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“Fantastic in every way - even if you regularly do fine dining, you will be impressed.”
Review of Sushi Masa

Sushi Masa
Ranked #6,169 of 14,216 Restaurants in New York City
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Reviewed 4 February 2012

Unless if you hate or are allergic to particular ingredients, you'll likely be impressed. Even if you're not typically into particular fish, Masa might change your mind!

The first half of the dinner is prepared/cooked food, which is executed extremely well. Standouts are the blowfish prepared several ways and an optional course of kobe beef topped with truffle shavings - if you don't mind the ~$90 supplement, get it! It was melt-in-your-mouth tender and amazingly flavorful. The second half of the dinner is sushi that comes one piece at a time, prepared and then immediately passed to you while the rice is still slightly warm - the way perfect sushi is supposed to be. The texture, temperature, freshness, and flavor of the fish and rice are right on. None of the fish-falling-off-the-rice, rice crumbling and falling in chunks business that can happen at other places.

Masa is on the pricey side, with sake pairings dinner for me and a friend came out to about $800 per person, but it was worth it! Even if it's a once in a lifetime experience, if you like Japanese food, you have to go at least once!

Reservations are necessary!

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Reviewed 15 January 2012

My wife and I love japanese cuisine. We've been to several japanese restaurants around the world, though we have never visited Japan. I suppose most of them have become a bit westernized to cusomize to local clients.
Many restaurants we've been had excellent cuisine, including some in New York City. But MASA seemed to us to suit many of our expectations of how a top restaurant in Japan must be.
Silence is something the Asian culture praises. Tea rooms, tea ceremony in Japan, budhism and many of japanese behaviour is filled with it. Silence is not a lack of something, it is a value.
With it, elegance, subtlety and respect are needed in the relationship with the other person.
Surely enough, quality is the third ingredient for the recipe of a successful location.
Masa had all of it.
As we arrive, we are asked to turn off our mobile phones. Everything in the restaurant inspires peace, silence, confort in a deep way. Waiters, aids, everyone is very polite and delicate. We asked for the menu, we had many exceptional dishes, which were very delicate and carefully prepared. There was the option of a Kobe beef and the maitre suggested us to order just one portion, because it would be enough to taste and the added bill would not be too hard. The sushi chef was silent, courteous, preparing everything next to us. In the end, everyone bid farewell in such a friendly way that we felt sorry for leaving. The bill was high, but, for once in someone's life, it was well worth every cent.

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2  Thank carlosmp
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Reviewed 24 August 2009

This was a HUGE treat we gave ourselves in August of 2008. And I do mean HUGE, as at Masa you must be prepared for the heart attack at the end of the meal-- the bill. The dinner was a prix fixe menu which ran $350 per person. But after at least several carafes of different premium sakes, and an added $100 Ohmi Wagyu beef side (great, but overkill), we were well into the stratosphere-- THE most expensive meal I have ever had, or even heard of. Was it worth it? You bet. The decor at Masa is simple, understated and serene. The whole of the experience unlike any other I can recall. Your dedicated chef stands across from you throughout the meal at a startlingly beautiful blond wooden sushi bar. The counter is a chunk of gorgeous raw wood freshly sanded by the staff after every meal. Each of the 5 or 6 appetizers are made from scratch in front of you, and each is an amazingly pure taste explosion. A few that I wrote down: Toro Tartar with Caviar, an incredible GIANT Japanese Rock Oyster with Ponzu sauce, baby Abalone with Sea Urchin, and Truffle Tempura with Parsley and Lotus Flower. Each appetizer was a small work of art. Next comes at least 20 pieces of sushi. Sliced and hand-formed sushi is assembled by the chef in front of you-- Masa himself made the sushi for the group next to us. They hand you each piece individually-- no serving plates. From their hand to yours, each piece of fish comes. You are expected to eat each piece straight-away. I ate at least four or five fish I had never heard of previously, and least 3 types of tuna, sea bass, snapper, etc. that were infinitely finer than any I have ever had before. Flown in from Japan daily. Perfection. While I haven't yet been to Japan, truly this is fish taken to a new level, with a stunning freshness and presentation unique in my many years of eating sushi. I would honestly say that Masa nearly ruined my love of eating sushi for six months after this meal. It was that incredible. Would I eat here again? Well, perhaps not in belt-tightening 2009. But in crisis-free 2010? Put me down for another mind-altering meal at Masa.

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5  Thank terraplaned
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Reviewed 1 March 2008

Prix fixe costs $350 excluding tax, tips, and beverage. The bill can exceeding $1,000 for two people. The sushi has bluefin tuna, endangered species.

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Reviewed 17 May 2017
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