I've been to Matugen recently and I think it's much better than it was initially. It is still expensive, but the menu is more limited now and the quality I think is better. Perhaps because it's not as crowded as it was when it first opened. I also discovered that they have more to offer than just the soba , which all the hype was about when they opened. Of course i did have the uni soba this time and it was excellent. They now have a good sushi chef, and sushi was really something one didnt consider getting there, but it's worth trying. The chawanmushi was very tasty although not traditional, and lacked mitsuba and ginko nut. They served a natto dish with quail egg, some salmon roe and other things to mix together and place on crisp nori and roll it up yourself. However, beware, the thing in the bottom wooden tray below the nori , is not wasabi or spices,,it is a hot coal ,<OUCH i burnt my fingers, Perhaps I had too much sake, but it sure looked like something to spread on the nori. I recommend Matsugen, in the past I think I gave it a bad review.
241 Church Street, New York, NY 10013