Iron Chef meets NYC at Masaharu Morimoto’s Philadelphia transplant in the heart of the Meatpacking / HighLine district. This 12,000-square-foot restaurant is bustling, visually intriguing and as much of a conversation piece as the food it serves. Despite its buzz from Iron Chef fans and Japanese foodies, reservations aren’t too difficult to get your hands on. You’ll only need about one week of forethought to score a table for Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.
As he has done with the sister Philly location that started it all, the celebrity Nobu alumnus consistently brings world-wide flavor to his Asian-based culinary dishes, the most popular of which are Duck Duck Duck (duck cooked 3-ways), Surf and Turf and his infamous Black Cod dish, my personal favorite. The cod is glazed in a soy reduction that deliciously plays up the sweetness of the fish. Not to be forgotten, die-hard sushi lovers won’t be disappointed by the quality and diversity of offerings at surprisingly reasonable prices for this quality of venue.
On the dessert side of the equation, to quell your sweet-tooth, you must try the warm chocolate cake, with its to-die-for whiskey caramel ice cream sauce… so don’t get too full on the 8-course seasonal tasting menu! If you do stop by, be on the lookout for Chef Morimoto, himself, who will likely say hello to you first, as he comes to the restaurant frequently when he’s in town.
88 10th Avenue
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