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Posted by NYSJ on 10/26/2014
We had reasonably high expectations going into this special occasion dinner. And, at $450 per person which for us turned into $700/person once tip and some basic sake is included, it does need to be one of the best meals one has ever had. Instead, it was fair. Guess others already know this as, even though it was a Friday evening, the restaurant was barely half full. We did think a few of the offerings were extraordinary, especially the truffle sushi and caviar course. Most of the sushi was pretty good like the clam. Trying blowfish was a special experience. But we did notice that few of the ingredients were special items flown in from Japan as again would be appropriate given the restaurant’s positioning. Service was similarly mixed. A strong affected element for sure. Upon arrival we were asked to silence our cell phones and that we couldn’t take pictures which we found a little offensive, for over $1000 for the evening, we should be able to take a photo if we want one. I would add that, Masa, nothing was special enough that we needed to take a picture. Service was helpful but sometimes a bit pompous. Service was, furthermore, not always attentive, we had to ask for our water to be refilled, for example. The décor was clean and simple with some special touches but again, even respecting the Japanese aesthetic, not special enough. What was most pathetic was dessert. After a small fruit offering, a cake arrived that we were told was a 24 layer cake from a local bakery. Local bakery? Again, given the hoopla Masa makes of it itself, we were shocked they didn't have their own pastry chef as opposed to going shopping at a local bakery. The cake tasted fair. We got home and had an ice cream bar and would have trouble recommending Masa.
Posted by Liaw on 07/27/2014
Instead of traveling, I would rather travel with my bud of tongue to Masa. What an EAT, I mean Edible Art Treat.
Posted by D. Colman on 07/11/2012
Yes, it was worth the $1500.00 for two. Thankfully, I live on the other coast because I would have to dine here again and again and again! Everything was beautiful-- the restaurant, the fish, the service and the 3-hour experience. We were fortunate to be the first at the bar and sit in front of Masa. He was friendly, giving us enough space but warm and talkative at the same time. With absolute certainty I can say it was my most favorite dining experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/12/2011
$4800 for 6 people, and we were all very hungry at the end. The place is super quiet and they did not look fondly on our semi-rowdy group. Repeatedly came to our table requesting we keep it down. I did not think the food was anything to rave about and there is no way in h*ll I will return at that price. Maybe it would have been a nice culinary experience at $200/head, one of those things you can say you did and mildly enjoyed it but at $800 per person it felt like a joke. Especially when they expect it to stay museum quiet. No way anyone should leave hungry at that price. I wouldn't go back even if it was $100 per person.
Posted by Claudia on 06/15/2010
I even ate the blowfish...this restaurant was a nearly transformative experience. A fortune yes, but memorable beyond compare.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/13/2009
yes, it really is that good. it's worth every penny ... if you're going to do it, go for the special beef -- i'm not even a meat eater really and i wanted to cry it was so good. they use truffles like salt and pepper. if you can do it, save up, go at least once ...
Posted by Chron on 03/29/2009
Although the food is unquestionably good, after I visited here with a Japanese friend, my friend and I came to the same conclusion... it's better to spend this ridiculous amount of money instead on a trip to Tokyo and eat the real deal.