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Dining at Masa doesn’t come cheap: The pre-set 26 courses cost $450 to $600 per person depending on the season, before tax, tip and beverages. If you get the $450 menu, expect to pay about $600 per person without any alcohol.
But for that price you get a dinner loaded with luxury ingredients such as caviar, toro and creamy rice dressed with white winter truffles. In fact, if at the end of 26 dishes you’d like to try a course again, you can ask the chef for more — we indulged in additional servings of toro during our meal at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant.
Dinner begins with a mix of five hot and cold starters such as a seaweed, cucumber and clam salad, toro tartare topped with caviar, and a pike eel hot pot in a rich sauce served with bread. You’ll then savor sushi courses that feature a range of 15 to 20 types of fresh seafood flown in daily from Japan and other parts of the world. Options include tuna, sea bream, squid and sea urchin. Lastly, you’ll cap off your experience with a refreshing grapefruit granite and a digestion-aiding buckwheat tea. What more could you ask for? But remember, you can ask for more if you want.
If you don’t want to drop more than $1,000 on a dinner for two, try some of chef Masa Takayama’s famous sushi at the more casual and less expensive Bar Masa, also located on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center. This luxury New York restaurant serves beverages, lunch and dinner and has an à la carte menu that won’t break the bank. Either way, you can’t go wrong.