Four flights up is Chef Masa Takayama’s Bar Masa. Behind fluttering curtains in a quiet pine-floored room with just 13 tables, you can try inventive dishes like Peking duck with foie gras tacos prepared on the hibachi, Surimi Pasta noodles made from seafood, and sushi canapés of toro and caviar.
A few yards away, Japanese cuisine reaches its zenith at Chef Takayama’s minimalist 26-seat restaurant, Masa. This is the nation’s only three Michelin starred sushi restaurant, and it’s no wonder. Chef flies in the finest seafood daily straight from his home country. At $595-per-person, his masterful multi-course tasting menu is the country’s priciest, and well worth it.
Nowhere else in the United States — perhaps not even in Tokyo itself — will you find such amazing Japanese dining choices under one roof. That deserves a toast: Kanpai!