Kappo Masa

4.8
295 reviews
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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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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious. Good service. But very expensive.Very expensive

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Do not go here if you are with an important guest. On two separate occasions, we were here for a dinner with important guests. Both times, we sensed that servers came around to try to clear plates (with food on it) multiple times to try to have us leave asap. Then a gentleman comes around asking if we need anything else multiple times when there is still food being worked on the table. He also sent our servers to ask the same again and again. It got really upsetting. At one point the gentleman directly told me that they have a “very large party coming in, so (I) should clear out. I was sitting at a table for two and had just opened my second bottle of wine with food still on the table. I told him so, and then they just started pouring and pouring wine into my/my guest’s glass at super fast speed. We did not see the “large party” come in while we felt compelled to force down our wines like water. People come here to mainly enjoy the ambiance, but it is too bad that for both my experiences, I felt like I was kicked out and did not feel welcomed.

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W
New York Area
182 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food and atmosphere. Very expensive. Lunch special a good deal except for sashimi which is tiny.

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DM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food.
But really very expensive restaurant
I eat alone and I pay 423 dlls. It’s tu mucho.
No alcohol very expensive

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef’s 8 course tasting was spectacular

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The A5 rare beef with truffle was great, but the seasoned vegetable and juju were really weird. Recommend avocado Rolls tuna sushi and grilled crab.

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j
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Kappo Masa is always outstanding. The staff are totally professional and make you feel welcome. The flowers at the entrance were breathtaking large cherry blossoms which are beautiful. As a dining experience in every way it is first class. Great food, great service, a very good atmosphere and quiet so that you can easily have a conversation. What more could you ask for? Nothing!! Thank you to all the staff at Kappo Masa who work hard to make this dining experience perfect. Jackie Blum

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent and a special treat. always love going there

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RA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

In short, the FOOD was absolutely amazing. We didn't love the ambiance. Though not bad, just felt a bit sterile. Love the open kitchen. Service was good from the moment we walked in. Hurts the wallet a bit! But again....FOOD was great!!!

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l
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The omakase was incredible and the service was fantastic, so was the ambiance.

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W
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Intensely flavorful grilled fish collar was the highlight of the meal.

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JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. Not a “value” per se but for the quality of food that is not surprising. Can be loud. Cafeteria type seating a negative

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kappo Masa is a favorite restaurant of mine - refined yet comfortable, with excellent service and ofcourse first class food.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food!

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L
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Serene ambience, superb staff and a delicious lunch. Loved the kale salad.

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TM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

4 stars only because I can’t understand how possibly one small scoop of ice-cream (truffle ice-cream) can coast $48

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Sushi in NYC. Unique cooked offerings makes KM great for all

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N
Tampa
48 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sublime food. A treasured experience.

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n
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites and go to’s

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday dinner was amazing
Fusion Japanese food in a sophisticated environment

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very intimate and delicious Japanese restaurant.
Slightly expensive but worth it once in a while.
There was only one dish that was disappointing, the rest was good.

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C
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brilliant food, quiet, expensive

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service, amazing food, overall great

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Sushi was disappointing in every respect- not much flavor, slightly crusty rice and sushi chef nowhere in sight.

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DO
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice ambience. Waiter very professional and helpful with ordering. We shared everything so able to taste lots of different dishes. Some were more favored than others, but all were good. Lovely experience with time to carry on a conversation without have to compete with additional noise. Service attentive but not intrusive.

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g
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Subtlety reigns with fine Japanese food and it is well understood here. The dashi used in the miso soup is superb. It is all delicious. Sophisticated crowd, professional service and gracious maitre d' /service make for a lovely lunch.

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food, amazing smoking gun cocktail, great ambience.

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SB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The quality of the fish and the sake was quite high, but the service was uneven. I requested no wasabi on my sushi. Despite that, multiple pieces were served with wasabi. For such a high end experience such mistakes are problematic.

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OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food andservice

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A
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food ambience and service Our waitress Stephanie is a lovely young lady who makes us feel special. She is an asset to kappo

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AF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The very best

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Got the tasting menu, had much better at places like morimoto or nobu. Nothing was terrible but then again nothing was spectacular. For $300 per person I would have hoped for something that really wowed....

Jalapeño infused vodka cocktail was nice. One of the ways to keep the crazy priced drink list in check....

Would not repeat based on overall value.

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AP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, well trained, kind staff

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l
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance all outstanding. The beef skewers (one of many appetizers) was a stand-out. All of the sushi entrees that we tried also excellent. The prices are also sky high, so best suited for a special occasion

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S
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

Noise level very high. You won’t be able to speak to your guest but you will have a great meal!

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CD
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Too expensive evening despite some delicious pieces of sushi. Subtle differences of flavor and texture lost over time as similar combinations repeated.
Atmosphere was clubby and casual, but not welcoming for newbies who will not return.

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C
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding place. Food was totally amazing. Really very good food, and service impeccable. We had long time without going and bartender recognized us..I recommend the omakase, but this time we like to try other things, toro and uní are very good. Also try tacos pecking duck. And toro tartare with caviar. Sushi salmon and saba, excellent cuality.
We will came back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always great but the sakes are way too expensive

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LL
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! Great food, service and ambiance. Already planned my next visit!

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EB
London
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kappo Masa has become a home away from home for us; it's a treat, to be sure, but the food, service and environment are always perfect. This time we asked to move from table to bar which felt like more fun, and i'm so glad we did - they agreed right away, and we ended up in such a nice chat around the bar with the sushi chef as well as the patrons nearby. We love it there.

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