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Posted by Anonymous on 12/14/2004
After living in Tokyo for several years, I was on a sushi hunt when I returned to NYC. I am not one to add fuel to the fire, and I kept this place as secret as possible before it hit Zagat's, but the word is out. This is the best here. Four varieties of yellowtail? Please. Omakase served at the bar by Yasuda will 1) impress your date, 2) ruin you for any other sushi place, and 3) leave your credit card on fire. For nitpickers, the atmosphere is Scandinavian modern, not Japanese traditional, but this odd flaw is easily overcome by the quality of food and service.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2004
I enjoyed the omakase and though it was prepared by SY's #2, the rate was first class. The detail to preparation, a drop of lemon and a grain of salt for example, is the perfect accompaniment to the flawless fish, shellfish and eel. When it's the best it doesn't need to be drowned in sticky sauces and globs of mayo. I have had sushi all over the country and Sushi Yasuda is simply - in all respects - the best.
Posted by George on 10/04/2004
Sushi Yasuda is the real thing. Raised in Tokyo, I have had the opportunity to enjoy real Edo-Mae sushi and Yasuda san's technique is right up there with the best. It is a treat to sit at his counter and enjoy his Nigiri. I recommend this place to any Sushi Connoisseur. Yasuda san no osushi wa umai.
Posted by Tom on 09/28/2004
This place is all about exquisite fish and rice. If you are looking for some thing more creative this is not the place for you (Try Sushi of Gari for wonderful and creative sushi with other sauces and toppings). But, if you love perfect fresh fish, excellent rice and a light painting of soy sauce you will not find better in NYC.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/09/2004
I've been to eaten plenty of japanese cuisines in my lifetime and i must say, Sushi Yasuda has some of the best sushi i've ever had. It is amazing. It's a must try, you'd be foolish to miss out on a restaurant with great ambiance and amazing service. Get seated by the bar served by Chef Yasuda himself. It is an experience worth every dollar you pay.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/06/2004
Best sushi I have ever had by far. The sushi rice was amazing. I had the following which was all great: king salmon, white salmon, arctic char, salmon, toro, 4 kinds of eel, yellowtail, mackerel-ginger roll, toro-scallion roll, tamago, and shrimp-custard which is a little like tamago with shrimp. Make sure you get Yasuda at the sushi bar.
Posted by Fulminating on 04/01/2004
Went here for my bday last year and it was easily one of my favorite meals in nyc. If you're going to go, splurge for the omakase ($125+) at the sushi bar. Yasuda is famous for its rice, so get the sushi and be sure to get the anago (sea eel)--freshly grilled for you! I eat a lot of sushi and the only sushi restaurant that *might* be better is kuruma, but then again, it's more than twice as expensive at $700 for two!