Matsuri means 'festival' in Japanese -- gatherings of family, friends and communities that take place throughout the year. Whether celebrating the harvest, holidays, children, flowers or the stars, matsuri is a time to shake off the serious business of life and to enjoy the pleasure of company. In Japan, Matsuri is a state of mind where any day can be turned into a celebration. It's a sensibility that has inspired Matsuri and the dishes we serve. Matsuri introduces a world of cooking beyond its amazing sushi selection. Exuberant, fun and stylish, Matsuri also ushered in a Japanese tapas cuisine, a procession of plates anything but fussy: ingredient driven, modern but informed by tradition, flavorful, surprising, sophisticated and utterly engaging. Late night, Matsuri's Sakana menu of Japanese small plates compliment a wide selection of sake and shochu. With New York's only sake sommelier, Matsuri's sake selection is the largest in the city.