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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 03/07/2015
A friend suggested Bar Masa before we went to Jazz at Lincoln Center. I had of course heard of Masa, which is reputed to be outrageously expensive, but worth it for creativeness and superior quality. Given their consanguinity, I had expected still excellent food at a lower price at the Bar. What a disappointment!! I chose the yellow tail roll (8 pieces), one of the cheapest items on the menu. The price was about 10 times higher than any local sushi bar for approximately the same fare. The atmosphere is lovely, quiet and serene, but that did not make up for the roar in my head when I saw the bill. Not recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/07/2011
The food is absolutely delicious. It's extremely expensive for very small portions so you might leave hungry. The quality though is better than any I've ever had.
Posted by HHB on 08/05/2011
Finally decided to check the place out, and thought the Bar would be a little less expensive than the restaurant. Haha, wrong. I only had ice water (hot night), soup, 4 pieces of sushi, one small main dish and dessert, and the bill before tip was $125. No cocktails, wine or drinks at all. The soup, a chilled spicy tomato and cucumber goop, was disappointing, and the main reason I didn't rate the food more highly. It looked and tasted like nothing so much as spicy ketchup with a little minced cucumber in it. Really, all I could think of was gluey ketchup while I was having it - I didn't finish it. It was also very spicy - fine in the right place, but as a starter, I had to wait a while for the burn to go away so I could actually taste the sushi. The sushi was incredible, and also incredibly expensive, but at least I felt that I was getting something for the money. Then again, at $15 for one small piece of toro sushi, it better be good. The sushi is priced per piece and the prices ranged from $8 a piece to $15 (toro). I cannot fault the quality at all, it was amazing, but I have had equally good sushi for less than half the price at other places. The main dish was an uni & sweet corn risotto. The portion was extremely small (around 1/2 cup) but the price was not, $48 without truffles. I'm glad I like small portions, but since I know rice and sweet corn are not expensive ingredients, I think there should have been more for what they were charging. It was very good, however. Dessert was the cocoa and black sesame ice cream, which was really excellent - and again, was twice the price of what other top restaurants would charge for a scoop of ice cream, $11. The service was very nice, but it made me slightly uncomfortable to have someone watching me while I ate at the bar and refilling my water glass every time I took a sip out of it. Bottom line: I would only come here for the sushi, and only then if Warren Buffett was paying for it. The prices are simply insane for what you get; I don't care how famous this chef is. I saw in an earlier review that people didn't appreciate that many ingredients are sourced from Japan. But I've been to plenty of places that get their ingredients from abroad, and they don't charge what this place does. The rent must be insane; I really can't think of another reason to charge these prices. I live nearby and would come here as a regular, but not at these prices, not for what you get. I honestly can't recommend it as a good value.
Posted by New Yorker on 04/10/2011
It was one of those evenings were we ended up in this restaurant unplanned. I had never heard of it but that does not mean much since I'm a downtowner and seldom venture to this neighborhood except if there is a reason. Being the case, we went into Bar Masa, it looked nice and a place to be able to dine and chat without blasting background music. My friend and I ordered the sashimi tasting dinner $98/person. We got a small tray with several pieces of fish that were fresh yet could easily have been an order of a regular sashimi dinner in any average/good east village japanese restaurant, except that they would have included a bowl of rice. We also ordered sake which was a tiny carafe $38 and was mediocre. We were still hungry after we finished our dinner although we are 2 women and not big eaters. Consequently, we had to order another tuna roll. Paying so much money for such little value made it an unpleasant experience as you feel ripped off, moreover, having to leave smiling to the staff. If you have money to throw and just looking for a pleasant place to sit, go there but if you want a good dining experience and pay for something worthwhile go somewhere else.
Posted by Sean Moffett on 10/02/2010
The Kobe beef and unagi is excellent! Try the Ginger Mojito! It's a little expensive, but it's New York...
Posted by anonymous on 01/05/2010
The food was great. Some people just don't know that 90% of the items come right from Japan! Knowing this and having the chance to try it, I give it a 10 out of 10. Everthing was right on the money, if your cheap don't go. But If you know how important quality is then this is your spot.
Posted by Michael on 08/22/2009
I thought this was lousy. I eat every night and I felt would have better off getting the sushi at Whole Foods downstairs. I ordered the sushi tasting menu which was average to poor. Sushi Sekki on the East side is far superior fish quality and much better value. I knew there was trouble when the restaurant was empty on a Saturday. NO MAS.