HAKATA TONTON

We, Hakata TonTon—serve Japanese soul food originating

from Southern Japan, Hakata, Fukuoka Prefecture.

Fukuoka, known as the "gateway to Asia" with its historical

and geographical background— had a strong trade relationship

with China and Korea. With such diversity, it left a rich

food culture, Japanese at heart, with heavy influences of

Korean and Chinese cuisines.

 

TonTon brought into play this melting pot of cultures and

developed it even further to bring a unique, adventurous

palette to New York City for over 13 years. We aim to be a

one-of-a- kind Japanese Restaurant, challenging ourselves

and continuously bringing exciting flavors to create

truly memorable experiences for our guests.

Chef Koji Hagihara was born in Yamanashi, Japan.

His career began in 1989 as a Chef at the Dynasty Restaurant

in Hilton Tokyo Bay and later transitioned to the

Louran Chinese Restaurant within the Kyoto Shouzan Resort.

In 2002, he worked as the Sous Chef at one of the most

prestigious Chinese Restaurants in Japan known as

Wakiya Ichiemicharo. During his time there, he became the

right-hand man to the world famous Iron Chef Wakiya. He had the opportunity to appear in many TV shows, magazines,

and events held throughout Japan.

 

In 2007, he moved to New York City and assisted with the

opening of the new Wakiya Restaurant at the Gramercy Park

Hotel; holding the title of Executive Chef. After two years of working and entertaining top VIP clientele at Wakiya,

he wanted to further challenge himself and decided to transition to Hakata TonTon— a very different Japanese Restaurant that serves unique dishes. Working there for eight years, not only did TonTon become one of the most popular Japanese Restaurants in NYC, Chef Koji also developed his very own cooking style. Continuing into the future, he wishes to grow with TonTon and share its spirit and culture to more people.

食を通して人を笑顔にすること

Making people smile through food

Chef Koji