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Masago -- S. Broad St. in Ridgewood

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  • ELA May 8, 2011 02:58 PM
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Excellent! Went there last night. Party of 10. Everyone had sushi, and plenty of it.

This is a small BYO place on S. Broad Street, just a few stores down from the liquor store (perfectly convenient, LOL).

Went there recently with a large party -- part of 10. Everyone, and I mean everyone enjoyed everything. The sushi was fresh, flavorful, tasty and was "all that" and more. Highlights -- Angry Dragon Roll. Get it! Snow White Roll -- Get it! The former is a shrimp tempura based roll but add spicy tuna (inside) and topped with King Crab! Sweet! The latter, also shrimp tempura, but this one with a citrus sauce, an eel-type sauce, and also white tuna and white tuna tempura. Nice! M16 Roll -- smoked salmon, eel, avocado, and more. Very good. We also had sashimi, about 8 or so different pieces, all very good.

The service was excellent. We used a ton of glasses -- for different wines, sake, water and so on. However, of course a party of 10 is never an easy service -- someone always needs something. But they did a great job. The waitress made recommendations on sushi, sashimi, different rolls, quantity, everything -- and it was perfect because nothing was left over and everyone was satisfied.

Perhaps most important -- I don't know the details, but this place runs a special all week long. I think it's Mon. to Fri., 30% off, and Sat. and Sun. it's 50% off. Again, check it out yourself as I don't know the details, but I am not far off. Both specials are CASH ONLY! I don't remember if it's sushi/sashimi only or the entire menu.

Check it out. I liked this place, a lot.

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  1. Is this the place with the "all you can eat" sushi?

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    1. re: menton1

      No, that's Sushi X around the corner. Sushi X is good for an AYCE. I liked it and would go back for what it is.

      But Masago is clearly in a different league.

    2. I haven't found that this place is very good at all. The rolls are all covered in mayo or some sweet concoction, and the fish underneath does not taste all that good. Tastes old at times.

      I should note that I've never eaten at the restaurant (do take out), but we actually threw the majority of the food away the last time. It was horrible. 30% off during the week and 50% off on weekends may seem like a great value, but if the food is horrible then it's obviously not worth it.

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      1. re: tommy

        I am surprised to hear that. I loved this place. Yes, I hate the concoctions that are Americanized with mayo, etc. and would never think to order stuff like that; it seems made to cater to a populist palate. The rolls on the menu look good and interesting and I consider ordering them until I read the ingredients; then I am turned off. I order the simplest things, uni, white tuna all of which were delicious. Generally speaking, I don't like any foods doused with a heavy coating of sauce, especially mayo, so I would not think to order raw fish coated with stuff like that. And, I would not be surprised if items jumbled together in a roll were not the freshest since the subtlety of the fish can be covered up with all that garbage (not that any place should serve old fish, mind you). What I can say is that the simpler things that I have ordered have been fresh and fabulous and you cannot, I repeat CANNOT beat the cash only prices on the weekends. On the down side, it is a very small, noisy, and busy place. Best to go after 8pm on a weekend or make reservations if you have a larger party (larger than 4 that is).

        1. re: pizolski

          " Yes, I hate the concoctions that are Americanized with mayo, etc. and would never think to order stuff like that"

          Agreed.

          "The rolls on the menu look good and interesting and I consider ordering them until I read the ingredients; then I am turned off."

          Agreed.

          "Generally speaking, I don't like any foods doused with a heavy coating of sauce, especially mayo, so I would not think to order raw fish coated with stuff like that."

          Agreed again.

          "And, I would not be surprised if items jumbled together in a roll were not the freshest since the subtlety of the fish can be covered up with all that garbage"

          I would be very surprised, if it's a good restaurant.

          1. re: tommy

            You are right. A good restaurant would not do that. I don't doubt your experience. It has not been mine but I don't order the rolls.

            1. re: pizolski

              I'm actually going to give them one more try, this time with straight sushi/sashimi. Although, I've already ordered sushi/sashimi from them multiple times, and have not been impressed. One final try, because quite frankly paying 13 bucks for a mess of sushi/sashimi is very tempting, even if it's not Nobu-level.

              1. re: tommy

                boy would I love a Nobu level restaurant in town. You and I have had an ongoing discussion about Mekong grill, too. I hated it.
                Any way, have you tried Pearl yet? It's supposed to be good. A differente menu every day or week or something.

                1. re: pizolski

                  I liked my one visit to Pearl very much. I like the concept. I like the people. I hope they pull it off and wish them great success. The veal chop was outstanding.

                  1. re: tommy

                    Suburbanmama has a $40 for $20 coupon this morning for Pearl...i checked out the website and was annoyed by the lack of ANY pertinent information (including menu, times, etc)...Why do restaurants do this??? Anyways, i know i'm totally hijacking this thread, but can you give a brief write up before i say yes to the deal? I'll post the same question on the main NJ board as well so as not to hijack this any further

          2. re: pizolski

            Agreed. At certain places I've tried some of the so-called special, fancy rolls -- and yes, sometimes they are just "too much" so to speak. At Masago, I've tried some of those rolls which weren't drowning in mayo/sauce -- and I like them. I like some of the rolls that have good cominations of fish, ingredients, etc. Too much, no, but like everyone -- some I like, some I don't. I've sometimes asked for rolls with sauce "on the side" so to speak.

            Some of the sauces are very good, but I have seen rolls that were drowing in some of those mayo-based sauces. That I don't like.

            Fresh and fabulous -- yes, I agree.