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88 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
By chewbacca on 2/4/2009
We had a wonderful experience, food was absolutely delicious, service was excellent, but dinner for two cost around $800.00.
By Gizmo2 on 10/11/2008
My date and I had cocktails and several small plates in the lounge on the lower level, and it was a wonderful, romantic evening. The service was amazing and helpful - each plate was gorgeous and completely delicious. The Beef Carpaccio and Oyster Foie Gras were outstanding. For dessert, the Caramel Cinnamon Chiboust was not only beautiful and delightful to taste, but such an unexpected and enjoyable combination of textures and flavors.
Sushi... I didn't get to see it
By fronfin on 5/6/2008
I might have been very unlucky, but my experience at Morimoto is one that I wouldn't recommend. After waiting 40 minutes for our table - regardeless of the reservation - I have to say the appetizers were good. But we made the mistake of ordering the chefs' sushi, and nobody showed up for half an hour. After we inquired what was going on the waiter apologized and said it was going to be 10 minutes more (!). After another half hour we decided to go. They had at least the decency of not charging us.
By hoshea on 4/30/2008
This place was excellent. The food was extravigant, and the service was delightful.
Not Special Enough
By jiva332000 on 3/20/2008
Never have I eaten an expensive restaurant meal so utterly lacking in grace. The music was blaring so loudly that the diners could not hear the servers and vice versa. So they were obviously unable to provide much information or to get a sense of our happiness with the meal or any requests we had. Nor did they seem to care particularly about our experience or have respect for their diners. Food was a little oversauced and underwhelming, but was fresh and interesting. Totally miserable experience though. More like a meal delivery service in a night club than an upscale restaurant. Not special in the least considering the price.
best raw fish in the city
By theblackhole88 on 2/19/2008
Morimoto was great. Other than the fact that he was accually there cutting our fish. It is the BEST raw fish i have had in the city. If you like raw fish get the sashimi combo. The fish just melts with freshness, you dont even need to use your teeth :) The cooked foods are also great. take a good look at the appitizer menu. the decor has a certain ambiance of class and the bar downstairs and the bathroom continues the brilliant decor. Ive been there multiple times, and it is always the choice when i want freshness.
I'll take my cash elsewhere
By themicah on 8/6/2007
We had great sushi and interesting appetizers. I also enjoyed the foodÂ’s presentation. But I was otherwise unimpressed. Our waitress wasnÂ’t very knowledgeable (couldnÂ’t tell us much about the oysters and didnÂ’t know how big the sake bottles were). The guys who brought out the food also had a hard time explaining what was what--when our sushi arrived, the server twice changed his mind about which was snapper and which was mackerel, eventually grabbing the platter off the table and holding it up to a light to see better. I loved the water bottle wall in the middle of Morimoto. But the facility seems neglected. White walls are scuffed. Glass and Lucite surfaces are scratched. It looks more like a well-worn nightclub than a high-end eatery. Finally, both my yellowtail rice bowl and one companion's Kobe steak were oversauced. The sauce was delicious, but drowned out the flavors of the fish and beef. All in all, I wouldn't say Morimoto's bad, but the total experience drags down the food. At this price point, I expect more than just above-average food in a pseudo-nightclub atmosphere.
By NYlife on 7/27/2007
Unless you're famous expect to be rushed . Entree was served while we were half way through the salad. Noticed that all in our row of tables were treated the same way. From the minute we arrived, it was just too affected. Shouldn;t we all be way past that ? I confirmed our reservation beforehand but when we arrived, it disappeared somehow.The blackened cod was delicious but the plating was comical. A typical huge white plate with lots of negative space surrounding the food. The cod was a nice size but the 4 black beans served with it certainly filled me up ! I have the utmost of respect for Mr. Morimoto but he should know how his diners are treated.
By alm001 on 7/25/2007
I dined here on 7/21/07 and the meal was superb. My husband and I had the Morimoto sashimi, surf and turf, and seafood toban yaki. I was pleasantly surprised by everything. The sashimi appetizer comes with a variety of sauces that enhance and add a twist to the flavor of the fish. The kobe in the surf & turf was seared to perfection and encrusted with spices. The highlight of the meal for me was the toban yaki, which was like a Japanese version of a bouillabaisse, with lobster, crab, clams, and mussel in a rich, decadent red miso soup. I highly recommend it, as an entree or share it with someone as an appetizer. The restaurant was beautiful, and the staff was knowledgeable and friendly.
A Great Evening
By mpn767 on 6/19/2007
When we arrived we were overwhelmed by how beautiful the space was. All of the details from the chopsticks and the glassware were so thoughtful. I had the cod with the soy ginger glaze and it was fantastic. It was so tender it just fell apart. I also had the yellowtail roll, softshell crab roll and the shrimp tempura roll. The tempura was so crunchy, not like anything I've had before. The yellowtail was too salty and we sent it back and the staff was so gracious, absolutely no attitude. Chef Morimoto himself was there and he greeted us and took pictures. The staff was incredible the food was beautiful, it was a great evening.
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