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88 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
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...........
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.
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 daryasaze on 3/29/2007
i would class this restaurant for those who only want to experience eclectic dining, nothing more. the waiters are average, definitely more attention is necessary to individuals which they fail to provide. the decor is too futuristic and too pretentious. if you like super popular places which have only been made popular by the media and the hype around the chefs, this is your place for the night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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