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Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s serene urban oasis sets an ambitious standard for modern Japanese cooking. The world-renowned chef showcases exhilarating interpretations of Japanese food in a breathtaking space architect Tadao Ando built as a respite from the non-stop chaos of New York City. The room’s extraordinary looks, which blend Japanese and American sensibilities with subtle futuristic details, are rivaled only by the mouthwatering menu, which melds ancient Eastern tradition with modern Western innovation.

Chef Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto

Chef Masaharu Morimoto has created a bridge between the culinary traditions of his native Japan and the American palate, bringing intense excitement, exquisite technique and perfectly balanced flavors to thousands of diners throughout the world. He has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients, creating a signature style that positions him as one of the world’s leading chefs. In 2001, he opened his first eponymous restaurant in Philadelphia in partnership with Stephen Starr, following by a New York City outpost in 2006. Both restaurants set the gold standard for contemporary Japanese cuisine in America.

Chef/Owner, Morimoto Restaurants


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