For a special treat head on over to Kappo Masa on Madison Avenue for some of the most delicious a la carte sushi on the Upper East Side. This restaurant is located sub-level under the Gagosian Gallery. After descending the modern staircase you encounter a grand floral arrangement that fills the entrance floor to ceiling. It is the perfect touch of minimal, luxurious decor that sets the tone for the meal that you are about to have. The room is decorated in medium toned wood and toffee colored leather seating. There is a circular sushi bar that can fit about 10 but is not currently open due to Covid. My husband, Mark, and I settled into a cozy corner and were so happy to be in such a tranquil, beautiful place after a long week. Our server immediately came over and we ordered drinks before deciding on food. I highly recommend the ‘Cucumber in a Rice Field’ cocktail. It is a cucumber sake martini that has the perfect balance of flavors. The service is professional and friendly and they never rush you. Dining at Kappo Masa is an experience that satisfies all your senses. I always leave here feeling peaceful and satisfied.
We have been dining at Kappo Masa for several years and we are so happy that they have reopened. Their menu is much smaller than pre-covid but every dish is expertly prepared and the quality of sushi is exemplary. We order a la carte here but you can certainly order Omakase. Some menu standouts are the Duck and Foie Gras Tacos, Chicken Dumplings with Cilantro, Masa Toro Tartare Caviar, Grilled Asparagus Goma Ae and the Sushi. Some of my suggested menu choices are not currently available but I was assured by the Manager that they will be adding items back. No worries, the dishes they do offer are great. They also offer a special take out menu for those who wish to dine at home.