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Masa

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Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Cir., 4th fl., New York, NY 10019 40.767708 -73.982284
nr. Eighth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-823-9800 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
  • Price Range: $$$$

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  • Critics' Rating: *****

    Key to Prices and ratings

    Upscale
    • Almost Perfect
    • Exceptional
    • Generally Excellent
    • Very Good
    • Good
    Cheap Eats
    • Best in Category
    • Excellent
    • Delicious
    • Very Good
    • Noteworthy
    • Very Expensive
    • Expensive
    • Moderate
    • Cheap
  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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    6 Reviews | Write a Review

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Official Website

masanyc.com

Hours

Mon, 6pm-9:30pm; Tue-Fri, noon-1pm and 6pm-9:30pm; Sat, 6pm-9:30pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

1, A, B, C, D at 59th St.-Columbus Circle

Prices

$450 prix-fixe

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Celeb-Spotting
  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Special Occasion

Alcohol

  • Sake and Soju
  • Full Bar

Reservations

Required

Profile

Masa Takayama, the illustrious sushi god from L.A., came to New York with a uniquely Japanese, if slightly insane proposition: that a meal of the highest quality is worth almost any price. It turns out he’s right, but only under the most specific Rashomon-like conditions. Whatever you do, sit at the bar of this quirky, lavishly overpriced little restaurant (not at the dinky, dimly lit tables), preferably in front of Masa himself (not one of his acolytes). The ensuing spectacle, complete with risotto folded with uni and truffles, Kobe-beef sukiyaki, and slabs of foie gras cooked in a little shabu-shabu pot, is part nourishment, part entertainment, and part ancient performance art. It’s not just a meal, it’s an eventwell worth the $450 cost of a single omakase dinner (before the sakes are factored in), and as different from the average dining experience as a TV rerun is from a first-rate Broadway show.

Note

Reservations are taken the first week of the month for the following month onlythe only seats that matter are those at the bar in front of the chef. The dinner tasting menu costs a minimum of $400 per person and does not include tax, tip, or drinks. Or you can try Bar Masa next door, which has a no-reservation policy and far gentler pricing.

Recommended Dishes

Prix-fixe, $450.

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