Matsugen

Price guide: Mid-range

241 Church Street, Tribeca, New York City, New York, 10013

Price guide: Mid-range

Matsugen

By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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#79 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:3.0 out of 5
Food and drink:
3.2
3.2
Ambience:
3.2
3.2
Service:
3
3.0
Location:
3.5
3.5
Value for money:
3
3.0
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Mature travellers, People watching, Special occasions

Expert review of Matsugen

World famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten turns his attention to Japanese cuisine.

With the help of three Japanese brothers, Jean-Georges has created his first Japanese restaurant to good effect, if you just order the soba.

Food and drink: 

Despite the sushi and fish choices, the best choice here are the soba noodle dishes, especially the Matsugen soba, a silken combination of chopped scallion, shiso and okra, with raw egg broken into it. I like to accompany it with some sake, of which there is a good selection.

Ambience: 

A quiet but sexy space, designed by Richard Meier, is the perfect backdrop to the fashionable subdued crowd that uses this as their Tribeca canteen.

Service: 

Not particulary remarkable but the servers get the job done.

Location: 

On Church Street, one of the main thoroughfares of Tribeca. I love the elegant residential feel here.

Price advice: 

Last time I went I felt quite overcharged after ordering sushi as my appetizer. It’s much better to just get a soba dish for about 15 bucks, which is quite satisfying just on its own.                       

Tables to book: 

Ask for one of the booths close to the open kitchen, visible through a large fish tank that doubles as a glass wall.                            

More information on Matsugen:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Japanese
Address:
241 Church Street, Tribeca, New York City, New York, 10013
Telephone:
212-925-0202
Website:
http://www.jean-georges.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-1am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

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