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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.
Posted by masa fan on 11/05/2005
The previous reviewers taste is seriously in question. Masa is by far the best sushi in the city, and from my travels, the country. I had the center bar seat with Masa himself slinging sushi for 3 hours. Each course was more amazing than the last and well worth the $1600 for 3. Masa spares no expense with ingredients, truffles, caviar, and blowfish abound. Save your pennies and partake of the crown culinary jewel in New York City. No need to dress up, the focus is on the food-not you.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/05/2005
I tried it and boy, was I disappointed. The room is serene, as long as no one else in the restaurant is speaking. The accoustics are so bad in there that even light table conversation is projected throughout the room. The food is very expensive, but I will pay for a great meal - this was not it. One course was still frozen in the middle (I didn't think they froze their fish?). Other than that course, the food was generally very good, but certainly not worth the crazy price. Also, the sake is unreasonably expensive as well.
Posted by Warhola on 08/23/2005
Yes, it's expensive (currently $350 per person not including drinks, tax, or tip), but this is the best meal I have had in my life. Soft, supple fish that melts in your mouth... literally. The toro is the best. Make sure you reserve a spot at the counter... it's a much better experience to sit at the counter and watch Chef Masa work than to sit at the tables away from the action.
Posted by Sushi lover on 03/13/2005
Everything is amazing, the food, the place...unmatched quality. Toro is the best I've had in either NY or Japan. Uni was creamy and delicious. The shitake mushroom nigiri was outstanding. Toro tartare has enough caviar on it to bring a man to tears. Having said that, with two bottles of sake and tip it came out to $1100 for the two of us. Make sure you get a seat at the sushi bar, and don't forget your AmEx black card.