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- Morimoto New YorkAug 23, 2013
The food was spectacular, great service and good aesthetic.
Tadao Ando's first New York commission is a restaurant at the east end of the Chelsea Market for Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Entry is underneath the High Line, through a gentle arch partially filled with traditional Japanese noren and framed by horizontal blackened steel siding. Surprisingly this zen-like facade gives the restaurant a strong presence on the busy street.
Inside, one confronts an elegant and light-filled space set off by a wall of 17,000 illuminated plastic bottles, a row of ornamental concrete columns, and a fabric ceiling that recalls the raking of Japanese rock gardens. The two-story restaurant has a dining room upstairs, with a bar and lounge downstairs. Ando's signature concrete is present, though not the most overwhelming material, played down in favor of a diverse palette that takes New York City restaurant design to the next level.
- Morimoto New YorkApr 10, 2013
If food is like sex, then eating at Morimoto would be like going to an upscale strip club, finding one of the hottest strippers you've ever seen in your life named Raspberry, taking her home and having some of the most incredible sex ever (in positions you never knew existed) but also having some awkward moments when you're like mehhh, and at the point where you're on the edge of orgasm, she stops you suddenly and says: "I ain't a ho! I'm going home!" And as she walks out, she takes $178.43 out of your wallet and slams the door.
Yeah that pretty much sums it up.
Morimoto is one of the coolest looking restaurants I've ever been to -- the exterior is a huge arc-shaped entryway with bright red curtains that just scream out: "I'm the Iron Chef, bitch!" Walking into it, you see a huge wall made of glass bottles that are lit in way where you feel like you're in a P. Diddy music video. Even the bathrooms were awesome -- if you go, you gotta check out the stalls. Morimoto definitely had the best of the best design this place.
The food all looked incredible and most of it really was. I went with a friend and we shared an 8-course Omakase tasting dinner and also ordered the "Duck, Duck, Duck" entree, the Morimoto Sashimi platter, and a Soft-shell Crab Roll. The Omakase included: (1) Toro tartare, (2) Yellowtail carpaccio, (3) Sushi platter (5 different kinds of sushi), (4) Oyster w/ foie gras & uni, (5) Lightly-seared salmon salad, (6) Lobster, (7) Wagyu kobe beef slices, & (8) some muffin-like dessert with some fruit sorbet. Of all of these, my favorite was definitely the seared salmon. Probably the best piece of raw salmon I've ever had. Everything else was great, but there were a few misses in there.
The sashimi platter is awesome. 5 different types of sashimi stacked on top of each other and cut like sushi rolls, so you eat all 5 types of fish in each bite. They also give you 4 different eye droppers with different sauces that you can dip your sashimi into. Really awesome idea, really damn good sashimi. The soft-shell crab roll was incredible as well.
Now we all know Morimoto is fat. And now I know why: the "Duck, Duck, Duck". This entree is one of the most delicious and, at the same time, life-threatening dishes I've ever had. It's basically a plate of: (1) roasted duck confit, (2) a duck egg sunny-side up, and (3) a huge croissant filled with roasted duck, cucumbers, foie gras spread, and plum sauce. This duck croissant sandwich was INCREDIBLE, but the butter and fat fill up your mouth like you're eating Gushers. I was torn with a mixed emotion of gastrorgasmic joy and sadness that I'm going to leave the restaurant with man boobs.
Anyways, Morimoto is amazing with their appearance, plating (you'll see some of the coolest plating ever, especially with the toro tartare and the Morimoto sashimi platter), and service. Most of the sushi was great, but definitely not the best I've ever had -- which is a little disappointing because this was definitely pretty expensive sushi.
I left the restaurant with the feeling that I had an awesome experience, with some incredible highlights, but never really achieving that state of "Wow". And at the moment when you're almost at that point, the waiter brings you the check. Our bill came out to $178.43 per person after tip. You know it's not a great sign when you start making justifications like: "Meh, I'm only in NYC so often" or "Oh, you only live once." I wish I had said: "Only $178.43?! That was so worth it!" But I didn't.
As I slowly walked away from the restaurant, I could hear a faint sound of Iron Chef Morimoto himself saying: "I ain't a ho!"
- Morimoto New YorkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness Travelers+ 5Jul 05, 2012
Just OK, which with prices like these, is actually not ok at all.
Fans say the sushi here is spectacular, but I just cannot concur and I thought the sushi at Morimoto earned an "eh" at best.
- Morimoto New YorkJul 05, 2012
This restaurant combines the elements of nature into its architecture, water/fire/wood. Top rated restaurant with top quality food engineered by Iron Chef Morimoto. You have to check out the bar downstairs and the bathroom, amazing! My faves were the Toro Tartare dish and the White Lily cocktail, all other dishes were neat to try as well - very innovative to say the least.
- Morimoto New York
- Morimoto New YorkJul 04, 2012
Another great place for awesome sushi in NYC! I was loving the Salmon sushi plate, although I've seen many other great combinations that I would have been interested in. The restaurant is located in a fancy building, which also is a reason for attracting many people to come over and check the place.