Matsuri 369 W. 16th St. Bt. 8th & 9th Aves.
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Finally the food version of couture is realized with gourmet Japanese cuisine in a classy environment. No BYOB, no cheap, greasy meals, just straight-up, high-end sushi delight is what you’ll get at Matsuri. Enter the two-story restaurant and be greeted by its accommodating first-floor bar, but it’s the downstairs—decked out in bamboo, paper lanterns and cozy booth seating—where you’ll be dining. Frightened by the whole raw meat thang? There are other enticing dishes, like beef short rib smothered in dark miso sauce ($25), as well as salty edamame ($4) for snacking. Don’t miss out on the huuuuuge selection of sakes (but this place isn’t for bombing, folks!), and an array of wines and specialty cocktails. So, skip the takeout Japanese from Seamless Web and head to this Chelsea date-night spot for a true Tokyo experience!