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Masa embraces the traditional Japanese principle of shibui — a simple, sleek elegance that eliminates unnecessary elements. With that in mind, you won’t hear any music playing at the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant. Instead, the quiet sounds of the sushi chefs preparing your meal and diners chatting only add to the sensory experience that is a meal at this sushi hot spot. The noise level skews to the quiet side, with only 26 seats in the restaurant, 10 of which sidle up to the sushi bar. You won’t have any problem hearing whomever you are dining with, and it’s not an uncomfortable quiet, as the noise level fits the New York restaurant’s minimalist Japanese vibe.