10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY | Directions 1002340.768611 -73.982049
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
not recommended – Went last night with friends for my bday. tempura was soft & oily, fried rice was too salty, i didn't see any corn on my uni/corn risotto. too expensive for subpar food. wish we should have went to the japanese restaurant in the corner. never come back again! very disappointed.
Great casual spot. – Went here about a week ago and had a great time. It was a Friday night around 7pm and we were seated immediately--next to Lance Armstrong and his rather loud group of friends who spent most of the night checking their blackberries. Overall, The food was delicious and the drinks were above average. The beef was incredibly tender, the foie gras sauteed to perfection and the sushi rolls were HUGE. With about 5 dishes ordered and drinks, the bill came to just under $200.
I'll definitely be back very soon.
quality – Have to make up for past reviews & complaints that sushi was too small. It's supposed to be small, not so big you can't eat it with one bite. It's also wonderful here at Bar Masa: fresh, expertly cut fish, perfect, delicate rice. Combining truffles, sushi and caviar, if not groundbreaking, is still heavenly and ingenious. Everything we had did not disappoint from the cocktails, to the sushi canape appetizer, to sushi a la carte (toro is excellent), entrees (the cod rivals nobu's, the uni truffle risotto is to die for) & dessert. the green tea layered crepe cake is phenomenal. Don't come in expecting an out of this world experience like you would at Masa. It is just straight up good food from the people next door who bring you the best and most expensive sushi in the city, a bit simplified, restrained, and less costly. Just a bit.
The pieces of sushi were about a quarter of the size of other sushi places, and priced about 4 times as much. The bar area was really cool, but the drinks were also ridiculously overpriced. The sushi tasting was almost $70, and a glass of wine runs about $20 per glass. PLUS, I left hungry. I'll never come back here again.
Impressed! – The fish is from the same kitchen as Masa's proper. Bartender Katie made the BEST manhattans ever. Food was extremely high quality. Can't wait to try their sushi/sashimi tasting!!
Fabulous Bartender – I went here after work on a Thursday to meet some friends for drinks and had a fabulous time! Mike V is the best bartender ever. The drinks at Bar Masa rank among the creative cocktails of Milk and Honey and Angel's Share. We grabbed seats at the bar and watched as Mike made some amazing drinks, including those listed on the menu as well as new creations, all using the fresh ingredients displayed on the bar.
Uni Risotto Was Out Of This World – The uni risotto with black truffles was probably the single most delicious dish I can ever recall eating. For any fans of uni, it is definitely a must try and worth a visit just to try this incredible creation. The lobster risotto is also excellent.
The green tea cake was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. Rich green tea custard between crepe like cake layers. It was absolutely phenomenal.
Bar Masa's sushi is overall excellent though did not stand out when compared to other high end sushi restaurants in NYC. Bar Masa's cooked dishes are what makes this restaurant stand out from the crowd of high end sushi restaurants in NYC.
Not worth it at all! – For all of the great reviews Bar Masa was not worth it at all. The sushi pieces were small & everything was completly overpriced. There are so many great sushi places in the City - go there. Additionally, I was there for my birthday and they did nothing to make it special.
All I remember is the cocktail! – The sushi and sashimi at Bar Masa is very fresh and tasty -- the toro sashimi melts in your mouth and they have some fun fusion sushi creations that are worth a try. The green tea crepe for dessert was decadent. But watch out for the Yuzu Martini! It is delicious, but was WAY potent and both my friend and I felt like we had had 5 martinis after just one, I almost felt like I had been drugged after, so beware, it's a serious drink! Go for a cocktail and to share a couple plates but be prepared -- even for a little treat, it's quite expensive for what you get.
Masa's more affordable offshoot does sister restaurant offers the same fish for less. – The Scene
The long, slender room is split length-wise, with banquette-backed tables hidden behind Japanese linen curtains on the left, and a svelte, polished wood bar spanning to the right. Servers are warm and very attentive, gladly describing dishes and offering smart menu suggestions.
Owned and overseen by Masa Takayama, whose famously expensive sushi bar next door keeps the food world aflutter, this, his more casual, drop-in, and comparably less expensive offshoot, still sets the bar pretty high. Smart diners will begin with a few pieces of sashimi, as the fish here is some of the most pristine and fresh in the city. Menu items are familiar, yet many, like yakisoba with Kobe-style beef, feature high-end ingredients (and price tags). The tempura is light and excellent, and other small dishes--including squid jerky and chicken skewers--are affordable and fun for sharing.
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