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Masa, the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant located in Manhattan’s Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, doesn’t have a bar; and, accordingly, it doesn’t have a bar menu. The upscale sushi restaurant has just 26 seats and only accepts reservations for lunch and dinner, which can last up to three hours.
But, if you want to nibble on sushi or sip a cocktail, head next door to Bar Masa, a more causal sushi restaurant from the same chef-owner, Masa Takayama. Bar Masa offers a range of bento boxes for lunch, such as hibachi chicken, soy tuna steak and assorted sashimi, that come with soup, salad and rice. For dinner, you can choose from several salads, soups, hibachi plates, rice, sushi rolls and grilled veggie selections, such as Maitake mushrooms with summer truffles or Nasu eggplant with miso. You can also order sushi from the à la carte menu for $6 to $28 a piece. This New York restaurant is open Monday to Saturday from noon to 11 p.m.