Kappo Masa

4.7
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368 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese
Adjacent to Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue, Kappo Masa is a collaboration between renown chef Masayoshi "Masa" Takayama and art dealer, Larry Gagosian. Kappo Masa offers a dining experience that is sophisticated yet relaxed, featuring fresh, modern Japanese cuisine.

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
3.9
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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F
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Extremely poorly trained staff. Rushed everything and interrupted conversation rudely multiple times.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Worst maître d’ I’ve ever experienced and so overpriced I’m surprised they can stay in business

OT
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food and great service and very relaxing atmosphere

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Not fresh or flavorful food

OT
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting a friend , fabulous time .

DA
1 review
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. However, I do find it pricey. Somehow I have never eaten there for lest 500 for two people.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was beyond ! Saki exceptional. The hostess accommodated our requests for a corner table . Our server could not be more lovely and knowledgeable about everything .
It my new favorite go to for a fantastic meal of sashimi , great saki and a! Very sophisticated approach to casual elegance

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

“Neighborhood Gem, dining under the Stars of Picasso”

LB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience. It isn’t cheap but the food is wonderful.

OT
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always good food at KM

FI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience2

Despite my saying am allergic to shellfish, I got food that made my lip swell the next day. The waiter was overbearing and too un-refined for a place like this. The portion and variety are not in line with the price! Never going back

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Buckle up for the bill, but excellent food and service

K
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When food is an art, great taste, nice ambience, pretty much expensive.

NY
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, perfect service, beautiful people, great art. Go!

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Sushi was excellent. Very good service . Amazing art but well overpriced

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Up until this experience, I could easily say Kappo Masa was one of my favorite restaurants in New York; now I do not think I will ever return. During the meal, I was eating a bowl of mushroom soba and bit into a piece of metal mixed in with the broth. While small, I cannot imagine the damage it could’ve done had I swallowed it (it was shaped like a staple and had multiple sharp edges). The manager came over to apologize, albeit tersely, and then reprimanded his staff. It seemed all was settled. When the bill came, however, I was astounded: our waitress proudly said the soba had been taken off (a given) and nothing else. How can a restaurant only take off the one item? If it were a hair I found, fine, it’s disgusting but not a hazard. This item could’ve actually done damage, and simply taking the inedible soba off is absurd. I hope from now on Kappo Masa will take better care when preparing their food and reimburse their customers properly if an error is made.

OT
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Management was a jerk — blamed mistakes on the server (who was great and not at fault). Also told the chef I had a hard shellfish allergy. He tried to had me a hand roll (during omakase) with Uni in it, which I couldn’t eat. Didn’t get a replacement roll. Later that night, had bad allergic reaction, so assume another roll had shellfish in it that I wasn’t aware of. Way too pricey for these kinds of mistakes/experience. Do not recommend AT ALL. No care for the customer.

LV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Japanese restaurant but definitely on the pricey side. Serves both traditional Japanese Sushi/Sashimi as well as cooked Japanese dishes. Too many highlights to mention but unless in season I would stay away from the $130 truffle fried rice which can be a bit blend.

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My new favorite Omakase place in NYC, including my previous trips to Masa.
The fish were mastered carefully and every piece was unique, brought to the perfection by the chef. They have very uniquely crafted pieces such as flounder fin-side, which is the first time I found in NYC given its rareness.
The dinner was designed perfectly for one person's portion, and unlikely any other omakase places, I never had a 'eh, so-so' moment out of the whole process.
The restaurant is low-key and hide underground from an art gallery in the shopping district. Not many people were there but most were regulars. It's not the quietest sushi counter but I guess it's by design as it presents itself as a collaboration. The kitchen and sushi counter combination was interesting.

JO
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kappo Masa is definitely a favorite of ours. If we are on the UES for an afternoon of art we love nothing more then an early dinner at Kappo Masa. The food and service are always perfect. There is great selection on their menu which we are always experimenting with before their fresh and fantastic sushi. We love the fish pasta, the kale salad and the soy chicken wings, but this time we also tried the tuna avocado tartare and the beef udon and they were great. It’s a small-ish restaurant so the noise level is very manageable. We have had the same server the last 2 times and she was so accommodating and helpful. The ONLY criticism we have is on the desert menu - it needs something chocolate! But we selected 4 items for the table (creme brûlée, 2 sorbets and a lady M) and they were all delicious as usual.

EN
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I was excited to try it given the pedigree but the food and experience did not rise to the level of the check.

N
Tampa
54 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular meal. Best dining experience.

j
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Omakase and duck truffle tacos. Very expensive!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had chef’s choice of 8 dishes. The sashimi dishes were good but overlapping with hirame. The grilled half uni with truffle was great which gave an excellent rich flavor of both. The sukiyaki beef was so tender and it melts in your mouth. The finishing dish 5 pieces of sushi was excellent! Overall is a good experience dining here!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!!

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always on point and delicious .

JJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good. Very expensive. Wine mark up is far too high.

VN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I love to go around and try new restaurants and I chose Kappo Masa this time around. Now, we went in knowing the menu is pretty expensive here but in terms of high-end dining, it really hits the mark. The food was exceptional. You gotta try the coconut lobster tacos. Absolutely delicious. Also, while items on the menu are on the pricier end, you don’t have to wind up with a huge bill. Honestly, for two, I was anticipating paying around $350 but in actuality we paid $184 including tax ($219 after tip); granted, we are also light eaters but still, no where near as much ‘damage’ as some reviews elsewhere may lead you to believe. That included a cocktail, a glass of wine, dinner, and dessert. The staff was super courteous. The location itself is inside an art gallery with authentic Picasso paintings and other artists’ work directly around you. I also found the restaurant easy to locate inside the gallery; it’s clearly labeled and points you in the direction down the stairs on the right after you walk in. Not too loud either—we had a 6pm reservation on a Saturday, so it wasn’t totally full at that time but even as more people came in for their reservations, it was still easy to have conversations. Oh, but folks, please leave the kids at home! Even if they’re older kids e.g. 9 or 10, just trust me, kids are still kids and it’s not exactly a good place to take them to. Believe me, you may think your kids are cute but I don’t think I have to say what I think!

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went here for my son's birthday. It was great. The sushi was fantastic as was the service. And the decor was perfect. I spent many years in Tokyo. I thought I was back there. Yeah, it was expensive but worth every penny.

OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service

EB
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always such a delicious, reliable meal. I love Kappo Masa!

JE
New England
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very nice dinner but much below the original Masa (much cheaper as well).
Service below average and quite confused with a waiter (Georges) unable to thank for a tip of 200Usd
The place is really interesting with artworks from the Gaggosian gallery on the walls

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was ok, not that great.
Everything else was really good

A
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Tables too close together. Everyone was very loud trying to talk over eachother. Service is slow. Ordered sushi, rolls, hot and cold appetizers, Unagi (eel) bento. Eel did not have enough sauce or flavor, and very dry. Rolls were not anything good much less special. (Paid more than 70 dollars for a meh~ roll) Tuna and Avocado tartare was the only satisfying menu among our 400 dollar bill lunch.

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Food and service excellent as always

RK
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We found the service, especially the advice of staff poor. Staff didn't provide for any guidance on how to best combine dishes, for instance that it wouldn;t make sense to both order the same dish, etc. The composition (ingredients) of the dishes, were not explained when served, typically something that you would expect from a michelin starred restaurant. Some of the dishes were very good, some were average at best. Overall price quality ratio was very poor.

KO
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I expected more. Because of “Masa”
But service Is good.
Just don’t expect so much

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 14 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch bento box is a steal ..
Great service , food , and drink ..

F
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food was great, ambience was great, no views though

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best sushi restaurants in NYC. I don’t like Omakase, and this restaurant allows me to have except food and choose my own items.