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Famous Chef Is Bringing His Entire Sushi Restaurant in Japan to NYC

Aug. 01, 2019
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Famous Chef Is Bringing His Entire Sushi Restaurant in Japan to NYC
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Mastercard is putting a new spin on its famous catchphrase, "Priceless."

The financial services company is now taking a crack at the world of fine dining with Priceless — An International Culinary Collective. This so-called "restaurant-in-residence" program is basically a trio of pop-ups that are painstaking replicas of famous restaurants from around the world. Priceless opens Thursday, Aug. 2 in New York City, and also includes a food cart experience called Global Market by Chef JJ and Spring Terrace (a reimagining of New York City's Spring Place private membership club).

Reservations for all of the, well, priceless culinary experiences can be booked through OpenTable. And yes, all of them come with an actual — and sometimes quite hefty — price tag.

A promising dining destination designed exclusively for Mastercard holders and globetrotting foodies, the Collective features The Rock from Zanzibar, Tanzania; Teruzushi from Kitakyushu, Japan; and Lyaness from London, United Kingdom.

These restaurants are as close as you'll get to the originals unless you want to buy flights to Europe or Africa. In the case of Teruzushi, they haven't just recreated the iconic sushi restaurant — they actually closed down the restaurant in Japan and shipped the entire thing to the Big Apple.

Teruzushi (photo courtesy of Noah Fecks)

Chef Takayoshi Watanabe is even leaving Japan to create an exclusive sushi experience at Teruzushi each night, which is limited to 12 guests, twice a night. (He also has quite an impressive Instagram following.) The 16-course omakase menu costs a cool $395 per person.

We aren't quite sure if Priceless can successfully capture the feeling of being at The Rock in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Replicating a restaurant located off the coast of Africa, surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, is not an easy feat in Manhattan, after all. Hopefully, it's enough to make the concrete jungle feel, well, more like a tropical destination and less like concrete. A six-course tasting menu here costs $135 per person.

For serious drink lovers, there's award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana — better known as "Mr Lyan" — who will serve expertly-crafted cocktails at Lyaness. The cover price of $50 includes two drinks from the Lyaness Drink Menu. Smaller plates are available as well, but we'd be excited to sip on the Purple Pineapple, the Lyaness Martini or even the Double Painkiller, the latter of which features two rums, coconut aquavit, banana and citrus.

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Lyaness (Photo courtesy of Noah Fecks).

In addition to the three transported restaurants, Priceless is also home to the Global Market Rooftop and Spring Terrace. At the Global Market, chef JJ Johnson will dish out small plates from gourmet food carts. For $60 per person, the reservation includes three dishes, one dessert and a drink.

And at the Spring Terrace, executive chef Fabio Bano will present his signature coastal Mediterranean fare, typically reserved for members of the private club, Spring Place, in TriBeCa.

There is one catch: Guests can only pay with a Mastercard or cash. Luckily, Mastercard has no shortage of cards that can help you maximize a splurge at Priceless. The Citi Premier® Card earns you 3x points per dollar at restaurants, and if you’re still in the sign-up bonus period, the possible 80,000 ThankYou Rewards points (worth $1,360 based on TPG valuations) after spending $4,000 in the first three months could be incentive enough.

With the Citi Prestige, you’ll earn 5x ThankYou points on dining, and you can transfer those points to Citi’s 16 travel partners, including Air France/KLM Flying Blue, Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer, Virgin Atlantic and more. The annual fee is $400 more than the Citi Premier, but the Citi Prestige also offers its 4th Night Free hotel benefit that gives you a fourth night free on paid hotel stays of four nights or more, and you’ll still earn 3x points for booking the hotel with your Prestige card. So, if New York City isn’t your home base and you're coming to sample Priceless from out of town, the Citi Prestige could really pay off.

You can also earn 4% cash back on dining purchases with the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card — also a Mastercard. The card has a $95 annual fee. The information for the Capital One Savor Cash Rewards Credit Card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

If you need another incentive to splurge, Mastercard will donate one cent to Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) when cardholders spend $10 or more for dining out.

Featured image by Noah Fecks
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Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more