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Hell's Kitchen
0.6 miles from The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Reviewed January 10, 2020

We were coming to this restaurant for ages, having every single time an incomparable experience. This last time the service was not even close of it used to be, we were rushed to order, eat and leave, the quality of the food was not the...same. It tasted like very standard, not even close to the previous experiences. Please guys do not let this place go down......please come back to your original standardsMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 4, 2020 via mobile

The toro was fresh, but you would think for $68 for a minuscule portion you could at least get a presentation that didn’t involve a plate with left over glue from a prior sticker. The white truffle ice cream was good as well (although not...amazing), but again for $65 you would expect a bit more effort put on the presentation. Overall really expensive and disappointing. We had lunch for 3 people *without alcohol* for $625 ($525 before tip) and none of the dishes “wowed” us. The uni mushroom risotto was good. All in all it could have been a nice lunch for $300 or they could have at least put a little bit more effort into making it special. I think it’s resting on its laurels a bit. The poor presentation is really no excuse. Not coming back.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed October 23, 2019

Bar Masa is the little brother of the nearby, three Michelin star restaurant Masa. The sushi is excellent. However, I ate only vegan food whilst my carnivorous friends ate real sushi and Kobe beef. We were all happy with our food. Warning, Bar Masa may...be Masa's little brother, but it prices are certainly not little. Bring your AMEX card. You'll need it!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 17, 2019

If you like Japanese food and minimalist, sleek Asian decor and dishware (designed by the owner),Bar Masa is for you. The food and service are excellent. The price, while pricey, is not out of line for the quality. Bar Masa while elegant, is still relaxed...in terms of attire. The location next to Columbus Circle is great for anyone going shopping, museum hopping or going for a stroll in Central Park.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 20, 2019

Bar Masa is the casual offshoot of 3 Michelin star Masa, next door, often described as the most expensive restaurant in the US. So, we were ready to pocket out "beaucoup d'argent" for our lunch there on a quiet July Thursday (only one other couple...was present during the lunch). However, the lunch itself and a few questionable practices on the part of Masa felt like a major disappointment, if not a turndown. First, the restaurant's website advertises "Omakase tasting served with miso soup and kale salad", with seasonal nigiri sushi selection priced at $56 and seasonal sashimi selection at $76. Nonexistent. Instead they got sushi or sashimi tasting, with neither miso nor kale salad. The prices are equally higher, in reality vs website. The sushi tasting small is $60-plus and the "large" version is $115 or so. So, we ordered 2 large sushi tasting. Wasn't an omakase, but rather a shmomokase, just a plate featuring 2 kinds of rolls (6 pcs) and 13 pcs of sushi (nigiri). Wait! How 13 nigiris can be divided by 2, to constitute 1 portion? Each person gets, what, 6.5 pieces of sushi? To add insult on injury, the server inquired if we wanted a freshly grated wasabi. Sure enough, it resulted in extra $20 on the bill. Should have been disclosed, and then we still would have ordered 1 freshly grated and 1 regular to compare the experiences. Michelin Guide habitually deducts stars from restaurants deemed overpriced. Masa is an epitome of this shameful practice. A Chef Tasting Menu is Per Se next door is priced at $355 pp for a truly unforgettable gastro journey. $405 for a few pcs of sushi is as bad as it gets. Was the quality of the product served better than a sushi lunch served everywhere in NYC for $30? It was, somewhat. Wasn't better that much. Spend your money elsewhere for a comparable experience.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 8, 2019 via mobile

Lunch omakase was 7/8 bland and uninspired and 1/8 disgusting. Despite only one other table being seated, servers never asked how our meal was. Beef/foie gras bento box was passable (foie delicious, beef flavorless). My lunch companion and I both agreed we would have had...much more enjoyment literally lighting the 200$ cost of our alcohol-free lunch on fire and watching it burn then consuming the overpriced trash that was what bar masa puts out as their Chef’s choice experience.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 20, 2019

When I was here, Chef Masayoshi Takayama was doing a small Omakase of the most simple and at the same time best nigiri you'll ever taste. I'll understand that Masa now has three Michelin stars so I doubt that he are doing these small tasting...services at the bar himself anymore, but even this simple dish deserved three Michelin stars. Every simple ingredient could be tasted and at the same time it all came together in one perfect harmony. Pure perfection.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed April 23, 2019

Bar Masa is a bit pricey but quality food and a great atmosphere. If you are looking to have a power lunch in Manhattan then consider Bar Masa.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed April 15, 2019

We have eaten at Masa and Bar Masa. This is the cleanest, best Japanese food you will ever eat. The baked uni is absolutely, outrageously delicious. I could eat that everyday for the rest of my life. We had a wide variety off the menu...and the other couple that we were with had never had sushi and didn't think they would like it. Now they love it but it will never taste like it does at Bar Masa. Also, I was in love with the bamboo sake cups.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

Just when you think you know good sushi, Bar Masa comes along and shows you a whole new level. The rice is creamy, almost like risotto. The style here is to age the fish a bit, an effect analagous to dry-aging meat. It intensifies the...flavor and firms the texture. Before the sushi, we ordered and shared a variety of hot and cold small plates. Some were excellent, like the seared beef tataki. Some were good, like the duck with foie gras fried rice. Service was attentive, helpful, and friendly. Yes, you walk through a shopping mall to get there. So what? I can think of some very fine restaurants in some pretty ugly neighborhoods — Peter Luger and LeCoucou come to mind.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Bar Masa is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5