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Posted by scott on 09/10/2008
amazing. plain and simple. morimoto is the real deal, so is his restaurant.
Posted by benito kamelo on 08/05/2008
I had some out-of-town friends visiting NYC and for their last night they wanted to have sushi. I ate there once a year ago and the experience was good. The second visit however left me with a bitter taste and dissapointment about the restaurant. To start the waitress did not akcnoledge us at all and we had to wait at least 15 minutes to be greeted, she was not knowleageable about the menu at all. The food took forever to arrive and even some unexpected dishes that we did not order which we had to send back. The sushi was plain and unflavorful, very badly presented. Our overall experience was terrible and I had to apologize to my friends for all the praises I had about this restaurant in the first place. For the price of their menu the service should be no less than impecable, and the attitude of the staff should be kept in their locker rooms with the rest of their personal belongings.
Posted by elena on 06/22/2008
We came here for dinner on a Wed night. My friend and I decided to order a bunch of appetizers, to try as many dishes as we could. Everything we got was amazing!!! To start, we had a foie gras dish that was out of this world. It was like a mousse, very light and yummy. We also had toro tartare (sublime!), hamachi pastrami (terrific!), tuna pizza, spicy yellowtail roll (super fresh-not spicy though), and salmon ravioli (exceptional). We even had room for dessert-warm chocolate cake and yogurt panna cotta. The panna cotta was good though as flavors go, yogurt may not be the best choice for this dish. They make great drinks, too! The servers were friendly and nice, not the least bit pretentious. This meal, including tip and service, cost us $230. We'll definitely be back!
Posted by Alissa on 05/11/2008
Outstanding!! This place is exceptional in the city of a thousand japanese restaurants. Yes, the prices are high, but well worth it if you've got a taste for the good life. We ordered different appetizers and sushi- the spicy crab is a $23 appetizer, but was surprisingly large and very yummy! Even the calamari salad was superb-juicy and tender! Service was great as well. I was not impressed with the dessert, a choco-hazelnut cake, but the dinner itself made up for it. Will definitely return!
Posted by WONDERFUL! on 02/15/2008
It couldn't have been more perfect...except that they ran out of birthday candles so i didnt get one. Any way, we had the omakase and it was VERY good. The hazelnut morimoto beer is to die for. I had a great time and the people serving us was so great! I would totally come back here. Also, we ran into morimoto outside while he was taking a smoke so we were able to take a pic with him. he's a very sweet man :)
Posted by James on 02/05/2008
I went here for lunch during restaurant week expecting a good meal in a chic atmosphere considering this restaurant is located in the uber-hip meatpacking district, and probably packed every night of the week, I didn't assume that the prix-fixe menu options would offer any type of actual value, but I still figured for $24, you couldn't go wrong. Happily, the meal was stupendous from beginning to end, way better than I figured possible (and I'm a huge Morimoto fan from Iron Chef), and I plan on going back to try the tasting menu. The meal started out with a flavorful miso soup accompanied by a very fresh, lightly-dressed salad, offering a refreshing departure from the cheap-tasting salads all too common in New York, soaked in dressing and full of cheap, crunchy lettuce. As a main course, the option was a sushi platter, cod, or chicken, each of which costed more than the entire 3-course prix-fixe on the regular menu. I figured since I had never been there before, and it was, afterall, a Morimoto restaurant, I'd be a fool not to try the sushi. And boy am I glad I did...it was hands down the best sushi I've ever had...soft, sticky rice, amazingly fresh fish that melted in your mouth and smelled of the ocean, and freshly-grated wasabi (which I've never had), which offered a whole new flavor dimension (it's bright, peppery flavor was so much more subtle than the aggressively-mustardy stuff you find in stores). There was also quite an impressive array of different fish, all of which was extremely fresh, and enough to fill me up (which is hard to do with sushi). Another thing I loved about the restaurant was the architects' ability to an intimate dining experience in such a massive, luxurious space, by using hanging ceiling cloth and glass to break up the roomyou only see the silhouettes of other diners, but feel as though you're in your own space (at least where we were sitting). To top it all off, although the place was totally full, the waiter was very nice and attentivemy water glass was never empty. Even the restrooms offered an experience worth going back for (those who have been know what I'm referring to). All in all, a fantastic experience that I want to relive asap!
Posted by Brisket on 02/05/2008
Let's get the upfront disclosures: Second visit. It was on a Monday night (never great for a fish place). I was modestly unimpressed the first time, but when Craftsteak was holding a private party my wife and I bounced across the street to revisit Morimoto. It was a poor choice. Sashimi: $35 bucks and simply not memorable. Generous pieces of Hamachi and Maguro coupled with Salmon and Octopus beautifully presented, but innocuous. Tuna Tartare: Beautiful presentation with hip accoutrement and a range of dips and mix-ins but ulimately unsatisfying. Simply didn't taste very good. Waiter then reccomends Pork Gyoza and Tuna Teriyaki mixed at table. Gyoza was interesting, unusual and a bit buttery because of the "foam" it came in. Tuna was hardly better than you could make after a quick visit to Whole foods to get the most basic of ingredients. Wine was reasonably priced by glass. The 22 0z beer (morimoto soba) was just ok and cost $19. Here's the problem. It's not close to as good as Nobu. It can't touch Nobu and it's more expensive. $120 for the prix fixe (careful this isn't per se here). The service was friendly enough, but it took 15 minutes to get our check (yes we were sitting in a corner of the sushi bar but if a restaurants is $150 a person there can be no excuses). Finally, Morimoto has a beautiful space. But it's so self-consciously groovy with the perfunctory house music, and bennetton ads of hostesss. I just think it misses. It kind of makes me think of NY at its worst.