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  • Masa

  • Japanese/Sushi $450 prix-fixe
  • 10 Columbus Cir.
    New York, NY 10019
  • Neighborhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone: 212-823-9800
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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 event—well 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.

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  • Hours

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

  • Prices

    $450 prix-fixe

  • Payment

    American Express MasterCard Visa

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  • Alcohol

    Sake and Soju Full Bar

  • Reservations


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