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Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2013
I have gone to Sasabune many a time. We made reservations for 7pm, but were called to arrive earlier as they were overbooked. We were seated at 6:45pm and were told we had the table until 8pm. Before we even were given ice water, we were thrown three courses and by 7:14 all of the courses had been topped on each other and by 7:31 they told us to move tables even though we were still eating and finishing a $100 bottle of sake. The waiter came to our table every two minutes thereafter to ask us to move. We were up from the table at 7:44 and when I complained that a $450 bill merited a bit more courtesy, the owner chef told me "you want to eat my sushi, this is what you get." Please tell me how this is civilized let alone acceptable.
Posted by Jeffrey on 07/18/2011
Food was great,service was very good. presentation was wonderful; Only one complaint. For the people at the bar (Slow down) give us gaijin a moment or two to enjoy what we are eating before you put the next course down. Would very much like to go back and eat a meal that takes more then 1 hour to complete
Posted by UWS Gastronome on 01/06/2011
I was admittedly skeptical when friends lured me to this modest UES sushi restaurant for my birthday dinner. The assurances that it was the "best sushi in New York" seemed over the top. However, the sushi was truly stellar. The fish was very, very fresh. Each piece of nigiri was so perfectly seasoned that I really needed neither the soy sauce nor the wasabi. The uni (sea urchin) from Catalina Island was the best I have ever had, while the toro (fatty bluefin tuna) practically melted in my mouth. Moreover, there was neither the pretension of my former favorite sushi restaurant in New York, Yasuda, nor the need to wait forever for a reservation of overrated Nobu. The restaurant's motto is "Today's Special: Trust Me" refers to its omakase (chef's selection) menu. The confidence was well placed -- Chef Takahashi really has achieved the new gold standard for sushi in New York City.
Posted by Sushi Lover on 11/30/2010
If you love sushi then you won't care what the place looks like if all you care about is getting your fix. This place has hands down the freshest melt in your mouth fish in all of NYC. I've been to them all Blue Ribbon, Yasuda, Tomoe, Gari, etc. The whole place is omakase, you don't get menu and you don't order until after the omakase is done and you want more. You may walk out of there with a hole in your pocket but it is worth every single bite. Trust me.
Posted by uwsgirl10024 on 09/19/2010
I'm still upset by the service we received at Sasabune tonight. I've been to the restaurant before and had a lovely time and savored the delicious morsels of sushi. However, tonight, the service was just horrible, to the point that it was just plain rude and obnoxious. My friends and I sat down at 9:15 and by 10pm all our courses had been served. The staff did not even try to hide the fact that they were rushing us out. Each course was served so quickly that I hardly had time to breathe, much less to enjoy the food. By the fifth course I couldn't keep up and just had to stop eating for a few minutes, but rather than wait for me to finish, the wait staff kept bringing out the next course. By the end, I had three different courses in front of me. If you truly believe that your food is the best and the freshest, wouldn't you want the person eating it to enjoy every bite, every taste? We were not given the opportunity to taste anything tonight. For $100/person, we deserved better service than the fast food service we received tonight. If you don't want people to sit down at 9pm, then don't take the reservation. I'm upset I didn't say anything to the restaurant staff. But, I'll say it on Menupages and all the other restaurant sites. I want my money back!
Posted by Jon on 01/29/2010
Posted by CMS on 10/02/2009
I had never had omakase sushi before so I was a little wary of the whole "trust me" concept, but I was quickly won over. The food here is incredible and I appreciated them telling me which to eat with wasabi or which sauce goes with what. Yes, $200 for two people plus sake & tip is expensive, but honestly I can't wait to come back here. The decor leaves you wanting, but the food trumps all.