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88 10th Ave., nr. W. 16th St. (Chelsea)
New York, NY
(1) 212-989-8883 | www.morimotonyc.com
HOURSMon.-Wed.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-11:00pm; Thurs.-Fri.: 12:00pm-2:30pm, 5:30pm-12:00am; Sat.: 5:30pm-12:00am; Sun.: 5:30pm-10:00pm
BEST FORLunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE; SUSHI/SASHIMI COMBO; OMAKASE)USD 10-34; USD 27-80; USD 40-170; USD 125
FAMOUS PLATESOmakase; toro tartare; oyster foie gras; spicy king crab; seafood toban yaki
DRINKS AND WINESpecialty cocktails; sake; award-winning wine list
# OF SEATS200
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METRO14th St.-8th Ave. (A, C, E, L)
Drama abounds in this chic Japanese restaurant, and not only because the Iron Chef himself–Masaharu Morimoto–runs the kitchen. Once you make your way past the huge curtains and into the modern two-story space, expect to be wowed by an installation of 17,000 illuminated water bottles, the open kitchen, and the showy sushi preparations of the master and his chefs. Be it the world famous sashimi or innovative oyster foie gras, the plates dazzle with color, flavor, and presentation. If you’ve got time (and money to burn), splurge on the omakase because, let’s be honest, an Iron Chef rarely disappoints.
Iron Chef fans and foodies, big spenders, hot dates, and a range of night-on-the-town groups and couples.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Casual yet on-trend chic; go with a dark, flattering tunic or dress, leggings, boots, and a cool statement necklace.
GO HERE WITH
A group of friends; clients or colleagues; significant other; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
The design-conscious space is almost as alluring as the food itself. (Make an effort to check out the downstairs bathrooms, which are worthy of a billionaire’s penthouse: heated seats and jaw-dropping mirrors, need we say more?) We first fell in love with the omakase menu in Philadelphia, and our love affair has continued here in New York.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
If you aren’t a model or a celebrity, the staff can be a bit difficult about seating. There are many less desirable tables, as well as plenty of good ones: stand your ground about being seated where you want (after all, the meal isn’t any cheaper in the back corner). Particularly try to steer clear of the dark lounge area downstairs, and the large table for communal seating (be explicit when making your reservation if you don’t want to sit here, or else you may have no choice). There are two smaller rooms at the front of the restaurant that grant more privacy, but it’s probably not worth being separated from the main dining room.
GOOD TO KNOW
Masaharu Morimoto is an Iron Chef who deserves the title–everything about this venue is awe-inspiring. The downstairs bar is open until 1:00am on Fridays and Saturdays and offers sushi and a limited menu.
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