- Cuisines: Asian, Japanese
NileGuide Expert tip:
If you're intimidated by the strict reservations policy or the $400 price tag for dinner (not inc. tax, tip, or drinks), try the more reasonable Bar Masa and its no-reservations policy next door.
- Masa is a dining experience truly (truly, truly) like none other. There are no windows. There is no menu. You sit down at one of 10 seats at the sushi bar (if you're lucky), or at one of only 16 other seats in the whole rest of the restaurant. You order a specialty cocktail made with top-shelf ingredients (including house-infused vodkas). Then Chef Masa Takayama, just inches away, goes to work on a three-hour multicourse meal of the most mouthwateringly, heart-meltingly amazing sushi most human beings will ever consume. Meals are fixed-price in nature, and the price is generally staggering, so each and every diner is very much at the mercy of Chef Masa. But the fact that Masa is one of a microscopic few non-French establishments to be awarded The New York Times' coveted 4-star honors is evidence that being at the chef's mercy might not be so bad. A step into Bar Masa next door is also worthwhile.
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