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Posted by Anonymous on 07/24/2005
My husband and I were served omakase by Yasuda himself. The occasion was our 1 year wedding anniversary. We couldn't have asked for anything more. The meal was absolute perfection from the first to the last piece. It was one of the best if not THE best meal my husband and I have ever had. Each piece was progressively more delicious. The pieces were so fresh and so unique. We had a special oyster only available from Washington state, a salmon roe which is only available 3 weeks out of the year and a New Zealand trout that was just phenomenal! Each piece is perfectly seasoned by Mr Yasuda and it simply melts in your mouth. Don't add a drop of soy or wasabi, nothing. Trust the man, he's the master. Yasuda is not for the faint of wallet or for the california roll crowd. The only downside to eating here is that the meal has to come to an end!
Posted by Sushi Lover on 07/12/2005
I've been all over the country (and all over Japan) for sushi, and I really think very few places beat Sushi Yasuda for their quality of fish. If you are a TRUE sushi lover you will absolutely LOVE this place. My favorite Japanese restaurant is Matsuhisa in L.A., but this place (in terms of sushi), is much better. Although it is a bit pricey, I HIGHLY recommend ordering Omakase (chef's special). Mr. Yasuda himself will feed you the most delightful concoctions - all fresh and flown in daily from around the globe!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/25/2005
I always loved sushi/sashimi, and liked some places better than others ... and then Sushi Yasuda blew me away. I've been there twice, it was outstanding both times, and no place I've been to comes close (though I admittedly have not been to many of the "top" places). The fish is extremely flavorful, and "melts in your mouth." I've heard people say that about sashimi before and figured it was just a meaningless saying, but after going to Sushi Yasuda I know exactly what it means. The toro was especially incredible (though at $7/piece, I guess it better be!). The service is as good as the food, and the sushi chef was very friendly as we asked questions about the various pieces of fish we tried, such as the different varities of tuna, and what part of the fish the various cuts come from. On one occasion I arrived right at the end of their lunch period, but were not rushed even though they were preparaing to close the restaurant as they finished. Although more expensive than other sushi I've had, it is so far better that it is worth it on occasion if you want to go for the best quality possible. The fixed price sushi-sashimi combo is a good deal, and includes dessert (also very tasty) for a few more dollars.
Posted by george on 04/26/2005
Edo-mae sushi at it's best, here in New York. What I love about this place is their respect and meticulous nature in preserving the centuries old tradition of Edo Style Sushi. They do it right and it's absolutely great. My guests and I chatted with the Ita-mae (sushi chef) and had a great time trying their seasonal specialties along with their other menu items. I am so glad to have this restaurant here in NY. You are guaranteed to leave a happy man when you get up and leave after a meal.
Posted by Andre on 04/21/2005
I try and go to this place at least once a month. The Sushi is the best I have tasted regardless of cost. Everything concerning food is prefect, perfectly cut, perfectly fresh fish and perfectly prepared rice. Service is very good, and the place extemely pleasant. $100 is not too much for this level of food quality.
Posted by mcf on 03/22/2005
It's rare that I spend $100 on a meal and feel as if I got great value-- but the fish is so incredible at Sushi Yasuda that it's impossible to resent the expenditure. The sushi is perfectly sized, carefully flavored (at the bar, Yasuda applies the soy sauce/lemon juice/salt-- assuring that each piece of fish is served the way it's best), and the rice is magical. Not only is Yasuda a master, but he's also surprising gregarious; it's a true pleasure to sit at his station at the bar and enjoy both his cuisine and his conversation.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/15/2005
I would recommend this place to anyone that likes sushi. A wide variety to choose from and not one that will disappoint. We even tried the sea urchin and were pleasently surprised. Expensive but what in New York isn't? Of the japanese restaurants I've eaten at this one ranks with the best.