Yakitori on St. Marks in NYC
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published July 2010
A few years ago, we went to Tokyo to film a Michael Jackson fan appreciation event with our friend and artist Meredith Danluck. Besides the obvious joy of following a bunch of overzealous MJ fans around in Tokyo, we really loved all the small yakitori joints we stumbled upon.
They were crowded, yet intimate and offered lots of cheap and tasty grilled snacks and refreshing Japanese cocktails, sake and beer. We’ve been clamouring to get back to Tokyo ever since, but for now, we are happy to have two authentic yakitori spots on St. Marks that remind us of our time in Tokyo.
Yakitori Taisho and Oh! Taisho are owned by the same people and located a couple doors down from each other on St. Marks in the East Village. The menus are pretty similar with a large selection of yakitori, sushi, ramen, cocktails and daily specials. We love the grilled shrimp, squid legs, asparagus and bacon, and chicken meatballs along with the salmon carpaccio, grilled rice ball and oversized ramen soups. We like to sit at the bar by the grill and order the yakitori a la carte for about $2 a piece. Plus, you can see what everyone else is ordering and ask the chef what he suggests. We normally order ice cold pitchers of Japanese beer and last week we tried a cocktail with vodka and fresh grapefruit and we got a gigantic glass of vodka & club soda with a half of a fresh grapefruit and a plastic juicer to squeeze it ourselves. Delicious!
Overall, Yakitori Taisho and Oh! Taisho are two amazing places to grab a quick bite and enjoy a short, mental vacation from NYC if only for a moment.