Went last night to say hi to Daniel Mondok and have some old faves before the overhaul. Also made a reservation for the chef's table at Roe for GF's b-day in a couple weeks.
Food was great, as ever. Some of Mondok's additions to the menu are just fabulous such as the salt & pepper squid and a special of hamachi ceviche was absoulutely delicious.
But I have to disagree Kernel, and I bet that most of what the 4 of you ate was ramen...because if you are eating ramen, it is easy to fill up cheaply, but if you drink sake and stick to fish/seafood dishes, it's expensive. We shared the squid, ceviche, 2 crab handrolls (1 roll each) and a plate of seared tuna on veggies ribbons in brown butter/nori sauce and 9oz. of sake (one that is less expensive than what we usually drink elsewhere) and the bill was $75.
We were not full, the plates, other than the fried squid, were smallish (the seared tuna was a larger plate, but still not a large serving for $17 or $18) - absolutely delicious food, great ingredients, well-prepared...but not cheap.
It costs what it costs, I am not complaining - but unless you are eating ramen and limit yourself to one beer or don't drink at all, it is not cheap to eat there (unless you have a very small appetite). Whether Roe or Wafu, it's still a splurge for us to eat there.
That said, I am looking forward to the $95pp splurge plus pairings in a couple of weeks...but I am happy to splurge for a special dinner when someone I love turns 50.