T.I.C. Group Restaurant July 4th, 2013 Schedule

Everyone, have a happy 4th of July!

Please note that all of T.I.C. Restaurants will be closed except:

Cha-An (2pm till 9:30pm)
Sakagura (Lunch close. Dinner 6:00-11:00pm)
Otafuku (Regular schedule: 1:00pm-10:00pm)
Sobaya (Regular schedule: Lunch Noon-3:30pm Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm)

T.I.C. Restaurant Group
230 East 9th St. 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10003


Watch: Those Paddles Aren't Easy

Those Paddles Aren't Easy

Watch Robataya's manager host a friendly paddle competition between Custom Nation TV hosts Christian Finnegan and Camille Ford as part of their NYC sightseeing tour.

Our chefs make it look easy to kneel for hours and serve robata-grilled dishes to our guests using paddles. 

We bet you want to have a stab at it too, don't you.
Maybe you'll get to try it at our next event...(hint hint)

Thanks to Christian & Camille for stopping by.
Glad you enjoyed the food & had an "honorable experience" at Robataya!

You can see more of their unique NYC adventures here.

Robataya NY
231 East 9 Street
New York, NY 10003


Bento Boxes by Sakagura's Chef Debuts!

Craving Sakagura's delicious lunch but don't have a reservation & don't have time to wait?

Well, you're going to love our Kiosku To-Go Lunch Boxes
Sakagura's Head Chef Honma has created beautiful & tasty lunch boxes for you to take out.
Currently, we have four options to choose from:

*Trio of Inari Sushi w/ fried chicken & omelette*
*Saikyo Miso Cod Bento*
*Soba Salad w/ Housemade Soymilk Dressing*
*Gingered Pork Bento*

Drooling yet?
Stop by Kiosku on the first floor lobby to get your lunch box.
Only 10 of each variety are available per weekday.

More lunch box varieties will debut in July so stay tuned!

211 E 43rd ST LOBBY
(above Sakagura, next to the elevators)
New York, NY 10017
Soft Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 11AM-4PM


Night of Sakura (April 17, 2013)


April 17, 2013

Robataya invites you to partake in the age-old Japanese festive tradition of hanami - cherry blossom viewing. Treat your loved one to a one-night-only event celebrating the ephemeral beauty of sakura.

While sitting under our cherry blossoms, feast on a delectably prepared Hanami Bento Box

Spring Bounty Appetizers
fluffy egg omlette
shrimp fritters 
roasted marinated duck 
herring roe with kelp
firefly squid & spring vegetables with sweet kimizu, a yolk-based dressing

Big-eye Tuna & Amber Jack Sashimi

Saikyo-Miso Tile Fish

Yuba-wrapped Crispy Fried Chicken

served with 
Kettle-cooked Kamameshi Rice with Mountain Vegetables

Sakura Mochi

~meal paired with Masumi Arabashiri "First Run" Junmai Ginjo sake~

 Enjoy a private mini-performance by koto master Ms. Masayo Ishigure. As the koto expert of NYC, Ms. Ishigure has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall & Lincoln Center, and has held concerts all around the world. She is also the highly-esteemed instructor of Sawai Koto Academy of New York.
For more information about Ms. Ishigure & her koto performances, please visit her website:

For Night of Sakura reservations, please call Robataya at (212) 979-9674
Two seating: 6:30PM & 9:00PM
Only 25 seats are available at each seating
$100/person (tax & gratuity not included)

Robataya NY
231 East 9 Street
New York, NY 10003


TIC Restaurant Group Will Celebrate 'Japanese Restaurant Week 2013'

TIC Restaurant Group will celebrate 'Japanese Restaurant Week' 
by offering a wide-ranged menu that highlights regional cuisines of Japan! 

From March 4 -18, our restaurants will be serving 
special items at each location. 

Take a look at the list of participating TIC locations 
and preview some of the artfully prepared dishes.

Hi-Collar ~Location Opening Soon~
Will be sold at Decibel @ 240 E 9th ST 

Omu-Rice Bento Box
Pan-fried rice with fresh tomatoes and Nagoya’s “Cochin” local chicken, wrapped in a thin omelet. Served with pork katsu mini sandwiches and kabocha pumpkin salad

*Hi-Collar Omu-Rice Bento Box will also be available at Grand Central Terminal during March 19 - 21 in celebration of Grand Central Terminal's 100th anniversary & Tokyo Train Station's 99th anniversary!

(Dinner only; 10 per day)

210 E 9th ST

Ibaragi Local Specialties, pairs well with Ibaragi local sake:
Ankou Nabe
Traditional Monkfish and Vegetable Hot Pot

Sake No OshiZushi
Pressed “Oshi” Sushi with Salmon

Renkon No Oroshi Age
Fried Balls of Grated Lotus Root

(Dinner only)

229 E 9th ST

“Ikameshi” Bento Box
Bento featuring a Hokkaido specialty: squid stuffed with sticky rice. Served with eggplant dengaku, soba-gaki, and ankimo (Japanese delicacy of monkfish liver)

(Dinner only)

230 E 9th ST Fl. 2

Fukuoka Rice Burger
Rice Burger made with Spicy Cod Roe and Fukuoka Mustard Greens, served with a side soup

(Lunch & Dinner)

Robataya NY
231 E 9th ST

Firefly Squid Kamameshi
Toyama’s local rice kettle-cooked with firefly squid, a seasonal and regional specialty of Toyama. Paired with sake and served with Cod Soup

(Dinner only)

214 E 9th ST (West)

Baked Curry with “Hinai” Chicken Egg
Your choice of curry topped with Fukuoka’s “Hinai” local chicken egg

(Lunch & Dinner)

Rai Rai Ken
218 E 10th ST

Akita Inspired Ramen
Ramen with sake lees broth, topped with rice cake, roast pork, soft-boiled egg & assorted vegetables

“Harako” Fried Rice
Miyagi-inspired salmon fried rice topped with luscious salmon roe, served with side soup

(Lunch & Dinner)

211 E 43rd ST B1

March 4 - 10
“AizuHan” Sake Tasting Set
Highlighting the regional sakes of Aizu area of Fukushima prefecture, in honor of the NHK Historical Drama Series “Yae no Sakura”

Okunomatsu Ihei Daiginjyo (Okunomatsu Shuzo)
Daishichi Minowamon (Daishichi Shuzo)
Ken Daiginjyo (Suehiro Shuzo)
Naraman Jyunmai (Yumegokoro Shuzo)
(4 tastings/50 ml each)

March 7 - 17
“AizuHan” Sake Tasting Set
-Highlighting the regional sakes of Aizu area of Fukushima prefecture, in honor of the NHK’s Historical Drama Series “Yae no Sakura”

Naraman Origarami (Yumegokoro Shuzo)
Daishichi Kimoto Jyunmai Umeshu (Daishichi Shuzo)
Okunomatsu Tokubetsu Jyunmai (Okunomatsu Shuzo)
Suehiro Yamahai Jyunmai (Suehiro Shuzo)
(4 tastings/50 ml each)

(Dinner only)

Sakebar Decibel
210 E 9th ST

Kenbishi served with Chamame
Hyogo-based Oldest “Jizake”

(Dinner only)



~Robataya Valentine's Day Menu~

Treat that special someone to a unique 
Valentine's Day dinner at Robataya. 

For reservations, please call (212) 979-9674.

Robataya NY
231 East 9th St.
New York,  NY 10003


T.I.C. Restaurant Holiday Schedule 2012 - 2013

Hello All,

May the warmth of hearth and home fill your hearts with joy this holiday season! 
Here is our holiday schedule.

Rai Rai Ken

December 25th, 2012 Closed
January 1st, 2013 Closed


December 25th, 2012 Lunch Closed, Dinner 6pm to 10:30pm (last call)
December 26th, 2012 Lunch Closed, Dinner 6pm to 11:30pm (last call)
December 31st, 2012 Lunch 11:30am to 2:20pm, Dinner 6pm to 10:30pm (last call)
January 1st & 2nd 2013 Closed

Sakebar Decibel

December 25th, 2012 Closed
December 31st, 2012 Open from 6pm to 2am (last call is 12:50am).
January 1st, 2012 Closed


December 24th, 2012  Close at 6pm
December 25th, 2012 Closed
December 31st, 2012  Close at 9pm
January 1st, 2013 Closed


December 25th, 2012 Closed
December 31st, 2012 Close at 10pm (Eat-in Last call is 9:45pm/Delivery last call is 9pm)
January 1st, 2013 Closed

Robataya NY

December 24 & 25th, 2012 /Special Holiday Dinner available
December 31st, 2012 Open (last call is 10pm)
January 1st, 2013 Closed


January 1st, 2012 Closed


December 25th, 2012 Opens lunch only (Noon-4:00pm) Dinner closed
December 31st, 2012 Open
January 1st, 2013 Open
January 2nd, 2013 Closed

Shabu Tatsu

December 31st, 2012 close at 10pm
January 1st, 2013 Closed


December 25th, 2012 closed
January 1st, 2013 closed


"Tako NY" ~ A documentary film about Otafuku~

Tako NY from Kristoffer Brearton on Vimeo.

Text: Karl Palma (Otafuku)

Late Summer 2012, I was approached by filmmaker, Kris Brearton, about the idea of making a short documentary about Osaka street food, and it's presence here in NYC.  The film was to be presented at the Food Film Festival here in NYC.  Not knowing much about the Food Film Festival and or the director, I figured any promotion would be good promotion for Otafuku.  I really didn't know what to expect.  I just hoped that doing the film would give better incite to Otafuku fans, old and new, about what we do here and how we do it.  It would be a good time for me to explain some things about the food, the culture, as well as add some personal tidbits about being the head cook here.  Filming the movie was done so fast.  We had a lot of fun in the process.  

It debuted October 19, 2012 at Loews East Village to a pack of 400+ hungry foodies.  Spam and I cooked at the premiere, and it was a busy day.  We were one of the most popular vendors in the lobby.  The smell of Takoyaki filled the basement lobby.   As we were getting ready to feed the next wave of food film fans, one of the event coordinators called Spam and I to the theatre.  We put down our stuff and made our way to the theatre.  The doors opened and it was a packed house!  I felt like I was at the Oscars.  The movie just finished, credits rolling and everyone was in their seats.  I looked a far and Kris was on the stage.  He said, "By the way, Chef Karl and Spam are here, lets welcome them on stage to say something and wrap it all together".  Those weren't the exact words he said but, I'm pretty sure it went something like that...

Everyone turned around in their seats smiling and clapping at us.  Amazing.  We walked up the aisle to the stage, everyone still clapping, and the spotlights were on us.  Right when we turned around to the audience, It became so quiet.  I could hear the crickets.  I looked over at Spam to see if she wanted to say someting, but she froze.   So I spoke.  What happened there, I don't remember so much, but it seems like I touched a lot of people with my honesty and cooking philosophy.  Everything went so fast.  Afterwards my hands were shaking.  
Overall, I think the film was a bigger thing than I expected it to be.  Now, chefs come by, drop off a business card or two, and ask me to swing on by to their establishments so I can rub elbows with the top chefs of NYC.  Wow!  Me???  

I love to cook, and though I'm no Morimoto, I can honestly say, my Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Yakisoba is some of the best in the city.  I put a lot of love into it, because I always cook like my mom cooks for me.  I'll always do the same for you no matter how busy.  With that, I'll continue to do the best that I can do, and hope you enjoy the ride too.  So check out the film, sit back and relax for the 5 minutes it is (ha ha), and enjoy!  

See you here on 9th street.  

Karl P

236 East 9th St. 
New York, NY 10003
212 353 8503


Shabu Tatsu Opens for Lunch 7 Days a Week, Starting December 1st, 2012

Enjoy Shabu Tatsu LUNCH every day of the week!

Starting this December, Shabu Tastu is opening its doors for lunch 7 days a week. From 12PM to 3PM, come take refuge from the cold weather by warming up with our energizing lunch, including our popular hot stone bibimap! Come for a quick, belly-satisfying bite or enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends, colleagues and loved ones.

See you at Shabu Tastu!

216 E. 10th St. New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212 477 2972 shabutatsu.com    


Happy Thanksgiving from the TIC Family to Yours!

Happy Thanksgiving from the TIC Family to Yours!

Our Thanksgiving hours are as follows:

Cha-An: Closed
Curry-Ya: Open 12-5PM (No dinner service)
Decibel: Regular schedule
Hasaki: Closed
Otafuku: Closed
Rai Rai Ken: Open 12-5PM (No dinner service)
Robataya: Closed
Sakagura: Regular schedule
Shabu-Tatsu: Regular schedule
Sobaya: Regular Schedule

The TIC Management Office will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The Management Office & all restaurants will resume regular schedules starting on Friday, November 23rd.

We have so much to be thankful for this year, especially the love & support we received after Super Storm Sandy.
Our heart goes out to our neighbors who have lost everything & are slowly rebuilding. 
Please share the love you showed us with them.

From the bottom of our grateful heart,

T.I.C. Restaurant Group
230 East 9th St. 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10003


Otafuku & Curry-Ya join JAM, the largest Japanese Performing Arts Festival in America

Curry-Ya will join this year's JAM, Japanese Arts Matsuri 2012! 

This is the largest Japanese performing arts festival in America. Please stop by and enjoy performances by Japanese artists & a lot of food venders.

For more information found at JAPANESENETWORK.ORG.

JAM Japanese Arts Matsuri 2012

155 1st Avenue (Bet. 9th & 10th St)
New York, NY 10003


Good bye Storm Sandy; T.I.C. Restaurants open now!

Hello all,

We are praying for your safety & well-beings after Storm Sandy. T.I.C. Restaurant Group respects our patrons strength in this difficult time.

T.I.C. Group Restaurants open today and ready to serve you. ( as of 10/3/2012 5:00pm. ) Highly recommended to call each restaurants beforehand. Also please note that we might not accept credit card payment because of limited internet access.

We will see you soon at one of following restaurants!

[ Curry-ya 214 E. 10th St. (212) 995-2877 nycurry-ya.com ]
is open with limited items. (Chicken katsu curry, Pork Katsu Curry, Plain Curry)

[ Sakebar Decibel 240 E. 9th St. (212) 979-2733 sakebardecibel.com
will be open tonight with regular schedule.

[ Rai Rai Ken 218 E. 10th St. (212) 477-7030 ] 
is open for lunch and dinner.

[ Sobaya  229 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 533-6966 sobaya-nyc.com ]
is open for lunch and dinner with limited items. (Note: cash payment only)

[ Shabu Tatsu 216 E. 10th St. (212) 477-2972 shabutatsu.com 
opens at 5:30pm (Shabu shabu & Sukiyaki only)
(update: Sunday 11/4 lunch open with limited menu)

[ Cha-An 230 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 228-8030 chaanteahouse.com ] 
is currently open just for tea but starting at 6PM, they will start to serve some dinner items.

[ Sakagura 211 E. 43rd St. B1F (212) 953-SAKE(7253) sakagura.com ]
 has been open with regular schedule

[ Hasaki 210 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-3327 hasakinyc.com ]
opens tonight at 5:30pm with limited menu.

[ Otafuku 236 E. 9th St. New York, NY 10003 (212) 353-8503 ]
 will be open by around 5pm.

[ Robataya 231 E. 9th St. (212) 979-9674 robataya-ny.com ] 
will open for dinner with a limited menu.

And again stay safe &warm!


Congratulations! Sobaya and Robataya NY are listed in Michelin's 2013 Bib Gourmand list!

We are proud to announce that Sobaya and Robataya NY are listed in Michelin's 2013 Bib Gourmand list!

Here is a little background on the Bib Gourmand list:

The Bib Gourmand designation denotes good cuisine at a reasonable price in a variety of comfort categories. Defined as “Inspectors’ Favorites for Good Value,” Bib Gourmand restaurants offer two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included), and are often of most value to a city’s residents, who regularly dine in neighborhood restaurants.

To see Sobaya and Robataya on the list and to view the other selections for 2013, please click on the link below. 

229 East 9th St.
New York, NY 10003
Tel: 212 533 6966

Robataya NY
231 East 9th St. New york, NY 10003
Tel: 212 979 0674


Come & Join @ Sakagura National Sake Day Celebration Week 10/1-10/8

Did you know that October 1st is “Sake no Hi”, National Sake Day, in Japan? This is the day the brew masters all across the nation begin to produce their sake. 
we would like to extend our warmest gratitude to all of our sake connoisseurs who have helped Sakagura to shape into what it is these days.
Let’s celebrate the importance of Japanese culture, tradition and above all, Sake!

[ Monday, Oct 1st  “Sake no Hi” ]
Carefully selected 10 Daiginjo (super premium sake) will be served $10.01 by the glass for lunch and dinner time
(Note: One glass limited order per bottle of sake)

[ Tuesday, Day 2 ]
6 sakes will be served 25% Off by the carafe

[ Wednesday, Day 3 ]
5 sakes will be served 25% Off by the bottle

[ Thursday, Day 4 ]
4 sake tasting sets will be served with a special price

[ Friday, Day 5 ]
New York Launch of Floating World Sake Imports, Santa Fe, NM Sake Tasting Party at Sakagura  9:00pm-11:30pm
Tasting Fee $25 (Note: dining in only, not accepted only tasting attendee)

[ Saturday, Day 6 ]
Happy Sakagura’s 16th Birthday
Toasting with Kagami Biraki (complementary of a glass of sake for guests)
Sake Goods Ruffle

*Kagami Biraki is a Japanese traditional ceremony which literally translates to "Opening the Mirror" (from an abstinence)?. The words themselves, "Kagami Biraki," signify the unveiling, or rather "breaking out," of the mirror (kagami - mirror, biraki - breaking out). The mirror, of course, stands for the reflection of our true nature, the real self. Our hope is that with each new year, the reflection will become truer to the original.

[ Monday, October 8th, Columbus Day ] 
Sake Samurai, Timothy Sullivan “Urban Sake Tasting Club” Launch Party at Sakagura 6:30-8:30pm (advanced RSVP required) $34 (all inclusive)

*Sake events will be offered for dinner except Monday, October 1st. The price excludes tax and service charge.  These offers expire with the availability of sake being promote. Discount on a first come first serve basis.

211 East 43rd St. B1F
New York, NY 10017


Sakagura joins "Aki Matsuri Autumun Festival 2012" October 4th, 2012 (Thur)


Check this out this event, Sakagura joins Aki Matsuri 2012 on October 4th, 2012 @ Brooklyn Brewery! This event is organized by Gohan Foundation.

NYC Chefs Celebrating Japanese Ingredients
Morimoto Oceana 
Sushi ZenGrammercy Tavern
TakahachiRed Rooster Harlem
Tori ShinBlue Ribbon Brooklyn
Soba TottoSakagura

Join this event for:
  • Unique food from the best restaurants in NYC!
  • A variety of artisanal Sake!
  • Japanese Whisky!
  • Beer from Brooklyn Brewery!
  • Soh Daiko, the New York City-based premier taiko group will perform throughout the evening, adding a sense of energy and movement to what promises to be an already vibrant event!
  • We will also feature a Silent Auction and Raffle.

A portion of the proceeds from this joyful event will be donated toward recovery efforts for victims of the March 2011 tsunami & earthquake in Japan.

For more information, please go to www.gohansociety.org or call 212 385 3550.

Aki Matsuri 2012
Brooklyn Brewery
79 North 11th St.