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Posted by Anonymous on 04/18/2008
I can't imagine how to explain that spending over $1000 for dinner can seem appropriate. But the food at Masa is worth everything you pay for it. We lucked out and were able to sit at the sushi bar with Chef Masa as our chef. He was warm and explained everything, pausing to share where the fish came from in Japan and what the litttle toppings he was adding were. Don't go here if you can't refrain from dipping in soy. The chef will tell you when it is needed but otherwise you just leave it to him to dab soy on. The meal began with about 7 dishes that were not sushi. Some of them were shabu shabu, where you dip the fish in a broth to cook it lightly and then they serve the soup to you. Others were grilled over an open flame that gave them a special flavor. We even ordered the special beef that was even more marbled than kobe beef. I can't even describe the texture or flavor but it was a transformative moment in the evenng. The food kept coming, in small bite size tastes. But it never felt pushed or ill timed. 2 hours later, after copius amounts of fish, truffles and "oh my " moments, the meal ended with a piece of perfect Musk Melon and a cup of fragrant tea. The price may make this a meal I can't afford, but it was so worth it. An evening of perfection can't really have a price.
Posted by e.villager on 11/18/2007
Being a big foodie I was super excited to try my stomach at Masa. What a huge disappointment. For starters it is way overpriced. (abt $800 per person after food, drinks, wine & tip) I have had at least as good sushi at places for just a fraction of the cost. Secondly it took me forever to land a reservation on a Tuesday night and there was only one other table eating all night, so unless they have a huge amount of cancellations the reservation policy is simply b.s. The sushi was good but not incredible- as I said there are plenty of great sushi restaurants in NYC and this one certainly failed to live up to the hype and the price.
Posted by foodie19 on 02/04/2007
Ever since I moved to NY from LA I was dying to try Masa. I finally did and it was definitely a great experience. The original Masa was in LA under a different name... and it was infamous for its ultra expensive tasting menu. The price here in NY definitely puts a dent in your bank account - at $500 per person, I don't think I would go back, but I'm glad to have finally tried it. The tasting menu consisted of a dozen or so courses that left us very full. The first dish was Japanese Ginko Nuts w/ Tempura baby shrimp heads. The 2nd was a Toro Tartare w/ White Sturgeon Caviar, followed by a dish of Blowfish Sashimi w/ Lemon Vinaigrette, and then the same Blowfish collar served as tempura. The next course was an Uni Risotto w/ White Truffles. Then we had an interesting rendition of Shabu Shabu - individualized little pots of hot broth to dip raw pieces of Foie Gras and Lobster Shashimi. Later, they served us the same soup from our pots. After that came approximately 25 - 30 small pieces of sushi, one of which was White Truffle Sushi, with a chunk of rice so encrusted with the truffles, it was practically 1/2 an inch thick on all sides. There was an amazing Toro Scallion roll that came next. Finally, because everything was so gourmet, we expected some sort of trio of desserts, but instead were given a simple Grapefruit Iced Gratin dish, which was delicious, but perhaps TOO simple. We had to order an additional icecream they had - a Soba-cha tea flavored version that was very good. Overall, it was a fascinating experience, but in terms of price, I think you can find sushi just as high quality at Sushi Yasuda. The fusion dishes, however, are definitely worth trying.
Posted by stephiebee on 01/25/2007
A sushi-obsessed friend took me to Masa (thank god he was paying) and I must say: I was fairly terrified. I'd heard stories that Masa will yell at people for using too much soy sauce or for asking for something specific. I was worried I wouldn't like all the food or I'd get too full to continue eating! We sat at the sushi bar and watched the chefs preparing the food. Four hours later I left wondering how I would ever eat sushi anywhere else. It was absolutely the most incredible meal of my life. Everything was perfect, melt-in-your mouth delicious. I didn't ask a single question, I just kept on eating. After a while I truly felt comfortable. Masa has a very calming presence. Because I wasn't paying for the meal, I can't really comment on if it was worth $450. Yes, that's a huge amount of money, but if you love food, love sushi and love to brag about eating at an amazing restaurant, it's worth the money. Expense it, find a wealthy friend, use someone else's credit card. If you can get in here, GO. This is a meal I will never forget for the rest of my life.
Posted by Suzzy on 10/23/2006
The prix-fix menu was awesome, food well prepared and watching Masa made it almost worth while. I did however, almost choke when I got my bill. I know I like to treat myself well but do even I need to pay $400 for raw fish and spicy tar tar?
Posted by Blair on 05/20/2006
My fiancé, myself, and a couple of our friends were doing this thing that we do every once in a while where we try to make it from Friday to Wednesday drunk. The rules are that none of us can cook or stay in our own apartments during the “binge,” as we call it, so we spend a lot of time in restaurants and hotels. Luckily, my buddy James had planned ahead for once and booked Masa for that Saturday without telling any of us. A brillant move. By then, we were about twenty-four hours in and the food really hit the spot. Needles to say, I don’t remember much of the evening, but I think the food was excellent, although I felt like we were there for days and plates just kept coming and coming. The sake was a bigger draw than the food– and let me say – the one thing I do remember is some drink like Cakonkou or Kakonnku or something. The waitresses came by and I just kept saying Cakonku and it kept flowing. We were loud, but no one seemed to mind; it was a pretty festive atmosphere, not this “temple” everyone was telling me about. Delicious stuff. It all came to $3500 or something, and my dad was pissed when he saw the AMEX that month, but all that aside it was worth every penny.
Posted by sushi reviewer on 12/24/2005
For the UWS, Neo and Gari while a small step down are a much better value. Was it worth it? I do not think I will be a repeat customer, but I think it is worth the try. My UWS rankings with estimated prices are the following 1) MASA (450/person) 2) Gari 100/person) 3) Neo (80/person). If Nobu was on the UWS I would put it at 4 with a cost of 130/person.