As many of you know Masa is one of the most expensive restaurants in the country. It is one of those places that I have been intrigued by but that’s where it ends cause there isn’t a chance in hell that I will shell out whatever absurd amount of money it is to dine there. Thankfully now there is no longer a reason to go to Masa because some of it’s veteran head chefs have opened their own place called Neta in the West Village.
Neta is a Fabulous and most likely one of the better sushi restaurants in the city. The quality is unbelievable and the creativity and craft is out of this world. Nick Kim and Jimmy Lau the ex masa veterans bring the experience and culinary skill and Aaron Polsky is the accomplished mixologist. This team has it goin on.
The night we went we had the pleasure of sitting at the sushi bar, where we were lucky to observe Nick’s skills up front. I highly recommend dining at the sushi bar if you can score the seats, it brings a great deal to the experience. It may also be a great choice for a first date. The activity around you will no doubt give you plenty to talk about. And if for some reason that doesn’t produce some good banter you can always chat it up with Nick and Aaron.
Onto the food…Everything was perfect! Seriously amazing! After the first bite of each dish I would look around to see the same thing every time; each one of us simultaneously smiling while make some sort of ridiculous sound…a sound that can only be produced when one has experienced flavor ecstasy. Yes it was that good.
Even our fellow dinner guests Steve Plotnicki and Toby Knobel, who have have eaten everywhere ( Literally everywhere), were blown away! That kinda says it all, don’t you think.
DUNGENESS CRAB SALAD
SZECHUAN SPICED SALMON I don’t think I have tried a more amazing sushi creation! If you go to Neta you gotta make sure you get this dish!
Our fellow dinner guest: The ever knowledgeable and always entertaining Steve Plotnicki and Toby Knobel.
UNI RISOTTO: What amazing richness! I dont think I could have put down more than one bite of this creamy uniliciousness.
DUCK AND FOIE: Cucumber is used to hold duck in three forms: skin, meat and liver. Need I say more!
SHISO/ PICKLED PLUM/ CUCUMBER Another handheld masterpiece
Overview: If you are a sushi fiend and have not been to this 40 seat sushi heaven I suggest you clear a night in your google calendar and make it happen asap. $95 is a lot of money I know but I promise it is worth every penny especially if you consider that you are saving half a grand by not going to Masa. Jose and I will be going back real soon perhaps we will see you at the sushi bar.(that is if we can get a seat)
61 West 8th Street
New York, NY 10011