Having never viewed this thread prior, I ate there this past Friday night with my wife. Had 9:30 reservations through opentable. Arrived at 9:37 and was asked to wait in the downstairs lounge. Had some difficulty getting a seat or any attention from the barstaff for several minutes, but then finally were seated at the far left of the bar. Ordered a white lilly, (apparently somewhat popular, now seeing it mentioned several times in this thread,) and a glass of albarino. Almost the exact moment our drinks were poured, we were told our table was ready. The host said "we have a great table for you." He wasn't wrong. Our table was in the upper part of the dining room overlooking the omakase bar to my left (the host station directly behind me.) A great view into the kitchen and the rest of the dining room.
Ordered the tuna pizza, (bluefin tuna, anchovy aioli, jalepeno); japanese lobster fritters, (pickeled ginger, scallion, lobster reduction); braised black cod, (japanese ratatouille, ginger-soy reduction); line-caught halibut, (black bean sauce, shaved ginger, hot oil); shimp tempura roll, (tempura shrimp, asparagus, spicy sauce); morimoto '5 year' aged sake; orange-berry tart, (vanilla bean ice cream, marshmallow, spiced berry sauce); chocolate pecan brownie, ( amaretto ice cream, espresso ice cream, cardamom sauce).
Pizza : both of us agreed it had great flavor. My wife found the jalepeno too spicy for her taste, but still liked the flavor. I thought the whole thing was great.
Fritters: a real hit. we both gobbled them up lickety-split.
braised cod: sweetly seasoned, with candied olives on the plate. Almost an unagi-sauce like flavor. We both liked it.
halibut: delicious, both in texture and flavor. Sauce was outstanding, and not overpowering. A very clean taste to the dish, with the natural flavor of the halibut coming through strongly. Other flavors did not dominate the dish.
shrimp tempura maki: I don't know what Morimoto does to his rice, but it was awesome! Not at all like sushi rice I've had before at other places, (yasuda, etc...) But unique and delicious. The asparagus provides just a slight refreshing crunch to the roll. Really good! We both were sad when it was gone, and could have ordered another one. (If we didn't mind the bill rapidly approaching the $300 mark!)
dessert was ok, but nothing all that special. The berry tart was especially nondescript. Chocolate brownie was a little better.
Overall, we loved everything we ate. Dessert was the lowest point in the meal, but not especially bad. Just not especially great either. Prices are, in general, crushingly expensive I thought. Yes, I know, I know, it's what one expects to pay for a restaurant like this one, in Manhattan. However, over three dollars for an oyster is expensive no matter what you're gonna say. Service, by the way, was pretty good we thought. All of the staff seemed very collected and at-ease. Our server was knowledgable and prompt. The low point in service was at the end of the meal, after dessert, and after the aged sake. We were waiting for someone to appear so we could ask for the check. No-one appeared for what seemed like a very long time. Finally I was able to make eye contact with our waitperson and request the bill, which them came promptly. Didn't really like the prolonged delay in asking for the bill though. No matter, I didn't let it affect the tip (too much.
Anyway, we definately plan on returning. Next time I want to get the omakase and sit at the o. bar. My impression was, basically that it's a trendy trendy place that will make a crapload of money serving very good and tasty food, and charging somewhat more than they should for it.