Morimoto New York
Morimoto New York

Morimoto New York

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.morimotonyc.com/
  • Phone: (212) 989-8883
  • Hours of Operation:
    LUNCH Monday - Friday 12:00pm - 2:30pm DINNER Sunday - Wednesday 5:30pm - 10:45pm Thursday - Saturday 5:30pm - 11:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street
  • Public Transit: A, C, E at 14th Street. L at 8th Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Morimoto New York
Morimoto is the New York City interpretation of Executive Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s namesake Philadelphia restaurant that is co-owned with restaurateur Stephen Starr. Designed by world renowned architect Tadao Ando, the restaurant’s entrance features the world’s largest Japanese Noren curtain set against a massive façade of austere steel. Inside is an extraordinary open kitchen surrounded by a 24-seat sushi bar where diners can watch Morimoto and his chefs at work. On every level of the restaurant guests enjoy the elaborate menu where East meets West. Glass partitions create a private atmosphere between tables and a wall made of 17,000 spring water bottles add a touch of New York drama to this tranquil atmosphere. Guests have the option to dine on the top floor or congregate in the lower lounge for cocktails and snacks.
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Morimoto New York reviews from OpenTable diners
520 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (311)special occasion (299)hot spot (214)romantic (155)good for groups (143)great for lunch (93)neighborhood gem (81)vibrant bar scene (71)late-night find (55)notable wine list (46)scenic view (16)great for brunch (15)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (14)Show More
  • Overpriced...mostly...but not all
    a2flyer
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Was really looking forward to dining at Morimoto. I'm sorry to write this review as the staff was pretentious and a bit snobby. The food? Well, there were a few amazing dishes. The scallops were amazing. Light and delicate. Perfectly presented. But the sashimi? Well, let's just say that a $10 piece of hamachi should be memorable with a superbly silky texture and a light hamachi taste. This was neither and was as pretentious as the wait staff. I'm thinking Morimoto has too many locations. Admittedly, a Sunday night might not have the "A" team working, but still... The wait staff managed to take all the fun out of something that should have been memorable. Too bad. I won't be returning to this or any other Morimoto location. There's better sushi for less, especially in NYC.
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  • Almost perfect
    JustFolksVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Very hot spot, but with reason: beautiful decor, great service. Food is very good, but if it got just a little better this place would be divine.
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    hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for what it is.
    Mrpmoreira
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The place is awesome, the interior design is appealing, but the food is definitely not worth the money. The sashimi might have a nice selection but it doesnt taste so mich better than many other neighborhod sushi places you can order from grubhub. They are selling a name here, not quality food.
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  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    Went to Morimoto for a special birthday. Two of us had been there before and loved the tasting dinner. Not so much this time. Food was presented beautifully but the taste just so so. Weird combos and one fish was extremely fishy tasting. The pacing of the meal was so slow we had them bring the last two courses at once. We just couldn't sit any longer. Definitely better Asian food in Manhattan
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  • What a great find
    munchie123
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We went to Morrimoto upon recommendation from a friend. The food was excellent. We had their lunch sets and the price was surprising reasonable. There were heaps to eat and we couldn't even do dessert as a result. Service was discreet and efficient. Surely will go back again if in NYC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun vibe, great food
    Sybalib
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Came here for a belated anniversary dinner as we've been meaning to try some top tier Japanese fare. The ambiance is not particularly romantic, more of a vibrant bar scene. Lots of great seating for groups - I would love to come back for a birthday. We got tucked into a corner, which would normally be great except we were right up against the outside frosted glass, and for some reason people kept stopping in the street and leaning against this glass while talking on the phone, smoking, etc. It was a bit distracting. Food was lovely, sushi was fresh and the rice well seasoned. My biggest concern was the fact that most of the ingredients looked to be imported, and a lot of the fish was not sustainable or there was no info about where things were sourced. Fun cocktail list and some nice sakes, although personally I felt they were overpriced for the quality. Service was decent, unremarkable. The ladies' stalls are an interesting visual experience, bidet included. Overall, would come back, but probably not for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jackie240
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I have eaten here many times - but they changed the menu and some of my favorite dishes were not available. The brine chicken was way too salty for me - but if you like brine - then this dish is for you. Overall, it was ok. Server was great.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food & service
    HappyEater
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I requested for a "quiet corner spot", and we were seated in between tables, everything went well until a group of three were seated next to us, and they were talking really loud, like everyone in that section can hear them. We requested to be moved somewhere, and the server was quick to change our table. Otherwise, the food is really good. We had the omakase, and it was delicious! The steak was tender and very tasty. I specially love the surf and turf! Service was excellent.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Omakase - Nobu vs. Morimoto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    I suppose most locals will think the comparison between Nobu and Morimoto isn't important, given the significant number of non chain restaurants in the city to choose from. A visitor, such as myself looks forward to visiting restaurants of famous chefs, and an iron chef in the case of Morimoto. Given my recent experience with Nobu where I've dined several times in the past few months, I must say, I left Morimoto disappointed. As the title suggests, I've ordered the Omakase at both restaurants in an attempt for them to woo me with their best. Nobu did exactly that, but I felt several of the dishes fell flat at Morimoto. The toro dish was interesting in concept and execution, but lacked any flavor or excitement that I expected from the first, and perhaps most famous dish. The fondue course (anchovies being the main flavor) was particularly disappointing. They gave you several things to dip into it such as: a cold piece of chicken, a cold piece of cubed/seared mortadella, and some uninspiring vegetables. The scallop course was cold and overcooked (frankly, I am not sure how you accomplish that, unless it sat around for a while) but had good flavor and would have been great if properly executed. One of the best two dishes were the wagyu beef/lobster combination. Surprisingly, the best thing on the plate was the pan fried potatoes, but the lobster seemed to be cooked perfectly (although I think some would feel slightly under-cooked) and the wagyu beef was a thin, flat piece of grilled steak which of course was tender. The best dish was the green tea tiramisu. I've not had a desert that good, and it was better than the desert at Nobu. The topping was light and fluffy, and the bottom layer was rich and delicious. I would probably go to Morimoto for just that desert. The service was great although there was a desire to upsell you on the already $135 omakase which was a bit annoying. Getting reservations at Nobu is tough, but seemingly easy at Morimoto
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    good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great culinary time
    edandtp
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    The food is somptuous there. Each dish comes in a very nice presentation and tastes almost perfect. Good balance of tastes and textures. We had an Omakase, which is an 8-dish selection of the chef, and we would for sure go back if we did not live so far. Service was efficient and nice, maybe too many waiters taking care for each table (not easy in that case to determine best gratuity)? The littlest complain we could make would be for the ambiance, which we found a bit "cold", both because of the great pure white space (no paintings, no flowers...) and the temperature (as European travelers we always think the A/C blows too strong in the US ;-)). Overall a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun food poor service
    SolY
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The great part was we tried lots of food we would probably not get to try anywhere else. Favorites were the fois gras oysters, 10 hour pork and yu-burrata. Fun environment, we had our baby as we were from Out if town it proved a tad difficult for us but she behaved and it was so loud in the restaurant she didn't bother anyone else. I was pretty disappointed with the service. The Waiter came up to the table and simply asked if we had any questions. Did not present himself, the menu or the restaurant. I have no problem paying $300 for dinner but expect top notch service. He knew the menu and explained well once we asked. But was not excited about the food wasn't very friendly, and didn't smile. I left a bit over 20% as is customary but he did not earn it. Had the service been better I would consider a return. He alone could have made the meal a much better experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Overpriced, mediocre
    spaga61VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    My wife and I went to Morimoto and ordered the 7-course tasting. The food was mediocre - not bad (although my wife might disagree on a few of the dishes), but not great, either. For the price ($135 per person), it is hard to justify anything but excellence, and certainly nothing that we had fit that description. The entire venue suffers from what so many large restaurants do, namely a focus on style that inevitably leaves the food suffering, the product of assembly line manufacture - just by way of example, my wife is Celiac and had to be accommodated with gluten free dishes, and at least one dish came out with a piece of painter's tape still on the plate to denote "gluten free." There were some nice dishes, but nothing exceptional, and certainly nothing to justify a nearly $500 meal.
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  • Fantastic!
    NickyVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was phenomenal - very tasty as well as beautifully presented - and the service was excellent. The staff was helpful and friendly. The experience was absolutely wonderful and everything we ate was DELICIOUS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Pricey but imaginative & delicious. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    FBECVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    This was a great dining experience. High quality fish. Toro tartare was fantastic. Nice hip ambiance. Nice special occasion dinner spot.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Their food presentations were very gimmicky
    Happy99
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Their food presentations were very gimmicky as if we were dining in Disney land - very uncharacteristic of sophisticated dining. Most of the dishes we ordered were very mediocre considering the price tag. They even had gift cards which again smells of ordinary instead is sophisticated which the pricing suggests. I found nothing exciting from this so called "celebrity chef". It was more like "celebrity gimmick!"
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  • Recommend the tasting menu
    43932
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    I wish I could comment about the regular menu, but after several visits to Morimoto's I confess I've stuck with the tasting menu which is simply to die for. Every stage is cooked to perfection, plated uniquely and tastes as one might dream.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    For some reason the service was very slow, took more than 10 minutes before a server acknowledged our presence, and the place was almost empty. This is not the norm. Thank God the food made up for it.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seth
    Dined on 11/10/2014
    Great Meal. Entertaining clients and made a great impression on them. Service was smooth and friendly. I would definitely go back again.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and good food!
    JaneVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Our server, Michael, was professional, hilarious, and very helpful. The presentation of the food is better than the quality of flavors, though, which was a slight disappointment. Had their special Salmon (not worth the $25 per piece), king crab (AWESOME!), Eel sashimi (meh.), Toro tartare (the toro was flavorless without the toppings, though the the texture and presentation were great).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow!
    Riccardo
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The best sushi I've ever eat! Party of five, we ordered two miso soup and different kind of maki sushi and sashimi. The quality of the fish was incredibile. Thanks Morimoto!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, trendy Japanese
    livbra
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    An elegant, trendy Japanese restaurant. Minimalistic design in whites, blues and glass, giving a "transparent feeling". Food was excellent.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Disappointing
    claudiageber
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    My dinner at Morimoto was really disappointed. I was expecting one of the best japoneses restaurants in the city and I found a regular one, with nothing special (except for the place, with is really beautiful), regular service and really expensive food. For those who want an amazing japanese food for the same price I recommend Nobu, and for those who want good food (even better than Morimoto) for a lower price, I recommend any japanese restaurant in Queens.
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  • Unreal...
    booozero
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Divers Scallop, Spicy King crab were both amazing. Super fresh ingredients, great quality. What you'd expect.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Good atmosphere but over prices
    Tonio
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Good vibe, nice music and crowd. Average food to our taste and overpriced.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Very expensive for the quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    The restaurante is very nice but the service is poor and the food regular and high cost.
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    late-night find
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  • Poor service
    Newyorker
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    I don't know which problem do they have but they have waitress who cannot manage even a simple order of 4 dishes. All dishes came at different moment and me and my partner couldn't eat together. She made a mistake at the beginning and in 2 hours she hasn't been able to correct it and everything went worst. Maybe she didn't care. Then kitchen made their part sending out chicken not properly cooked.... ughh!!! The worst fro a restaurant as all the chefs say!
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    hot spot
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Food was okay. We ordered the omakase. The food seem to be "mildly warm." I'm not a complainer but honestly for a Japanese restaurant, I was not thrilled with the omakase at all.
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  • Nice night at Morimoto's....
    MADON
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our Morimoto experience. Started downstairs in the lounge with a couple of signature cocktails. Follow up with dinner in the dining room. Service was very good, room was quaint and quiet, food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • SuhaVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Waitresses attitude needs improvement! This point should be noted by resturant management
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • Morimoto - always delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We have been to Morimoto in NYC 3 times and in Philadelphia twice. We have never had a bad meal. The mixed drinks are unique, the wine list is good, and the food is amazing. The tuna pizza is one of the best I've ever had. Looking forward to our next time there!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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  • Better than expected
    nycres
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Having read several bad reviews about this place my expectations were low, however I was surprised to the upside. Our server Matt was wonderful, gave us fantastic food suggestions and was attentive throughout. The kitchen got our sushi order wrong and Matt took care of it with great aplomb. Our apps arrived before the drinks, apparently the bar was backed up, this was an irritant, however after our meal we decided to have some more drinks downstairs and the service was impeccable. Yes the tables are far too close together, yes the noise level is too high, and yes the prices are punchy. If these things are going to bother you then Morimoto is not for you. I will be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfactory dinner at morimoto
    Wrkoutfiend1VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food was ok. Nothing mind blowing sushi needs to be improved. Popcorn rock shrimp was horrible
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food was extremely disappointing. I won't be returning and I won't recommend it to friends.
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  • Best restaurant for sushi ever!!
    Pritch
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Will go back again and again and again. Loved every minute!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Susan
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Only reason u didn't fice 5 stars is the waitress was kinda rude and slow. Not sociable at all. Loved the food however I asked fir my meat medium and got well. But still delicious
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Success got to their head
    Gigo
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We have been visiting morimoto restaurabts for the past 6 years and recommending it. Wednesday night was a bad night for open table and morimoto. We got the worst table I have ever gotten in the NYC restaurant (a very secluded area with a different decoration from the rest is the restaurant) the food was bad (cold upgraded Japanese wagyu) and bad service after our first server left. I asked the host to bring me the check so I could pick it up for everyone and they brought the check twice before I asked for it ruining the surprise that I was picking up dinner. The last time they brought the check we still had a lot of plates in the table, including the initial cocktail one of my guest asked for and they never cleared the glass from the table
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  • Very disappointing
    worldwidefoodie
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Service.... felt like cattle being rushed through. The waitress walked away while I was talking to her. The food was boring and bland. We expected so much more. I didn't even finish my dinner.
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  • Skip it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Your typical celebrity chef turns out uninspired food to the masses. Not worth your time or money.
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  • Wonderful
    angularismVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great dinner with a business colleague who was in from out of town. I had heard good things about this place but never went to check it out until the other night. I now want to go back already as it was extremely worthwhile. Seven thumbs up.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.