Kappo Masa

4.8
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Adjacent to Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue, Kappo Masa is a collaboration between renown chef Masayoshi "Masa" Takayama and art dealer, Larry Gagosian. Kappo Masa offers a dining experience that is sophisticated yet relaxed, featuring fresh, modern Japanese cuisine.

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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
65% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had chef’s choice of 8 dishes. The sashimi dishes were good but overlapping with hirame. The grilled half uni with truffle was great which gave an excellent rich flavor of both. The sukiyaki beef was so tender and it melts in your mouth. The finishing dish 5 pieces of sushi was excellent! Overall is a good experience dining here!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always on point and delicious .

JJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good. Very expensive. Wine mark up is far too high.

VN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I love to go around and try new restaurants and I chose Kappo Masa this time around. Now, we went in knowing the menu is pretty expensive here but in terms of high-end dining, it really hits the mark. The food was exceptional. You gotta try the coconut lobster tacos. Absolutely delicious. Also, while items on the menu are on the pricier end, you don’t have to wind up with a huge bill. Honestly, for two, I was anticipating paying around $350 but in actuality we paid $184 including tax ($219 after tip); granted, we are also light eaters but still, no where near as much ‘damage’ as some reviews elsewhere may lead you to believe. That included a cocktail, a glass of wine, dinner, and dessert. The staff was super courteous. The location itself is inside an art gallery with authentic Picasso paintings and other artists’ work directly around you. I also found the restaurant easy to locate inside the gallery; it’s clearly labeled and points you in the direction down the stairs on the right after you walk in. Not too loud either—we had a 6pm reservation on a Saturday, so it wasn’t totally full at that time but even as more people came in for their reservations, it was still easy to have conversations. Oh, but folks, please leave the kids at home! Even if they’re older kids e.g. 9 or 10, just trust me, kids are still kids and it’s not exactly a good place to take them to. Believe me, you may think your kids are cute but I don’t think I have to say what I think!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my son's birthday. It was great. The sushi was fantastic as was the service. And the decor was perfect. I spent many years in Tokyo. I thought I was back there. Yeah, it was expensive but worth every penny.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

EB
London
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a delicious, reliable meal. I love Kappo Masa!

JE
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very nice dinner but much below the original Masa (much cheaper as well).
Service below average and quite confused with a waiter (Georges) unable to thank for a tip of 200Usd
The place is really interesting with artworks from the Gaggosian gallery on the walls

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was ok, not that great.
Everything else was really good

A
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tables too close together. Everyone was very loud trying to talk over eachother. Service is slow. Ordered sushi, rolls, hot and cold appetizers, Unagi (eel) bento. Eel did not have enough sauce or flavor, and very dry. Rolls were not anything good much less special. (Paid more than 70 dollars for a meh~ roll) Tuna and Avocado tartare was the only satisfying menu among our 400 dollar bill lunch.

JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Food and service excellent as always

RK
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We found the service, especially the advice of staff poor. Staff didn't provide for any guidance on how to best combine dishes, for instance that it wouldn;t make sense to both order the same dish, etc. The composition (ingredients) of the dishes, were not explained when served, typically something that you would expect from a michelin starred restaurant. Some of the dishes were very good, some were average at best. Overall price quality ratio was very poor.

KO
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I expected more. Because of “Masa”
But service Is good.
Just don’t expect so much

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch bento box is a steal ..
Great service , food , and drink ..

F
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great, ambience was great, no views though

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best sushi restaurants in NYC. I don’t like Omakase, and this restaurant allows me to have except food and choose my own items.

F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheap Chan is amazing , he remember what we love and don’t

r
London
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely outstanding food, ambiance, and service. Best sushi I've had in a long time.

L
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous
Great service
Great food!

JW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific and interesting take on traditional Japanese. Very glamorous crowd but no attitude. Very expensive

OT
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite spot !

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food

n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Experience !!!

JL
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My third time there and this was the most disappointing. I overlooked the prices the first two times because the quality of the food is truly exquisite. This time, while the food was good, the service was not and that combined with the noise level that made it impossible to carry on a conversation put a damper on my experience. In fact we all agreed the best thing we ate was the king crab "California" roll, but for $33 it simply is not worth the fact that the crab meat is fresh. My nephew's udon noodle soup was bland at best, the dancing (fried) shrimp was greasy as were the panko chicken skewers. The meat skewers were excellent, but they had better be for the price. The portions are minuscule as well. On my previous visits the service was attentive. This time, not so much. Look, this is not a bad restaurant, or even an average one. It is excellent, but certain high standards must be maintained and one of them is consistency. Especially when you are paying those prices.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Terrible service - servers were slow and ignored us and then were belligerent when we had to repeat our request for desert

D
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal omakase! This was my second visit and was glad I pulled it out for an anniversary meal 😎

Preparation of our meal was top notch & the selections were paced and balanced wonderfully. We also brought our own wine and the restaurant was kind enough to accommodate, granted at a cost of $95. Fortunately we had an exceptional bottle so it was well worth it!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best Japanese ever

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an awesome evening with outstanding dishes. Hope to be back soon again.

KB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakase was fresh and innovative. My sons and I enjoyed our experience.

SM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous in every way!

MO
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb meal....when you taste the incredible freshness of the food here, you realize in a flash how many mediocre Japanese meals you may have had. Combine that with the creativity of some of the fusions dishes, and it makes for a truly memorable meal. Our only complaint is that the tables are very close together and the room is noisy - not conducive to quiet conversation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is great and fresh, great service and the Manager is very nice and professional. Definitely will be going back again and again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Only this time.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Omakase is expensive but excellent. Only reason value is only three stars. You get what you pay for and you're paying for 5 stars.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing!!

AR
London
10 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kappo Masa never disappoints. Love sitting at the sushi bar and watching the masters at work.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Tables crammed together, felt like eating at a communal table. Food ridiculously overpriced. Wine even more so. Food was okay but not worth the cost at all.

e
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Way too expensive

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal