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88 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
Took 3 people for my Son's B'day this past Friday
By wmw322 on 7/30/2012
Not one to suffer sticker shock, but I surely did when I was presented with the $878.78 (b4 tip) bill for 4 persons. Okay, we did have drinks & the tasting menu, but common, does excessive ring a bell? The food was just okay. I was not wowed by the presentation & sadly the flavors escaped me on the whole. Honestly, my man walked out feeling hungry, & well, you know that's never a good thing. They were very attentive & sensitive to one of my guests who had been to this location a few weeks back & were certain she had a different tasting menu experience, VERY, VERY NICE INDEED! I have visited this restaurant a few times before & truly enjoyed the vibe & food, not so much on this visit. I've never been impressed with the "who's my actual server" style of table service. I don't care for the bar being downstairs. There was no crowd at all & Mori was not in house. I missed that atmosphere a lot. Front desk reception was ice cold upon entry as was their total lack of acknowledging us as we left. When I spend money with you, it's nice to be bid a good evening, doncha think? I mean if you're gonna be in the hospitality biz & @ the front desk, don't look at your feet as if we are not right in front of you!For G*dsake be hospitable. Is that too much to ask? Going forward, based on this experience, NO MORE TASTING MENUS! Sorry to say, The food was not worth the price of admission.
Disappointed, ripped off
By irenelo on 8/3/2011
I come here for good food - so let's not focus on the service and decor for now. We ordered the $120 omakase dinner for both of us. There were 5 appetizer courses and 1 main course, 1 dessert course. The sushi appetizer was disappointed - 6 types of sushi, none is outstanding, and ika was not fresh (chewy). Oyster fois was excellent thou. Main course - surf & turf, beef was overseasoned. Sweet potato fries was soggy. Lobster was ok, but doesnt match w/ the lemon foam. Dessert - tofu cheesecake with shortbread and red bean pastry puff on side - I think I can make a better one than that. Overall - this is a good meal, but good is not good enough for Morimoto and the price of $120. I have a "ripped off" feeling walking out the restaurant after dinner... I saw the tables around me ordering from the a la carte menu and those looks better - maybe i'll try the a la carte menu next time.
maybe not traditional but an amazing experience to a jaded Manhattanite
By maximilianmaurice on 4/21/2011
but an amazing dinner experience to a jaded Manhattanite
By norikogirl on 6/22/2010
I was in town visiting and a friend, who lives across the street from Morimoto, she recommended we eat sushi for dinner. We are from Japan so, if anyone knows good fish, it's us. We were quite pleased with this restaurant. The atmosphere was chic however the service could have been more warm but we think this is part of the whole "manhattan" vibe trying to be cold but cool. This was a good experience, if you are from a state or country that does not have access to fresh fish, you will like this place.
Sushi with a side of Milan
By Vittoria on 12/30/2009
After strolling through Chelsea Market, my sister and I were craving sushi and decided to head over to the infamous Morimoto's for lunch. Upon arriving we stared in awe at the decor from outside, and after stepping through the glass doors were immediately seated by the hostess. I had heard that the service at Morimoto's was awful. However, much to my surprise our waiter Milan, a dashing Frenchman, was charming, funny, and very knowledgeable about the menu items. We ordered mixed green salads and a $35 platter of the chef's choice of 10 pieces of sushi and 6 pieces of sashimi. All was very fresh and delicious. On another note, the bathroom was extraordinary. Very futuristic and modern, particularly the part my sister dubbed the "turbo toilet."
By truurbanite on 6/1/2009
On a long weekend trip to NY with the wife our last dining stop was Morimoto. Undoubtedly the food was very fresh but we both found the food and service to be underwhelming overall. Nothing was awful about the food as much as it was just mundane. After experiencing sushi at places like SEI in Washington, DC one tends to look for sushi to go beyond the typical format and deliver something a little more creative. While my wifeÂ’s sea bass was light and tender it was bland more than anything. If youÂ’re looking for an earth shattering dining experience this isnÂ’t your place. Conversely, if your palate has limited exposure youÂ’ll probably be wooed. The most stimulating part of our dining experience was the dÃ©cor. Go for drinks if anything...........
Awesome every time
By hoopster on 3/6/2009
I have been to Morimoto three times and the food has been awesome every time. Service is great, attentive but not rushed, and atmosphere very cheerful. We went there for dinner on a New Year's Eve and Mr. Morimoto was there himself with an apron on! Many restaurants of this price range serve miniscule portions. Not here.
Domo arigato, Mr. Morimoto!
By EurasianMinx on 3/5/2009
Don't be fooled by the unassuming exterior - Morimoto is beyond amazing! The food is stellar (best sushi I've had in a long time; the kappa rolls had the perfect amount of wasabi INSIDE them) - my guest had a near-orgasm when he tasted the 10-hour pork kakuni. The setting was very innovative and delightful, the service was warm and attentive, and we had a very nice view of the (open) kitchen from where we were seated. I would definitely recommend Morimoto and definitely plan on returning.
Was Not Impressed
By goldfish827 on 3/4/2009
I went to Morimoto's with my boyfriend for my birthday and I was not impressed. The downstairs bar was wonderful and I could have ate dinner there. Our table was squashed next to a wall and our waiter rushed our order. We had barely began one course when the next came out. He seemed annoyed by us being there and taking up his time. Unless you are a celebrity, do not expect high quality service! For the amount of money that we paid, I expected so much more.
I don't understand...
By CynicalSunshine5 on 2/27/2009
why they have tables next to a drafty fire exit. For such a nice place, it's shocking that they would seat anyone in this dingy section where, on one of the coldest nights of the year, we had to request for our coats back because we were freezing. Security kept moving in and out of the door. We all ordered soup, for obvious reasons, and found the food to be mediocre. If we do go back, we'll stick with the lounge and small plates, as sushi seems to be something they can manage to do very well.
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