Morimoto any good?
I have to say I did really enjoy Morimoto on my few visits there. I only had sashimi however. The entrees are really $ and I don't think it's worth the money. The sashimi I found to be just great but as someone pointed out you can get just as good sashimi elsewhere, per say Sushi Yasuda.
What I found to be good at Morimoto aside from the quality and freshness of the sashimi was the selection. Since it is such a big spectacular place they have more of a selection of fish then smaller just as good establishments. When I was there I had fugu among other hard to find items.
I would say if your into sashimi/ nigiri it's worth it to go once for the whole experience. It's a place to go with friends, get cocktails, have a night out.
For a smaller, more intimate, quiet, less hoop-la event try other reliable places. I still stand by Sushi Yasuda!
I absolutely loved Morimoto- the dinner was fantastic from start to finnish- we booked a table for 7:30 (but could only get there at 8:00) and we were seated 5 minutes after getting a drink at the bar. The servers were extremely knowlegeable about the menu... definately try the tuna pizza and the fritters (I think they were lobster) also the calamari salad was simple and delicious. We had the sea bass and the salmon dish which was excellent! all in all- fantastic dinner and I'm sure you will enjoy a lot!
i actually like morimoto, but i think you need to know what to order. I think you need to stick with the appetizers, i generally think thats the case at any of these fusion trendy places, i think morimoto's is the only fusion trendy place i ever go to without being dragged to (generally i loathe "fusion asian" b/c all that usually means is that its toned down americanized versions of the dishes that are presented nicely in a trendy atmosphere and are usually way overpriced)
sushi / sashmi - i'd generally avoid as its just decent nothing special (any of the great sushi restaurants in the city can give you substantially better sushi for the same price)
main courses - i'd also generally stay away with the exception of the rib eye, which is quite tasty
- tuna pizza - tasty, its on a flat crispy bread type thing with pieces of tuna and some type of vegetable which is escaping my mind right now, drizzled with a semi creamy sauce
- rock shrimp tempura - these are pretty good, one in a spicy chili sauce and the other in a wasabi sauce
- kobe and lamb carpaccio - i like both of these
- spicy king crab leg - the meat has been cooked and is covered in a spicy mayo sauce, these are good
this is usually what i get and i round it out with something else like the rib eye or something if there are more people.
my husband and I were in NYC early this month. Dinner at Morimoto is high on our list of things to do. We had a great dinning experience. The omakase was 8 courses. Spectacular, original, delicious, great presentation and filling. The aged 6 years sake is very good. I like the entrance with the flying red banners on that windy evening and thought the automatic glass doors showcase the front of the restaurant very well. Best toilet seats I have ever sat on in any high end restaurants. The hollogram view of season changing maple leafs tree in each stall is breadthtaking. The water closet door is neither push or pull, it slides. Had our pictures taken with Morimoto. I am looking forward to go back again. oh, service is excellent. Staff is very friendly and funny.
For me, the omakase was a bit wasted because there were too many courses of the same flavoring: ginger with scallion and sweetish soysauce. Gets old for my Asian palate. I agree the tuna pizza was good, though. There are obviously other dishes that are good, too. I just can't afford to go back for a while.
It is a great space to eat in, though, the design by Ando is quite soothing and comfortable.