Are there places to sit while we wait for a table at Masa?

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Try not to show up early for your reservation at Masa, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant in New York’s Columbus Circle, since it only has only 26 seats and no bar or lounge to sit at while you wait. Masa honors your reservation at the time of your arrival and beverages can be enjoyed during your meal — you don’t need to come early to sip a cocktail before your appointed time. The dining experience lasts two to three hours, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy 26 courses as well as cocktails, wine or sake.

If you’re early or just in the neighborhood, we suggest you head to Bar Masa, the more casual sushi restaurant next door, to have a drink before dinner. Bar Masa is open Monday to Saturday from noon to 11 p.m., so you can also hit the bar after you’re done with dinner if you need more time to sit and digest, or want to make the most of that hole in your wallet.

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