Matsugen (Reported Closed)

(212) 925-0202

241 Church St, New York, NY | Directions   10013

40.717478 -74.005944

Open Hours

DINNER Tue-Wed: 5:30pm-11:00pm Thu�Sat: 5:30pm-12:00am Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

 
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More Tags: Celeb Hangout, Family Style Dining, Late Night Dining, People Watching

Cuisine: Chinese

Payment Methods: American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Neighborhoods: Tribeca, Downtown

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From The Owners of Matsugen

The failed Franco-Chinois venture of Jean-Georges Vongerichten has morphed into a Japanese noodle temple, proving that the fringes of…

Reviews for Matsugen

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

AMAZING SUSHI – This restaurant is great- I tried their cod (melted in my mouth) and soba. The best thing on the menu is sushi/sashimi it is so fresh that it seems to melt in your mouth like butter! SOOOOOO GOOD! I cannot wait to go back there again!!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Bad soba, not for people who know Japanese food – Matsugen was formerly "66" restaurant, another Jean-Georges attempt at upscale Asian cuisine. I ate here for restaurant week dinner and it was nearly empty - I guess everyone else already knew what I was about to find out. Let me preface this with I've been to Japan and am very familiar with its cuisine, my date is Japanese and lived in Tokyo for 20 years.

I do admit that some of the items were rather good such as the soft tofu appetizer, tempura and the miso cod - but no one goes here for this, its about the soba right? (more about that later) The tuna sushi and seaweed salad were ok, but nothing special. The green tea pudding dessert was also OK but it had more of a liquid consistency closer to a thick soup.

On the other hand the edamame was covered in too much pepper which made it unusual and nearly too spicy to enjoy. The attractive teapot holding the green tea hid a tea bag of questionable quality which produced green colored water with no flavor. At first I thought it had not been steeped long enough, but it did not improve with time. The worst green tea I have ever been served.

My primary issue with the food was with the soba, which is supposed to be the specialty and the main reason for going here. The hot soba with duck was just fair, much better can be had many other places. The cold soba tasted raw enough in the middle that we both thought they made a mistake in preparing it. After sending it back for another bowl which was the same, we pushed it aside and left it uneaten. We asked the waiter, when we could find him later, about this and he said many people like this style. After explaining that we are familiar with soba and Japanese cuisine he conceded that this was more of a Korean style preparation. If I wanted Korean style noodles I would have gone to K-town and not searched out a Japanese Soba restaurant.

Basically, Matsugen failed to deliver soba to justify its claim as an upscale soba specialty restaurant or warrant its prices, and overall its just not that great of a Japanese restaurant. I cannot think of a reason to recommend Matsugen considering the better alternatives at more reasonable prices.

Also, if you dined at "66" the décor is EXACTLY the same down to the tables, chairs and fish tank, the only thing that changed is the banners above the sushi bar and the menu.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

terrible service and mediocre food, not worth the price – the service was awful: despite a computerized system, the host failed to register that we arrived until we had to remind them after 30 min; our sake flights took at least 30 min to arrive; another couple also had problems with their orders (e.g. soup didn't arrive, etc).... the soba is good but not great. there are excellent small japanese restaurants specializing in soba around st. marks square for the same price range, with service 10x better. on a positive note, we did receive a complimentary dessert b/c of complaints about the service and miscommunication between wait staff/kitchen/bar. but the service just left a bitter after taste

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Best Authentic Japanese *** 3 - Stars *** – If you are looking for tasty Authentic Japanese food, this is exactly the place to be. Jean-George created a fabulous Japanese restaurant in the former 66 house. The food was amazing, The service was incredible. It is worth every penny.

Recommended dishes:

Shrimp Cake App.

Waygu Beef Grill

Duck Hot Soba

Recommends
over a year ago

Editorial Review – In the sleek space once housed by 66, Jean-Georges opens a noodle-centric spot in Tribeca.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

A Great Restaurant with Ambiance – Do not miss this wonderful restaurant with very a very unusual and outstanding array of flavors! The ambiance is sensational, and the service couldn't have been better. DO NOT MISS THIS RESTAURANT WHILE IN NEW YORK!

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Very chic, good food, limited menu – Nice restaurant, I liked the decor a lot. I know its a special menu but it could use a little bit more variety I felt, or have some daily specials. The service was great, however just the hostess and the server. The food runner or expediter person was pretty rude to my friend and it was his birthday so that was a little bit of a damper. I got the Peking Duck and it was good, not amazing or very different but good. The Mojitos are recommended, and my friends enjoyed the Shrimp Dumplings a lot too.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Food – This place is great, surely among my 66 all time favorites. Jean Georges has truly outdone himself on this one: the drinks are masterful and the entrees tickle the pallet.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

HATERS CAN GO AND EAT CHICKEN BROCCOLI!!! – Was very surprized to see so many bad reviews...

In my opinion every restaurant has food that certain people will LOVE or HATE. I was lucky LOVER :) don't hate people, I had those AMAZING GINGER MARGARITAS, absolutely awesome two flavored shrimp (I don't know what they put in it, but you don't want the flavor to leave your mouth!!!). Server was very nice, even though I have to admit that she was dissappearing for quite a while from time to time. The atmosphere was very calm, quite and nice, we were sat in front of aquaruim, and you can see kitchen staff cooking your meal behind the glass :)

I was too full for desert (we've had 4 appetizers and 2 entrees for two), but deffinately next time!!!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

AVOID this overhyped place. – Quite possibly one of the most overhyped restaurants I have ever been to. The decor is OK in some places but it depends largely on where you sit, overall it is not that great and people in search of ambiance could easily find much nicer or more trendy places.

The food is on par with the WORST take out chinese I have had from a shopping mall food court. Combine that with the price of being about 3x more expensive than the exception Chinese food that is a few blocks over and I have no idea why anyone would go to 66. I would have sent back every course I ordered to the kitchen if I could find the waiter, which brings me to the service.

The service is largely absent, except to drop the food on the table and then disappear again for 30 minutes at a time. My food jumped off the plate because it was dropped so hard on the table, which in retrospect, I wish it jumped off the plate and onto the floor so I didn't have to eat it.

Overall, obviously I would say to avoid 66 at all costs, unless you want some of the worst food and service you can get so you can feel better about going to McDonald's. Maybe the drinks are good? I would have tried them if I could find my waiter but glad that I didn't waste any more money here.

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