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morimoto or wd-50 ?

Hi Folks,

I was to WD-50 several years ago and loved it.
But I have not bees in some time.

I have never been to Morimoto.

I'm going with a couple of friends for a special dinner, and all involved would enjoy either cuisine.

Assuming we go with omakase (morimoto) or tasting menu (wd-50), which would you regard as the winning experience?

pauli.

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WD-50
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

Morimoto
88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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  1. morimoto is to my mind very over rated. i had omakase there once (~2 years ago) and was sorely disappointed. it wasn't even as good as nobu or megu, which i don't think are good money for value to begin with.

    wd-50, on the other hand, is very nice and interesting.

    1. I've been to Morimoto twice in the past year, and enjoyed both the omakase and ordering a la carte. We sat at the sushi bar both times. Beautiful restaurant, and the coolest restrooms anywhere!

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      Morimoto
      88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: ellenost

        that might be important; we didn't sit at the sushi bar. maybe it's our mistake.

      2. I'd go with WD-50 over Morimoto any day of the week. Both style are way different, and if your friends are real foodies they'll enjoy WD-50. Oh yeah, go for the tasting menu, for sure!

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        WD-50
        50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

        Morimoto
        88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        1. Basically I want to go to the one that's "at the top of their game."

          My concern at Morimoto is that since he's a star and has several restaurants, the experience would be a pale pale comparison to being a judge on the original all-japanese Iron Chef, of which I was such a fan.

          But WD-50 has been around a while, so I was curious if maybe they were being outshone by the newer restaurant.

          Anyhow, as a group of 4, I don't want to sit at the sushi bar. And if I have to carefully navigate some in-the-know gotchas to get the good experience, well these days that sort of thing is rubbing me the wrong way. I currently favor places where every guest is important.

          So far sounds like WD-50 is in the lead, but keep it coming....

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          WD-50
          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          Morimoto
          88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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          1. re: pauliface

            I haven't been to Morimoto, but as far as WD-50 goes, it ranks as one of the most pleasurable dining experiences of my lifeā€”even moreso than Per Se, which was also wonderful.

            Wylie is still very involved and in the kitchen most nights, so if you actually care about having the namesake chef oversee your food, WD-50 beats Morimoto hands down. Alex Stupak, WD-50's famed pastry chef, recently left but I really doubt the dessert quality has suffered.

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            Per Se
            10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

            WD-50
            50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

            Morimoto
            88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

            1. re: loratliff

              Thanks. Sounds like WD-50 has not faded, then. Nice to know.

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              WD-50
              50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          2. Save your money and don't go to Morimoto. Sat with the head sushi chef, let him do his thing, and frankly, it was fair at best. And VERY VERY expensive to boot.Try Sushi Yasuda instead. Half the price and incredible food!!

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            Sushi Yasuda
            204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

            Morimoto
            88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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            1. re: sockster

              Thanks. Tried Yasuda once long ago (lunchtime) and was unimpressed, I have to say.

              My favorite NYC japanese are Omen, Sugiyama, and Blue Ribbon Sushi. And En Japanese Brasserie gets honorable mention (food is not as good except for the fresh tofu, but the overall experience is always just so nice...)

              But for this occasion I want to go somewhere that my friend the birthday boy has not ever been to....

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              En Japanese Brasserie
              435 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014

              Sugiyama
              251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

              Blue Ribbon Sushi
              119 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: pauliface

                Unimpressed by Yasuda? Hmmmm. Well what can I say? The #1 sushi restaurant in NY....Try Maialino.

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                Maialino
                2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

                1. re: sockster

                  I must qualify my Yasuda statement.
                  It was lunchtime. We sat at a table and did not order omakase, just a couple plates of sushi. Perhaps there were some set courses?
                  So I'm sure we did not see their best.
                  And yet, in a really good place, even a preset plate brought to a table should make one want to return, no?

                  1. re: sockster

                    I do not like the attitude of the management at Yasuda, and Yasuda himself was known as an "eel man" in Japan, not a sushi chef. The eel at Yasuda is good. In general I avoid Yasuda , and go directly to 15 East or Kanoyana.. however, I will be trying the new Niko tomorrow, i hope it's good a Yasuda chef is there. I also heard Yasuda left or is leaving Yasuda.. En Brasserie can be excellent, they have many good dishes there.

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                    15 East
                    15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                2. re: sockster

                  Well, one doesn't really go to Morimoto for the sushi - go for the prepared dishes, and maybe throw in a small sushi / sashimi mid-course during your meal. The sushi is serviceable, decent quality if a touch overpriced I agree, but it's certainly not their calling card.

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                  Morimoto
                  88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011