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Masa, a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant located on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center in New York’s Columbus Circle, doesn’t offer any special outside views — the restaurant doesn’t have any windows in its dining room. Instead, you get to see an up-close-and-personal view of the chefs preparing your food while you sit at the sushi bar.
Masa evokes a minimalist elegance, with seats for just 26 people, sparse decoration and a traditional Japanese style. Tables are set only with chopsticks and napkins, and an oversized clay pot filled with cherry blossom branches presents the sole decoration. The sushi bar’s lights make the smooth hinoki wood bar top radiate almost white, while the rest of the space tends to be darker. The New York restaurant honors table placement requests, so we suggest you ask for one of the 10 oversized leather chairs at the sushi bar to get the full Masa experience.