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Posted by Fishlips on 05/15/2006
I went to Morimoto during the week of May 22nd. My dining partner had the duck, she said *great* value! A lot of delicious duck. I had some sushi rolls. Good - but not at all great. And I know my sushi - there is nothing so unbelievably impressive in taste to pay these types of prices (approx. $9 per roll). Service? Not bad at all. Very perky waitress. So the dining was overall a pretty good experience (oh yeah, and the desserts were fantastic! Try the tofu cheesecake!) What wasn't great? The, and this is all true, absolute total buffoons on each side of me with their "dates" in quotes because they were loud enough for you to learn they were each cheating on their wives with their "dates." And these two quality morons were not together. They were literally caricatures of Soprano men. So if you have a little money to spare, go to Morimoto, but just know that the crowd is heavy on the euro-trash, bimbos and buffoons from Jersey.
Posted by 05.13.06 Diner on 05/13/2006
Dinner started poorly. I arrived at 5:35pm today for my 5:30pm reservation and at the front desk, guy in a suit told me that he could not seat my party of 4 because only three of us were present. My brother was running late. I asked him to please seat us as a party of 3 and we will just squeeze him in when he arrived. Apparently, that was not good enough either. If this was a cheap or prixe fixe only restaurant, an 8pm reservation or if we were all late, I would have been more understanding but it was 5:35pm and the restaurant was EMPTY. Then, he proceeded to tell me something completely out of line for a restaurant charging these prices, that he needed the table back at 7:30pm!!! I have eaten at the best restaurants in NYC and in the world, i.e. michelin 3 star restaurants, and I have never been told something so rude and so unecessary. I was very close to turning around and leaving. He may have sensed that because he finally agreed to seat us as a table for 3, which was a smart decision since its was 5:30pm and there was no one waiting for a table at the restaurant. The ironic thing is that the tables at the restaurant accomodate 2 or 4 so if you book a table of three, you still sit at a table of four. So- I ask you...what was the big deal about seating us??? This guy had no common sense and ruined our experience. Food was pretty good (not mind blowing) and table service was decent but rushed. There were also several men in black suits hovering over all the tables and whispering which made us a bit uncomfortable. No surprise- we were miracously delivered our bill at 7:25pm. Heaven forbid that we would want to enjoy another $100 bottle of sake. I will not be back to Morimoto. There are too many wonderful restaurants in NYC to go back to one that treats you this way.
Posted by Un-Impressed on 05/05/2006
If you're expecting to be swept away into the Iron Chef stadium you'll be very disappointed. Appetizers were decent but nothing to write home about. The sushi was good but you can get great sushi anywhere in New York. The entrees were delicious but nothing exceptional. I had the surf and turf that had very little surf to it at all. That combined with a staff you can't wait to push you out the door made this a very underwelming dining experience. We did get to meet the master Morimoto himself which was certainly a treat but not worth the $100 PP tab you'll pay for the honor.
Posted by Phil on 04/13/2006
Had an amazing omakase meal at Morimoto. Every dish was incredible, including a "surf and turf" with Wagyu beef and snapper, a foie gras chawan mushi and several variations of toro. Couldn't agree less with the previous post - by about halfway through the meal my g-friend and I were getting very full and by the end I was ready to explode. For a special occasion, there are few if any better places in the city.
Posted by PMF on 04/09/2006
It just shows how tastes differ. We loved the Omakase, thinking it was very well balanced not too much food and not too little and everything in it was excellent. Our reference to what is "great" include dining at the original downtown Nobu, Jewel Bako and BondSt. Fish is first rate but can't say it was anything we have not had at the others listed. The best Sakes are VERY expensive but excellent. We were seated within 10 minutes of our reservation at the requested Sushi Bar. We will go back. There is no question you pay a premium here but it ranks amongst the best in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/05/2006
My boyfriend and I tried this place last week and found the service to be pretty disapointing. For $400+ dinner, they should be a lot more attentive! plus the portions were TINY and did not add up to a full meal.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/23/2006
Stunning scenery aside, this Saturday night at Morimoto was one of disappointment. Our reservations were delayed by at least a half hour. During which time, we ordered some drinks that must have been made with only water and lime juice. On to the table, where with the exception of the overpriced appetizers, the food was equally as careless as the drinks. Everyone had to send their lobster back because it was overcooked and/or non-existent in the dish they ordered. The cod was tasty, but tiny. They gave us a free bottle of sake but the bill was still very high for the quality of food. Wouldn't recommend it.