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Tanabata Star Festival Event 7/1-7/7

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to Japanese legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month. Our festivities start once customer walk in the restaurant with a display of bamboo. Following the Japanese custom, diners are encouraged to write a wish on a strip of paper and place it on the plant.

Bringing the cultural celebration to New York, we create an interactive experience with customers. Customer wearing a Yukata on 7/7, a popular summer attire, will receive a refreshing sparkling Tanabata Cocktail ($10) for free. Made with fresh watermelon granite, Calpico and cava, the drink also is available in a non-alcoholic version ($6) with soda instead of Cava.

Tanabata Cocktail

Collect 5 Stamps, Get One (1) Dessert, 10 Stamps, Get One (1) Teishoku for FREE!

You can earn one (1) stamp by ordering one (1) teishoku (set-meal) per customer, per visit at Ootoya Greenwich Village store only.

Redeemed for one (1) complementary dessert at a maximum of $10 value on a next visit upon 5 stamps, and one (1) complementary teishoku at a maximum of $25 value on a next visit upon 10 stamps, by September 30, 2016.

Terms and Conditions

  • Limited offer at Ootoya Greenwich Village Store only.
  • Must show the stamp card at the time of payment.
  • The stamp card cannot be exchanged to cash value.
  • The stamp card cannot be used with other promotions.
  • Must redeem by September 30, 2016.
  • Additional terms and conditions may apply.
  • Ootoya reserves the right to make any changes of terms and conditions without prior notice.

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Ootoya will become a Non-Tipping Restaurant effective March 28, 2016

Ootoya Japanese Restaurant will become a Hospitality Included Establishment effective March 28, 2016

Dear Valuable Customers,

As many of you are probably aware, restaurants across the country have been deeply engaged in a discussion about eliminating the tipping system in favor of establishing other means to compensate Servers and kitchen employees. While our kitchen staff are as essential to ensuring an enjoyable restaurant experience as our service staff, under the tipped system we have been limited in our ability to compensate them for their contributions. Instead of the service staff receiving tips, under Ootoya’s new hospitality included system, all employees will receive a share of the restaurant’s gross sales in addition to their base hourly wage. We believe that by aligning earnings and performance in this way, we will be able to better motivate and more appropriately compensate our servers, as well as the kitchen staff for their efforts. The reality of working as a chef is that we do not often receive the recognition and appreciation when there is earning disparity within the restaurant. By ending the tipping altogether, we can pay more equitable hourly rates, which will translate to better customer service.

Today, we are proud to announce that we will eliminate tipping at the following restaurant locations: Ootoya Chelsea, Ootoya Times Square and Ootoya Greenwich Village.

Beginning March 28th, 2016, Ootoya’s menu prices will increase and we will not expect customers to leave any additional tip when you dine with us. Once the changes take effect, menu prices at Ootoya will include all costs with the exception of applicable taxes. While the prices for individual menu items may seem higher at first, the overall cost of the meal will be only slightly higher, depends on menu, under the new system.

We recognize that for some of our customers, tipping is an important way to communicate the quality of the dining experience. We hope that you will continue to share your experiences with us. If we do not meet your expectations, we hope you will let us know so we have the opportunity to make it right. If we have exceeded them, we would love to be able to pass the compliment along to everyone who worked so hard towards that goal.

Thank you very much for your understanding and appreciation.

America Ootoya Inc.