Kyotofu

705 Ninth Avenue

Sexy interiors in dessert restaurants are all the rage, and Kyotofu features cuisine of Ritsuko Yamaguchi of Riingo and Daniel fame. Designed by Hiromi Tsuruta, you can't help but be reminded of dessert bar Chikalicious—he designed that interior as w... more

Sexy interiors in dessert restaurants are all the rage, and Kyotofu features cuisine of Ritsuko Yamaguchi of Riingo and Daniel fame. Designed by Hiromi Tsuruta, you can't help but be reminded of dessert bar Chikalicious—he designed that interior as well, in addition to the original über-trendy Momofuku. But the offerings here are vastly different: think sake-infused tofu cheesecake, black sesame sweet tofu, warm raspberry mochi chocolate cake and Tahitian vanilla parfait. Can't decide? Have the kaiseki prix fixe, which includes a sampler of three desserts. Why not choose the sake pairing to go with it? Meanwhile, you'll also find entrees here as at P*ong featuring a number of savories such as tofu and chicken tsukune meatballs, astisanal tofu salad and chamame. Final note: Assorted gift boxes, catering and private events are also available.


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Hell's Kitchen Description

Kyotofu is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. Known as "Clinton" by the municipal government and devotees of former mayor DeWitt Clinton and as "Hell's Kitchen" by Daredevil and everyone else, this area of Midtown West is currently experiencing rapid (re)development. Spanning roughly from West 34th to 59th Streets and from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River, it still has a rough-and-tumble character when compared with other more defined neighborhoods in Manhattan. Once a bastion of poor and working-class Irish Americans, over the last decade the neighborhood has undergone tremendous gentrification as a result of its proximity to Midtown's many office buildings. Long-time residents, many of whom enjoyed reasonable rents and decent-sized apartments, are finding that conversion of rent-controlled and -stabilized apartments, coupled with the general building boom and strong economy, brought quick change to this formerly sleepy area. Given the strange, even Byzantine zoning regulations in New York, it’s not unusual to see a tiny brownstone, a remnant of another era, adjacent to or near a brand-new high-rise rental or condominium building. While the wholesome new Theater District has resulted in lower crime rates and decreased the area’s quality-of-life problems such as prostitution, urban transformation for some means a loss of the gritty qualities of this neighborhood for others.

While you'll find thousands of new apartments in Hell's Kitchen west of Ninth Avenue, you'll also find dozens of eclectic and interesting restaurants to boot. Some of our favorites include the terrific Daisy May's BBQ on Eleventh Avenue; the German cuisine of Hallo Berlin and nearby Queen of Sheba featuring great Ethiopian cuisine on Tenth Avenue; French patisserie La Bergamote on West 42nd Street; Bali Nusa Indah on Ninth Avenue has intriguing Indonesian dishes; the Film Center Café for high-powered American diner-style dishes; and the many Thai places dotting Ninth Avenue too numerous to mention.

Hotels in Hell's Kitchen include a number of budget places the further west you go such as The 414 Hotel and the Skyline. While there are dozens of hotels on Eighth Avenue and throughout the Theater District on Eighth Avenue and Broadway, Hell's Kitchen enjoys a somewhat more relaxed pace than the frenetic hubbub you'll find just two avenues further east.

Check out the neighborhood's weekly Chelsea-Clinton News, a great local publication that’s been around longer than the former U.S. President’s daughter!

Info

705 Ninth Avenue
New York, NY 10019
212-974-6012
Website

Editorial Rating

Category

Dessert

Price

$$$$$

Ambience

Casual

Payment

All Major

This Week's Hours

Sun-Wed: 12:00pm-12:30am
Thu-Sat: 12:00pm-1:30am

@Kyotofu

RT @aqnguyen: {new} Inspired by Elizabeth G. Dunn and @kyotofu > Gluten-Free Miso Tofu Brownies
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RT @JSodetz: Today was so great it deserves 2 posts. BEST GLUTEN FREE MUFFIN EVER from @kyotofu thanks to…
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was it worth the wait? @cissiwallin May 10, 2014

RT @cissiwallin: Standing in the longest line this century to buy a #glutenfree #Kyotofu #Brownie @ Wholefoods. /That time of mouth May 10, 2014

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