Iron Chef Cuisine Reigns Supreme!
Having dined at Morimoto in NYC on a few separate occasions I must admit to having a rocking time at both! The most important thing to remember is to make sure you get a seat at the sushi bar! This is where all the action happens and the chefs will chat with you if you are friendly to them. To see them work up close is really cool. It’s entertainment! Plus, on both occasions the Iron Chef Morimoto himself was holding court there and he came over to speak to us both times. Really nice and warm guy. Was very interested what we thought of his food, which was terrific by the way.
When you pull up to the place the outside is covered with a flowing red drapery across the front. You can’t miss it. Entering the place you are greeted by the front desk staff. Both times our seats were not ready and it would be about 15 minutes to wait, so we went to the downstairs bar/lounge area. Bar area is very clear white with glowing red walls! Futuristic cool. See through poly-plastic type stools, and funky spaceship type feel. Small lounge area to grab a seat and enjoy a cocktail while waiting for your sushi feast to begin.
Going back upstairs to get our seats we were also greated by a giant bottle wall. The whole place has this very chic Japan meets outer space vibe to it, which compliments the experience here. It is kind of loud and bustling, probably because of the size and open layout. Personally, I prefer sitting up at the sushi bar area, as the setup of the tables on the floor did not vibe well with me.
Dinner here is off the hook! Portions are not huge, but Japanese cuisine is not about huge plates. It’s about presentation and fresh flavors so keep that in mind. Crispy rock shrimp tempura, Japanese lobster fritters, ishi yaki buri bop (which they cook in front of you in a hot stone bowl was delish – yellowfin tuna w/rice), fresh maki and sushi were all good. Many choices to choose from. Plus, Morimoto has his own line of sake in all styles and a pretty extensive wine list. Beer of course also. Great stuff to accompany your meal.
Had some terrific desserts. Lusted over this flourless chocolate cake with caramel popcorn and corn ice cream that was like a party in my mouth!
Seriously, no meal at Morimoto is complete without a trip to the famous bathrooms. Life is not complete until walking into this serene environment, have the lid move up and down on its own, and feel the gratifying warmth of that toilet seat on your butt as you sit down on it. Ahhhhh. All types of controls to play with on this robotic throne. You can spend a whole lot of time in this tranquil escape from reality!
You will drop some serious coin here, but very worth it, so bring your credit cards kiddies!
Morimoto - http://www.morimotonyc.com/