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88 Tenth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 16th St.
it can be alittle expensive, but worth it!!
By derekzoolander on 1/23/2007
nobu is overrated! Masa is too expensive!! out with the old in with the new. MORIMOTO, is my new hot pick for japanese fusion. if its your first time, i highly recommend the morimoto omakase with a great bottle of sake. Other dishes that are my favorite are: Braised Black Cod, Toro Scallion Roll, Uni Sushi, and green apple sorbet.
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.
I'd go back, but...
By eothdl on 5/7/2007
would not order the Omakase. Omakase was good, but didn't challenge me as I'd hoped it would. Two of the courses were too salty (kobe beef and sashimi w/ a sauce that I can't recall.) The seared scallop was amazing. Lobster was good, but the seasonings might as well have been Old Bay. I like Old Bay, but if I'm going to pay $120 for a tasting I want flavors that don't remind me of the grocery store. The sake we tried was the best I've ever had. I think it was the house junmai. If I go back, I would order from the menu. I could have put together a more varied and challenging dinner from the menu and probably not paid as much. Our waiter was perfect. The most exciting thing, and I don't know what this says about the restaurant, were the toilets. Automated seat covers, bidet with pressure and direction control, heated seats, and much more. After a two hour dinner, the toilet made the biggest impression.
By jbremner on 5/9/2007
I have been twice now and the food and service have been truly outstanding. The omakase is brilliantly innovative and the environment superb. I cannot recommend it highly enough, but whatever you do, do not expect it to be inexpensive.
One of my favs!
By Mushy32 on 5/9/2007
I LOVE this place. The food is delicious and very fresh. Everything on the menu is great, but the King Crab Legs and Crispy Shrimp are some of my favorites. The Tuna Tartar is yummy and also fun to eat. The drinks are good and the atmosphere is great. I've been three times and always offer this as an option to my out of town guests. Love it, love it, love it!
A Little Less-i-moto
By martin_chamois on 5/15/2007
Morimoto was a clear winner in 2006. The question is does it have legs to remain a top place. Based upon a recent vist, the jury is out. The decor remains cool and outstanding, and the menu invites one to expect an outstanding Japanese fusion meal. Unfortunately the food is hit or miss - not consitently poor, good, very good or excellent. Service was very good - although the front desk has a real attitide conveying that the customers should be pdelighted to have the good fortune of being able to dine in this shrine of hippness. Unfortuately the tourists and BAT crowd has now claimed Morimoto as their own and that may quickly make it Less-i-moto. Attention to details is lacking and the warning signs are out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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