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Posted by NY Visitor on 08/18/2006
We visited New York in August of 06' and were really excited about visting the Iron Chef's restaurant. The food was very good and the atmosphere was great but what really took away from the experience was the service. Our waitress took our order and only checked on us when we flagged her down to refill our empty glasses. At the end of the meal it took a comment to our busboy "Can you recomment a dessert since we haven't seen our waitress for a while!" he told her and she came over and still wasn't interested in giving us any attention. We were so dissapointed that I'm going to write the management in hopes they do something about it.
Posted by anon on 08/16/2006
I've eaten at Morimoto 3 times now. The first time was a novelty, the second time we went with more people and I got to try more dishes. On someone's recommendation maybe from this site, we tried the fish stew / bouillabasse... very subpar, overall not memorable. Then last night we decided to just walk in and grab something from the sushi bar - the rock shrimp tempura was greasy and really not from the standards you expect from an Iron Chef! My conclusion is for the quallity of food you get here, it is overpriced - I mean $7 for a small bowl of rice?
Posted by anonymous on 08/13/2006
Morimoto's a great place to go if you are entertaining a client and/or can somehow expense the experience. the food is great, the service is excellent, but it's really just overpriced and banking on the reputation of chef morimoto. we went as a party of two on a special occasion. we had the sashimi appetizer (amazing) and the oysters foie gras (hmm, great, but expected more than three oysters). our entrees, the surf and turf (very nice) and the yellowtail (served more korean style with rice) were great but not stirring. definitely worth one trip, especially if you're a foodie, but falls short of the reigning japanese restaurants in town.
Posted by William on 07/21/2006
While the food at Morimoto was great there lack that special umph in the whole experience. I ate at MorimotoNY last weekend and the place was packed. All the seats were filled and it seemed the waiters and bussers were too busy to tend to your needs. The food came out a lil bit late but was okay. I asked the french waiter what took so long and he seemed annoyed and told me it was busy. I expected to see more from the waiter and busser but they were always assisting other customers. Almost as if I wasn't wanted. After my wife and I finished and left the table, I notice the busser quickly cleared and reset the table for the next guest. I was astonished to see how quickly he had reacted to me leaving than when I was sitting there. It just seems we should have been more attended to during our stay since we were paying for such a costly meal. Maybe they were understaffed, maybe the server lacked hospitality.
Posted by Tree on 07/21/2006
Granted, I was invited to Morimoto the second night of its existence, but I was blown away by the food and service here. My guest and I ordered two tasting menus which were personally prepared and served by Iron Chef Morimoto himself -- an amazing experience in itself! The food was exquisite, balanced, and fresh -- without much downtime between courses. I have never tasted uni so tender and sweet. I had my first taste of foie gras and kobe beef at this restaurant, and loved it. I have to say, this is the very first time that I openly weeped because the food was so good. I highly recommend the tasting menu, and try to catch Morimoto there one night.
Posted by Michael on 07/16/2006
The food was unreal. Try the oysters. Very expensive though figure on $150 a head. And they say there is free parking but there is none. The building itself is also very nicely designed. One of the best restaurants (based on food which is most important) in New York.
Posted by Natalie on 07/15/2006
I was so impressed with the food there! I had a seafood combo where the broth was to DIE FOR! the only problem that I had there was that the omakase wasn't something that I could order without having everyone else at my table order it too. Mind you, omakase costs 120. But the ambience was great and our waiter was beautifully polite. The desserts were great..I had a creme brulee that was sweet and smooth. You gotta go there. Please read this and take into consideration...cocktails were awesome!