When it comes to sushi, New York is no slacker. There’s a sushi spot on every corner, but there are a hand full of gems and Morimoto is at the top of that list. It would be shellfish of me not to share…
Started by the original Iron Chef, Masaharu Morimoto, it serves up the best of the best Japanese cuisine nightly. It looks and feels like a spaceship (a super cool, super trendy spaceship) and its clientele makes for some great people watching. Seeing that it was Saturday night and I had a hot date in town for the weekend, we got ready for a night on the town and steered the driver toward Meatpacking.
Allie and I met while working in Dallas together before I moved to the city. Having a similar habit of spontaneously hopping on – and frequently missing – flights to anywhere and everywhere, we made fast friends. A & I have kept in touch and make it a point to meet up in one city or another as often as our schedules will allow. She’s a big fan of New York City, an excellent partner in crime, and she makes all the boys jealous when I show up with her as my date.
We got things started with a round of cocktails and the ahi tuna pizza, topped with olives, anchovy aïoli, and jalapeño.
… They must have worked because she went out dancing with me the rest of the night and she hasn’t stopped texting me back yet.
I can’t recommend Morimoto enough. The food is amazing and the service doesn’t disappoint either. It’s excellent if you’re looking for a more intimate date spot, but they also have larger tables on the bottom floor to accommodate a bigger group. When you go, leave some time to hang in the bathroom (it’s one of my favorite in the city, second only to Boom Boom Room).
Make sure to book ahead – either by giving them a ring at (212) 989-8883 or using OpenTable – they fill up well in advance, especially on weekends. You can find them in Meatpacking on 10th Ave between W 15th & W 16th.