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Posted by Jeff C. on 03/02/2013
This is by far the freshest sushi in manhattan. Flying in their fish daily and having experienced sushi chefs make yasuda second to none. Going to any other sushi restaurant afterwards is nearly impossible . It is authentic so make sure you like fish when you go. Also make sure to order off the prix fixe menu. 25 dollars for 5 pieces sushi and two rolls plus soup or salad. Try it out you will not be dissapointed!
Posted by Joe N on 09/27/2012
The service was poor the food was poor and the bill was pathetic how expensive it was! I guess they thought I was a tourist but this place was so over priced it was a joke and I eat everywhere. I recommend not eating there!
Posted by Taranee Fox on 06/27/2012
This is the best place to satisfy your sushi madness. The ambiance is very cool, very cozy and artistic. Nice place to dine in. The service is excellent, very accommodating crew. I would love to come back
Posted by ally's dad on 08/11/2011
Had lunch with Mitsu - who took over since Yasuda's departure for Japan. The essence of simplicity, freshness and warmth of the chef. While the prices are high, the quality is higher. Servers all had smiles and did all to please. If you love sushi, give yourself a well needed break and go! Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad p.s. The hot tea powder flashed prawns and the saki black cod are knockouts
Posted by Frustrated would-be diner on 06/10/2011
I've eaten at Yasuda a few times and always found the food to be good but the service poor - the reservationists are incredibly rude and it doesn't get much better once you arrive. Today, we got to the restaurant 5 minutes late for our lunch reservation, only to find they'd given our table away. They claimed we were 10 minutes late and that was unacceptable. After arguing with me about this for five minutes, the maitre d showed me his watch to prove me wrong - and it STILL wouldn't have put us arriving 10 minutes late! So basically, they gave away our table after THREE minutes. Unheard of at any good restaurant in NY and even worse as I was on a business lunch. When we requested logical solutions like putting together two tables to accomodate us, they were having none of it. Eventually, he said 'I'm not talking to you anymore. You won't eat lunch here today. I will not serve you' and stood silently like a child even though we were respectful and trying to be constructive the whole time. This restaurant should be seriously embarrassed at the rudeness of its staff. The best food in the world would not make up for the experience of giving away a table after three minutes and then acting like it's the customer's fault.
Posted by Hoze on 05/22/2011
I´ve been a sushichef for nearly 10 years, I´ve had my share of sushi, and have eaten at some of the best in Japan. This just didnt cut it. The technique was flawless, the pieces where uniquely made, but the fish didnt cut it, nor in temperature wise or taste. The taste of the rice was good, it got a very tokyo style sting to it, though the rice was not properly prepared. It was starchy. Atmosphere at Yasuda is flawless and you can see the sushi chefs have their own personalities as you can see some of them laugh, and some of them just stare grin at you. I think that the reason Yasuda has such a pretty high rating is the personality of the chefs and how the restaurant handles its nazi style reservation system. It was simply put not the grade of sushi I was looking for from such a well rumored restaurant.
Posted by ally's dad on 01/26/2011
Ate here for the first time since Yasuda's departure. In fact he left this am for Japan. His hand picked protege was at the head chef's station and handled his responsibilities perfectly. While noone had Yasuda's dry Japanese wit coming across in English, or his scary memory, the young man was solicitous, knowlegable and his prparation would make the master proud. Sushi Yasuda has not lost a step and if your wallet can take it, see what still seems to be controlled like a deux ex machina by the master. Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad