Morimoto for a Special Occasion
riesling while waiting for the rest of the party to arrive
Morimoto is the creme de la creme of fresh seafood cuisine. Hopefully I’ll be back in a few years when finances are more flexible. I met at the restaurant for celebrating Ana’s birthday under an utmost lavish dining setting. (Well, second to tasting menus.)
two orders of uni (sea urchin)
The four of us shared a bottle of Dr. Konstantin Frank riesling for $44. It happened to have been the more affordable of bottles that’s dry to a preference as well. As a soft appetizer, we shared two pieces of uni ($10 each) by splitting them in half. It was exceptionally fresh. It’s briny creaminess with a mild sweetness to the eggs.
As per recommendation, we ordered the toro tartare for $31. YOWZA, there’s nothing like it! It’s red tuna and fatty (toro) tuna chopped to fine bits, mashed together, and spread onto a palette. You enjoy it with the flavors available — wasabi, sour cream, nori paste, chopped chive, guac, rice crackers, and dashi soy. DIVINE.
And finally, we shared the Morimoto sashimi for $28 and sushi combo for $45. The sashimi plate, being more luxurious, had seared toro with caviar (which the birthday girl was privileged to enjoy herself), red tuna, eel, salmon, and fatty yellowtail. The sushi plate had the same pieces except for the toro and the addition of shrimp and halibut.
All of us were full by this point. It was a safe bet it was because of the collection of inebriating liquids from earlier in the evening. Unfortunately we couldn’t gather ourselves to order a dessert, even with my eye on the souffle.
Judging by how bustling the wait staff and restaurant were on that Thursday night, I have to say that I’m envious of the people who eat that well seemingly often. I suppose this comes hand-in-hand for a celebrity chef who knows how to utilize prime ingredients so remarkably.
Side note: the restaurant has the fanciest restrooms I’ve ever been in.
88 10th Ave
New York, NY 10024