Let me start by saying that I am a Morimoto fan, and have always admired his food and creativity on television. Planned a trip to the big apple with my wife and we took a couple of weeks to decide what restaurant we would eat at on Saturday night, the last night of our weekend getaway. We finally decided on Morimoto's restaurant because we both have always wanted to try his food. Made a reservation a couple of weeks in advance, and we arrived promptly to the restaraunt, only to shuffled downstairs to the bar. Over the next hour, various hostesses went downstairs looking for parties with reservations and were clearly intimidated to actually talk with the guests, but would rather talk to the head bartender to try and determine if he knew who was who. After an hour wait we were taken to our table, which might have well been a cafeteria style bench table. The tables are very, and I do mean very, close together, which makes it uncomfortable to have a nice meal, which I think should be expected at the prices they are charging. The food was good, sashimi was very fresh and our entres were good, but certainly not at the level I was expecting. Have definitely had far better fusion meals in Austin, TX for example. Overall, would say that Morimoto's is overrated. The service needs significant improvement and one would expect much higher quality service for the fine dining prices Morimoto's is charging. Food was tasty but does not overcome that extremely bad service. And, if you expect to see your waitress, good luck.
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