Inside America’s Most Expensive Sushi Restaurant Where Meals Start at $450


For those who love sushi and also for whom money is no object, Masa is a restaurant to experience at least once.


Masa is a sushi and Japanese food restaurant located in Manhattan and is the most expensive restaurant in New York City and the most expensive sushi restaurant in the United States.


Masa is omakase-only (chef’s choice) and has no menu. An omakase dinner for one costs $450, not including tax, tips or drinks. Kobe beef costs an additional $150.


The chef behind Masa is Masayoshi Takayama, who opened the restaurant in 2004.


Masa is only one of four New York restaurants with three Michelin stars and the first Japanese restaurant in the country to have received as many.



The restaurant’s fish is imported fresh from Japan and is rarely ever frozen. “Just, the thing is my ingredients. I don’t think they have equals.” Takayama told Eater.



According to the restaurant’s website, “The food is prepared quickly, and plated for guests as soon as ready to preserve the idea that each dish is still in a living, being state.”



The restaurant is minimally and elegantly designed, with a $60,000 hinoki wood sushi counter that is sanded daily to ensure smoothness.



“Refined beauty that isn’t affected by time or social changes. Shibui is never complicated or contrived. Purity of being, of living, of sensing is inherent in all elements of the Masa experience.” the restaurant states.



The restaurant’s food isn’t the only thing that’s expensive. Reservations must be made with a credit card, and cancellations — even for one person in a party of diners — not made within 48 hours of the reservation time will mean a $200-per-person fee.







Written by Editorial Staff, Next Shark | Haute Living

Fast Food

Bruegger’s Now Has A Breakfast Bagel Sandwich With A Corn MASA Bagel


There’s nothing like the smell of freshly made masa. The Spanish dough made from corn is the primary ingredient in tortillas, tamales and now … bagels. Bruegger’s Bagels has now added a Masa Bagel to their lineup.

The corn-based bagel is draws inspiration from the flavors of tortillas and tamales. Used in the new Southwest Sunrise sandwich, the breakfast boasts a fried egg, red and green peppers, ranchero sauce and a spicy guac.

Man, that sounds amazing right about now. We can never decide between a breakfast sandwich and a breakfast burrito.

Bruegger’s is adding the Masa Bagel, along with the Southwest Sunrise sandwich to its seasonal fall menu. Returning items also include a, you guessed it, pumpkin spiced menu.



This Machine is the K-Cup of Tortillas, Comes with Flour and Corn Tortilla Pods

KCup Tortillas

Fresh tortillas made with masa can be one of the tastiest things ever. Probably because one has to also appreciate the difficulty and time put into each piece. So when Flatev introduced their new instant tortilla making machine, naturally our heads turned.

Similar to the K-cup machines that make instant coffee, Flavtev incorporates a tortilla pod (which you could probably buy in bulk). Flavtev’s website says that they offer three different types of dough made with natural ingredients: flour, corn and blue corn. The machine opens up the pod, presses the dough and cooks it. Less than a minute later, instant tortilla.

Unfortunately, it looks like the Flatev machine won’t be available until sometime in 2015, but if you want to pre-order ahead of time they’re taking names. So until we see and taste them for ourselves, we’ll stick to homemade. We don’t mind waiting a few extra minutes.