Do I need a reservation at Masa?

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Plan to call Masa in advance for any meal there; the restaurant requires reservations. With only 26 seats in the restaurant, it’s highly unlikely you’d be able to walk in and grab a table anyway. Obviously, it’s a question of supply and demand at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant in New York’s Columbus Circle. You can call the upscale sushi restaurant for reservations on Monday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Masa does not accept reservations through OpenTable. One thing you should keep in mind:

The restaurant takes cancellations and party reductions very seriously — charging you $200 per person if you don’t give at least 48 hours’ notice. You’ll need to give a valid credit card to make a reservation. If you have five or more people in your party, you’ll be required to pay a 50 percent deposit before your scheduled outing at this Manhattan restaurant.

If you’ve got a hankering for some of chef Masa Takayama’s famous toro and rice balls, you can also head to Bar Masa, a more casual sushi restaurant and cocktail spot across from Masa on the same floor of the Time Warner Center. Bar Masa accepts walk-ins for lunch and dinner and has a less expensive à la carte menu.

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