Masa

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Details
10 Columbus Circle (at W 60th St)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 823-9800
Japanese, Sushi
$ $ $ $
Hours
Mon–Thu: 11:30 AM–10:00 PM Fri: 11:30 AM–11:00 PM Sat: 12:30 PM–11:00 PM Sun: 2:00 PM–10:00 PM

Former New York Times critic Sam Sifton took Masa down to three stars from the four given to it by his predecessor, apparently in part because they made him wait outside when he showed up early, didn't explain all the dishes, and didn’t pay him much attention after dessert. That doesn't seem to have discouraged the high-rollers who crowd the sushi bar or — losing some of the immediacy of the experience — sit at one of the small tables. Masa's toro-stuffed maki rolls have been known to inspire lip-twitching and eye-rolling, and the toro with beluga caviar seems almost worth the price of admission. And what a price that is: The swanky Time Warner Center setting and elaborate omakase-only menu is accompanied by a high bar for entry. At $450 per person before tip or beverages, you're looking at a bill that can easily total more than $1,200 for two.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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  • Sit at the counter of The Master
  • Expensive but is most amazing gastronomic experience in New York. Recomendado a que vengan si estn en La Gran Manzana.
  • Minimal decor showcases the bright flavors and impeccable quality of Chef Takayama's sushi offerings. Be warned, the space is small; only 16 seats at tables, plus 10 more at the bar to watch him work.
  • Unique et magique. Le grand savoir-faire japonais pour une cuisine blouissante.
  • Better sushi than in Tokyopricy, but good. Anthony Bourdain.
  • The 27 course menu is a journey. White truffle sushi will make you cry a little. It's pretty expensive, but worth every penny.
  • sushi the price. At $450 per person before tip.
  • Well deserving of its three Michelin stars, you'll be hard-pressed to find any sushi that can top Masa's. While it's extremely expensive, you're paying for an unforgettable culinary journey.
  • More of a fun FYI than a tip: The surface of the sushi bar itself costs $60,000. Worth attending just to check that out.
  • After eating at Sukiyabashi Jiro, Sushi Mizutani, and Sushi Yoshitake, Nobu Malibu and a few other well known places in Japan, Masa is still my favorite sushi restaurant in New York
  • This is a fantastic sushi bar.. In the Timewarner bldg.. the Bar tender is crazy.. the food is amazing.. just a fantastic selection .. 4 stars for me
  • This is one of those places that if you can go, GO! Try to get a seat at the bar. WARNING: You will probably never be able to enjoy sushi quite the same way after experiencing Masa!
  • The black truffle ice cream may change your life. For the better.
  • Surrender your wallet to Bar Masa and order your favorites from the $400 prix-fixe omakase a la carte. Favorites include duck tacos, torchon of Kobe beef with foie gras and scallop-shrimp ceviche.
  • Great watercress salad, lovely sushi. Good service at the bar.
  • The famed sea urchin risotto, Ohmi beef w/t ruffles, & toro caviar are even better than they sound. Sushi is sublime. Green Guide Editor
  • Takayama prepares each perfect bite-size gift, then places it in front of you on a round slate; you almost eat out of his hands, and the sushi seems to melt in your mouth.
  • Three Michelin stars.
  • Safe room for the cocoa sesame ice cream or splurge on the truffle version
  • Best green tea mille crepe cake ever!!!!