Masa is the dream and vision of Chef Masa Takayama. His love and appreciation for food originate from growing up and working for the family-run fish market in Tochigi, Japan. He started out delivering fresh sashimi to neighbors on his bicycle and then later grilling fish courses for weddings while in high school. For Chef Masa, it is not only love and appreciation for food, but it is also a way of life. Chef Masa apprenticed under sushi master, Sugiyama Toshiaki. Master Sugiyama is a respected Ginza Sushi-ko. Apprenticing entails years of intense training and has proved invaluable to Chef Masa as his dining experience is all-inclusive. After completing his intense training, Chef Masa came to the U.S and started his career with a small kitchen that served traditional Japanese cuisine and Americanized dishes. Masa is more true to his calling and training and has been in operation since 2004. Masa and Bar Masa fast became a firm favorite among New Yorkers and still rates as one of the top dining experiences in the city. The dining experience Shibui is a Japanese adjective that describes or refers to a particular style or aesthetic that is simple, subtle and unobtrusively beautiful. Shibui is exactly how one can describe Masa. Masa is not complicated and believes in the purity of living, sensing and being. These are elements inherent in the Masa dining experience. The décor of Masa is simple and sparse to give an effect of a blank canvas on which your food will be allowed to shine. Seasonal elements are used in all courses, and only the freshest and most delicious ingredients are used. Each course is made to ensure that most basic and distinctive character of the ingredients shines through. Chef Masa’s style is to prepare the food quickly and have it plated as soon as it is ready so that all the elements that make the sushi distinctive is alive and appears as a living state. Reservations and Private events Reservations are strongly encouraged as Masa is very popular. Confirmation of your reservation will be received once you have paid a deposit. Also, Masa does not accept any online reservations, as all reservations must be made via telephone. Gratuities are not accepted or expected at Masa, in line with Japanese tradition. Hospitality is part and parcel of the Masa dining experience and does not expect a guest to pay for it. Dress code is relaxed and comfortable. The food is plated quickly, but do not expect a rushed experience, allow at least two hours for the dining experience. Private events are possible at Masa, and you will need to complete a specialized online form to reserve and inquire about the options available. Masa is a unique dining experience based tradition Japanese dishes and culture. For a simple, sophisticated and immersive experience, then Masa is the best place to be.