from that scene was Hakata Tonton's hot pot! New York's Japanese folk congregate here during the winter, which is a good sign for the rest of us. It just takes 1 month to get a reservation...
On this particular visit (my second), the 4 of us may have enjoyed ourselves a little too much. Our raucous laughter, questionable antics and general happiness were too much for the place. Lesson learned. Shhh! @mtlarocca @jieyes @jdt262
Despite our issues with volume, the food was generally pretty good although not worth the month-long wait. We started with the beautifully plated Atlantic Salmon Carpaccio. I loved the crunchy bits and microgreens for contrast, but the citrus dressing was a touch too sweet. Salmon roe for the win!
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Yesterday's Miyzaki wagyu + shochu tasting event was great fun and very popular!
Kuroki Honten & Kodama Jyozo. 2 of our 7 Miyazaki shochu distilleries represented yesterday.
Ochiai & Kyoya. 2 of our 7 Miyazaki shochu distillery visitors yesterday.
Serious concentration from calligraphy artist Mieko Imai from Miyazaki.
Wish I could have this yummy #Okonomiyaki for breakfast everyday! Excellent dinner last night at with my food-loving ladies!
Comforting Hakata #Motsu #HotPot at in the #WestVillage! Love the combination of flavors in this special broth of Kobe beef Motsu (intestine), cabbage, Chinese chive, gyoza skin, garlic and chili peppers. Perfect to enjoy with friends this winter season!
For many reviewers, Hakata Tonton is found to be a delicious slice of Japanese dining in New York City. Located at 61 Grove Street, New York, NY, Hakata Tonton is reviewed by many as great food at a great cost with a Japanese staff that's regarded as knowing their stuff. Hakata Tonton is firmly buried by many reviews in the four-star range, yet there are some reviewers that have had bad experiences as well.
For many reviewers, the hotpot is a mixed bag at best, being cited as tons of tofu with few actual dumplings. The rest of the menu seems well received however, with the yakitori being immense and the small plates receiving rave reviews, especially for the price.
The decor of Hakata Tonton is reviewed by many as being sparse with the Japanese memorabilia, but still being very cozy. It's also reviewed by many as small and as such, one will want to order reservations.
Lastly, the capability of the staff and service is very welcomed by many reviewers. The staff will hold doors open, refill your glasses if they're below half empty, and will show you people in New York still remember the words please and thank you.