Bar Masa

(212) 823-9800 | View Website

10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY | Directions   10023

40.768611 -73.982049

Open Hours

Mon-Sat 12pm-11pm

 
Restaurants, Sushi, Japanese  more

Price: $$$$

Tags: Business Dining, Date Spot, Dine At The Bar, Family Style Dining, Prix Fixe Menu

Payment Methods: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

General Info: Open 7 Days

Neighborhoods: Clinton, Midtown

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Bar Masa

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Recommends

The less-expensive Bar Masa is for people who want to eat Masa's sushi but can't afford the price of Masa. The experience is very different, but very fine in its own right. Still, it feels like dating Khloe Kardashian.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

not recommended – Went last night with friends for my bday. tempura was soft & oily, fried rice was too salty, i didn't see any corn on my uni/corn risotto. too expensive for subpar food. wish we should have went to the japanese restaurant in the corner. never come back again! very disappointed.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great casual spot. – Went here about a week ago and had a great time. It was a Friday night around 7pm and we were seated immediately--next to Lance Armstrong and his rather loud group of friends who spent most of the night checking their blackberries. Overall, The food was delicious and the drinks were above average. The beef was incredibly tender, the foie gras sauteed to perfection and the sushi rolls were HUGE. With about 5 dishes ordered and drinks, the bill came to just under $200.

I'll definitely be back very soon.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

quality – Have to make up for past reviews & complaints that sushi was too small. It's supposed to be small, not so big you can't eat it with one bite. It's also wonderful here at Bar Masa: fresh, expertly cut fish, perfect, delicate rice. Combining truffles, sushi and caviar, if not groundbreaking, is still heavenly and ingenious. Everything we had did not disappoint from the cocktails, to the sushi canape appetizer, to sushi a la carte (toro is excellent), entrees (the cod rivals nobu's, the uni truffle risotto is to die for) & dessert. the green tea layered crepe cake is phenomenal. Don't come in expecting an out of this world experience like you would at Masa. It is just straight up good food from the people next door who bring you the best and most expensive sushi in the city, a bit simplified, restrained, and less costly. Just a bit.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

The pieces of sushi were about a quarter of the size of other sushi places, and priced about 4 times as much. The bar area was really cool, but the drinks were also ridiculously overpriced. The sushi tasting was almost $70, and a glass of wine runs about $20 per glass. PLUS, I left hungry. I'll never come back here again.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Impressed! – The fish is from the same kitchen as Masa's proper. Bartender Katie made the BEST manhattans ever. Food was extremely high quality. Can't wait to try their sushi/sashimi tasting!!

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Fabulous Bartender – I went here after work on a Thursday to meet some friends for drinks and had a fabulous time! Mike V is the best bartender ever. The drinks at Bar Masa rank among the creative cocktails of Milk and Honey and Angel's Share. We grabbed seats at the bar and watched as Mike made some amazing drinks, including those listed on the menu as well as new creations, all using the fresh ingredients displayed on the bar.

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Uni Risotto Was Out Of This World – The uni risotto with black truffles was probably the single most delicious dish I can ever recall eating. For any fans of uni, it is definitely a must try and worth a visit just to try this incredible creation. The lobster risotto is also excellent.

The green tea cake was one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. Rich green tea custard between crepe like cake layers. It was absolutely phenomenal.

Bar Masa's sushi is overall excellent though did not stand out when compared to other high end sushi restaurants in NYC. Bar Masa's cooked dishes are what makes this restaurant stand out from the crowd of high end sushi restaurants in NYC.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Not worth it at all! – For all of the great reviews Bar Masa was not worth it at all. The sushi pieces were small & everything was completly overpriced. There are so many great sushi places in the City - go there. Additionally, I was there for my birthday and they did nothing to make it special.

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

All I remember is the cocktail! – The sushi and sashimi at Bar Masa is very fresh and tasty -- the toro sashimi melts in your mouth and they have some fun fusion sushi creations that are worth a try. The green tea crepe for dessert was decadent. But watch out for the Yuzu Martini! It is delicious, but was WAY potent and both my friend and I felt like we had had 5 martinis after just one, I almost felt like I had been drugged after, so beware, it's a serious drink! Go for a cocktail and to share a couple plates but be prepared -- even for a little treat, it's quite expensive for what you get.

Recommends
over a year ago

Masa's more affordable offshoot does sister restaurant offers the same fish for less. – The Scene
The long, slender room is split length-wise, with banquette-backed tables hidden behind Japanese linen curtains on the left, and a svelte, polished wood bar spanning to the right. Servers are warm and very attentive, gladly describing dishes and offering smart menu suggestions.

The Food
Owned and overseen by Masa Takayama, whose famously expensive sushi bar next door keeps the food world aflutter, this, his more casual, drop-in, and comparably less expensive offshoot, still sets the bar pretty high. Smart diners will begin with a few pieces of sashimi, as the fish here is some of the most pristine and fresh in the city. Menu items are familiar, yet many, like yakisoba with Kobe-style beef, feature high-end ingredients (and price tags). The tempura is light and excellent, and other small dishes--including squid jerky and chicken skewers--are affordable and fun for sharing.

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