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Matsugen - 90 Reviews - 241 Church St, New York, NY - Chinese Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 925-0202


241 Church St (at at Leonard St.)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-0202
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Matsugen - New York, NY
Matsugen - New York, NY
Matsugen - New York, NY


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This restaurant is great- I tried their cod (melted in my mouth) and soba. The best thing on the menu is sushi/sashimi it is so fresh that it seems to melt in your mouth like butt...


The ambiance is actually very nice. Relaxed, airey, not too pretenious. The cocktails are great must have the Wan Chai!!! Wine list is strong and moderatley pricedThe service is o...


This restaurant is great- I tried their cod (melted in my mouth) and soba. The best thing on the menu is sushi/sashimi it is so fresh that it seems to melt in your mouth like butter! SOOOOOO GOOD! I cannot wait to go back there again!!!!! Pros: great food, great service, romantic more

Bad soba, not for people who know Japanese food 8/4/2009

Matsugen was formerly ""66"" restaurant, another Jean-Georges attempt at upscale Asian cuisine. I ate here for restaurant week dinner and it was nearly empty - I guess everyone else already knew what I was about to find out. Let me preface this with I've been to Japan and am very familiar with its cuisine, my date is Japanese and lived in Tokyo for 20 years. I do admit that some of the items were rather good such as the soft tofu appetizer, tempura and the miso cod - but no one goes here for this, its about the soba right? (more about that later) The tuna sushi and seaweed salad were ok, but nothing special. The green tea pudding dessert was also OK but it had more of a liquid consistency closer to a thick soup. On the other hand the edamame was covered in too much pepper which made it unusual and nearly too spicy to enjoy. The attractive teapot holding the green tea hid a tea bag of questionable quality which produced green colored water with no flavor. At first I thought it had not been steeped long enough, but it did not improve with time. The worst green tea I have ever been served. My primary issue with the food was with the soba, which is supposed to be the specialty and the main reason for going here. The hot soba with duck was just fair, much better can be had many other places. The cold soba tasted raw enough in the middle that we both thought they made a mistake in preparing it. After sending it back for another bowl which was the same, we pushed it aside and left it uneaten. We asked the waiter, when we could find him later, about this and he said many people like this style. After explaining that we are familiar with soba and Japanese cuisine he conceded that this was more of a Korean style preparation. If I wanted Korean style noodles I would have gone to K-town and not searched out a Japanese Soba restaurant. Basically, Matsugen failed to deliver soba to justify its claim as an upscale soba specialty restaurant or warrant its prices, and overall its just not that great of a Japanese restaurant. I cannot think of a reason to recommend Matsugen considering the better alternatives at more reasonable prices. Also, if you dined at ""66"" the décor is EXACTLY the same down to the tables, chairs and fish tank, the only thing that changed is the banners above the sushi bar and the menu. Pros: Close to the Franklin Street Subway Cons: Bad Soba - Overpriced, inauthentic food more

terrible service and mediocre food, not worth the price 2/19/2009

the service was awful: despite a computerized system, the host failed to register that we arrived until we had to remind them after 30 min; our sake flights took at least 30 min to arrive; another couple also had problems with their orders (e.g. soup didn't arrive, etc).... the soba is good but not great. there are excellent small japanese restaurants specializing in soba around st. marks square for the same price range, with service 10x better. on a positive note, we did receive a complimentary dessert b/c of complaints about the service and miscommunication between wait staff/kitchen/bar. but the service just left a bitter after taste Pros: cool atmosphere if you like the generic, minimalist design that most restaurants like to copy Cons: service, food is sub-par or average considering the price more

Best Authentic Japanese *** 3 - Stars *** 10/27/2008

If you are looking for tasty Authentic Japanese food, this is exactly the place to be. Jean-George created a fabulous Japanese restaurant in the former 66 house. The food was amazing, The service was incredible. It is worth every penny.\r \r Recommended dishes:\r \r Shrimp Cake App.\r Waygu Beef Grill\r Duck Hot Soba\r more

A Great Restaurant with Ambiance 4/11/2007

Do not miss this wonderful restaurant with very a very unusual and outstanding array of flavors! The ambiance is sensational, and the service couldn't have been better. DO NOT MISS THIS RESTAURANT WHILE IN NEW YORK! Pros: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING!! more

Very chic, good food, limited menu 3/16/2007

Nice restaurant, I liked the decor a lot. I know its a special menu but it could use a little bit more variety I felt, or have some daily specials. The service was great, however just the hostess and the server. The food runner or expediter person was pretty rude to my friend and it was his birthday so that was a little bit of a damper. I got the Peking Duck and it was good, not amazing or very different but good. The Mojitos are recommended, and my friends enjoyed the Shrimp Dumplings a lot too. more

Great Food 1/24/2007

This place is great, surely among my 66 all time favorites. Jean Georges has truly outdone himself on this one: the drinks are masterful and the entrees tickle the pallet. more


Was very surprized to see so many bad reviews...\r In my opinion every restaurant has food that certain people will LOVE or HATE. I was lucky LOVER :) don't hate people, I had those AMAZING GINGER MARGARITAS, absolutely awesome two flavored shrimp (I don't know what they put in it, but you don't want the flavor to leave your mouth!!!). Server was very nice, even though I have to admit that she was dissappearing for quite a while from time to time. The atmosphere was very calm, quite and nice, we were sat in front of aquaruim, and you can see kitchen staff cooking your meal behind the glass :)\r I was too full for desert (we've had 4 appetizers and 2 entrees for two), but deffinately next time!!! Pros: GINGER MARGARITAS (I'm not an alcholic!) Cons: slow service more

AVOID this overhyped place. 8/16/2006

Quite possibly one of the most overhyped restaurants I have ever been to. The decor is OK in some places but it depends largely on where you sit, overall it is not that great and people in search of ambiance could easily find much nicer or more trendy places.\r \r The food is on par with the WORST take out chinese I have had from a shopping mall food court. Combine that with the price of being about 3x more expensive than the exception Chinese food that is a few blocks over and I have no idea why anyone would go to 66. I would have sent back every course I ordered to the kitchen if I could find the waiter, which brings me to the service.\r \r The service is largely absent, except to drop the food on the table and then disappear again for 30 minutes at a time. My food jumped off the plate because it was dropped so hard on the table, which in retrospect, I wish it jumped off the plate and onto the floor so I didn't have to eat it.\r \r Overall, obviously I would say to avoid 66 at all costs, unless you want some of the worst food and service you can get so you can feel better about going to McDonald's. Maybe the drinks are good? I would have tried them if I could find my waiter but glad that I didn't waste any more money here. Pros: Close enough to leave and walk to China Town for good food Cons: Disgusting food, offensive service, overhyped decor more

Average at best. 4/21/2006

While I love Jean Georges other restaurants, I was not that impressed with 66. We made reservations for a late Friday night and ended up waiting about 40 minutes for a table which wasn't too bad. However, the table was in a bad area and we could barely hear ourselves so we asked to move to the huge commune-style table. We were the only ones there besides a group of guys all the way at the other end which was great. I had wanted to go mostly for their pork buns which I'd heard from a friend were great, but they aren't even on the menu anymore. The food we did order wasn't anything special but at least cheaply priced. With two drinks each, a few appetizers, a meal each (for 2) and dessert, we ended up spending about $140 after tip. Not bad, but not highly recommended either. Pros: food, drinks, service Cons: no pork buns, long wait more

So Yummy! 3/16/2006

I was at 66 and was very impressed. I went with group of friends and had a lot of fun with the family style meals. We all ended up staying until almost closing time drinking in the lounge. The atmosphere was very chic, and the food was delicious. I liked the food so much I've now started ordering from their takeout menu for lunch. more

Delicious! 3/9/2006

I went to 66 the other night with a group of my friends for my birthday. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautifully designed ambience and delicious food. There's nothing else like this in NY. I really enjoyed the family-style presentation of the food. The food tasted super fresh. I still felt like I was eating traditional Chinese food only elevated in quality. It's so nice to have this Chinese experience in a chic, sophisticated beautiful environment. Some friends of mine who live in the neighborhood say it's the best Chinese food they've ever had! Pros: food, service, atmosphere more

Total Hype 2/14/2006

Mistake was going to this restaurant based on reviews for Valetines Day. Overpriced chinese food where you can go 5 blocks, get less salty food, and pay 3/4 of the price charged. Asked for recommendations, waitress said read everything on the menu which already wasn't to unique. The only thing nice was the Decor but didn't go there to pay for scenery. Utterly, dissatisfied. Pros: decor Cons: overpriced, bad service, salty food more

great experience 2/7/2006

Great atmosphere, impeccable service, a very different concept in a city where everybody else follows the leader. Yumcha and Kittichai don't shake a stick at Jean Georges Vongerichten. Clean, dynamic, and refreshing inspired dishes made my dinner a memorable one. Service was always around but never in the way. I can't order Chinese take-out the same way ever again. p.s., check out the long table!! Pros: sleek and modern, dark and seductive, FISH TANKS Cons: gets too busy more

So Disapointed 1/31/2006

I took a date here during restaraunt week, and I was totally disappointed. The entrees tasted like microwaveable meals, the appetizers were ordinary, the sauces seemed like they came from a bottle, and the dessert was worse than packaged food. Overall I think it was a huge rip off, less enjoyable than the local take out joint down the street and four times as expensive. more

Very Disappointing! 1/29/2006

I went to 66 with a group of 8 people on Saturday night. The service had to be one of the worst I have experienced in the city. In addition to one waiter spilling an entree onto one person's back, we received more than one incorrect dish and waited an eternity for sub par food. To complete the experience, after 2+ hours and our plates cleared, we suddenly received one of the missing appetizers we ordered - as we were getting ready to pay the check! The food was overpriced and the service was atrocious. I will not return. Pros: Decor Cons: Terrible Service, Unimpressive food, Small portions more

User review by backto36 1/26/2006

What a great dining experience! I have been to several Jean Georges restaurants many times. Each time has been a delight and with 66 there is no exception. I love the disign, very hip. I went there with 2 friends, we dicided to share dishes so we could taste many of them. we were in haven from appetizers, my favorite was the tuna tartare, to the dim sum,the best was shrimp and foie gras dumpling, and i could go on and on, everything was an explosion of flavors. The service was exceptional, everybody was nice, friendly and professional.(very refreshing in the city!). My only regret is that I didn't go there before, but i'll be back soon. Pros: service, food, decor more

Horrible from start to finish 11/17/2005

I would have expected much better food from a Jean-Georges establishment. The decor is nice but the horrible, snooty service and the bland food made the entire experience a waste of time. Our waiter didn't know anything about the food and couldn't care less about providing good service. On our way out, we complained to the maitre d about the food and even she agreed that there are much better places that we can go to for delicious chinese food. Pros: decor Cons: service, food, price more

Eat Before You Go! 9/15/2005

I wish I had heeded warnings before I decided to go. I took clients there for lunch and we were only the 3rd party there; the place was empty. Our waiter should have really been a bus-boy, because he lacked any interpersonal skills and was extremely aloof. He indicated that the courses were meant to be served ""family style"" but he failed to mention that he meant a ""family"" of ants because we had to order 2 of everything in order to satiate our appetites. I did not find the food impressive in any way, shape or form. Was it even Chinese food? It was dubbed ""Improvisational"" Chinese but with some dishes, even THAT is a bit of a stretch. Jean-Georges really bombed with this one....Don't waste your dollars here. There are far better places to eat. Pros: None, None, None Cons: Marginal Food, Bad Service, Overpriced more

Better than the anti-66 postings say 9/14/2005

66 gets a really bad rap (too expensive for Chinese, poor service, etc), but I've dined there 6 times in 2 years and I've always been impressed by the food. This week I tried a chilled honeydew melon soup with peekytoe crab that knocked my socks off. People should understand that this isn't take-out style Chinese. It's not moo-shoo or chow mein or greasy noodles. It's an upscale American version of Chinese, simple and delightful. I dare you to find a better, lighter egg roll, or more flavorful, spirit-lifting hot and sour soup. Go in with no prejudices and you will love it. more
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  • In the sleek space once housed by 66, Jean-Georges opens a noodle-centric spot in Tribeca.

  • 7/17/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    DINNER Tue-Wed: 5:30pm-11:00pm Thu?Sat: 5:30pm-12:00am Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    Diner's Club, Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Tribeca, Downtown