Morimoto NYC is a restaurant owned by famous “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto. He is best known as an Iron Chef on the TV cooking shows Iron Chef America. He received practical training in traditional Japanese cuisine in his hometown Hiroshima. Influenced by Western cooking styles, he started his global career in Japanese Fusion. He is also known for his unique style of presenting food.
I have a colleague who love the TV show Iron Chef and we were looking for a chance to have lunch at a restaurant by the Japanese Iron Chef. How lucky that Morimoto NYC is participating in the Restaurant Week.
There are 7 choices for entrée and each comes with miso soup, green salad, pickles and white rice. For deserts, 2 items are offered which are not on their regular menu. I ordered the Braised Black Cod for entrée and the Pot de Crème for dessert. My colleague got the Hamachi Poke(yellowtail) and the chocolate fondant. We shared to taste all, and everything was amazing. My cod is perfectly braised as if it melts in the mouth and beautifully decorated using some very small piece of vegetables. She joked that this is part of Japanese advanced technologies. I often order black cod whenever I see on the menu at Japanese restaurant. I would say this is the best I have ever tasted both for taste and presentation.
Overall, this place provides a great mix of American and Japanese cuisine with top-notch service, comfortable seating, beautiful interior design (even the bathroom); I will definitely be back to Morimoto to try more of their fantastic options!
Price: three-course prix fixe dining deals for lunch ($29) and dinner ($42).
Dress code: Casual
Dining alone: Yes, there is a nice sushi counter
Great to special occasions