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Posted by Smashley Floffman on 06/28/2009
In response to @Magsvaleria below, what you describe there is not poor customer service, but rather poor customer participation on your part. You don't go to Yasuda to do whatever your gaijin-self wants, you go to Yasuda to be treated to his exacting practices; that means no wasabi in your soy sauce, no ginger dressing, and no other special requests that set you apart in an unflattering and disrespectful way. Diners who expect to have their every whim catered (this includes BS requests like adding ingredients to dishes or requesting an alternative cooking method (i.e. "can you steam this instead of grilling it?") are missing the point, the chef is essentially presenting you with his vision of what will taste the best...and shouldn't you take his word for it? After all, he's a chef and you are not. If you want to dip your sushi in ginger dressing, go somewhere that doesn't give a hoot about the integrity of their product.
Posted by John Zidziunas on 04/30/2009
I went to Sushi Yasuda for my first time last week. I went with my brother, who probably takes sushi more serious than anyone I know. Through a friend's recommendation, we were able to sit at Yasuda's "station" at the corner of the bar. As some other reviewer described it, "the place looks like a wooden sake box." The vibe was definitely very 'zen', which we enjoyed. Unlike other sushi restaurants, we did not order anything (except excellent Japanese beers). Yasuda selected our entire dinner by walking us through different stages: first shell fish (live clam, oysters etc.), then live urchin, various tunas, wild salmons, livers (including oyster liver?), and yellow tail. I found this sushi experience like no other, mainly because the unspoken rule is not to dip your fish in soy sauce or use chopsticks. Not to mention the clear difference in taste between Yasuda's fish and sauces, and all of the other places you've tried in the City. Yasuda gives you the impression that you are there to follow his ways (i.e. eating the fish from right to left) and eat the fish in the sauces he provides w/out doing your usual dips of wasabi and soy. I would not recommend this place to those who are not experienced and cannot tolerate exotic fish livers, live clams and urchins. Its extremely expensive and probably will go unappreciated, particularly with all the rules and traditions being enforced. Overall, my brother and I agreed Yasuda's was the greatest sushi experience we ever had - and also the most expensive (i.e. $425 w/out tip).
Posted by Magsvaleria on 04/20/2009
So I am one of those weirdoes that like to eat my sushi dipped in ginger dressing not a far fetched request in most sushi restaurant except for this one. When I asked the waitress for my ginger dressing on the side with my order she refused. I asked her why she said it was against policy. I asked her why she proceeds to give me back the menu and told me to read the first page. Mind you the first page is like 5 paragraphs long describing how sushi is eaten. I did not read it and placed the menu down on table. They gave our salads first that come with our entree. We left the dressing and salad untouched so I can use the dressing for my sushi. Then the manager comes over to our table and explained that they want to keep custom and tradition in the way sushi is eaten. It explained it is eaten with soy sauce. He also proceeded to explain to me that their fish is "exquisite" and should be eaten according to tradition. Therefore we should stop playing the waiting game with out ginger dressing that we were holding out for our salad. I then replied and said I understand where you are coming from but if I was in Japan I would eat the way Japanese do and I am in New York now so I eat my sushi the way I want to eat it.He said yes but that our fish is really good and should be eaten according to custom. I told me what would happen if we refuse to eat the way they want us to eat it. He was a little taken back by this and he then proceeded to say they would ask the customers to leave without pay. My friend and I discussed this right in front of him and I was thinking whether I should comply then I said no. I want to eat sushi a certain way I should be allowed to and not be forced into doing what this restaurant wants me to do. What a tyrannical restaurant! We did the unexpected and told them we were leaving. We left the restaurant without paying for drinks. They are demanding, forceful and think the customer is there to please them instead of thinking that you are there to be pleased.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2009
The sushi here is the absolute best in NYC. The experience of eating it the way they recommend (little soy sauce, dot of wasabi, ginger in between pieces) helps you really appreciate and enjoy the flavors of each type of fish. I never wanted to know what the fish tasted like at other sushi restaurants!
Posted by A on 12/12/2008
The best sushi in NY. Period. Freshest fish imaginable in perfect, bite sized pieces. Don't screw everything up with too much soy sauce and wasabi. Just let the rolls melt into your mouth, especially the Toro roll. Its almost a crime to chew!
Posted by ally's dad on 12/08/2008
I have known "Master" Yasuda for over twenty years, since his days at Hatsuhana. He is calming, funny in a Japanese way, and , simply put a sushi genius with uncompromising standards.The restaurant looks like a wooden sake box, with you as Gulliver, on the inside salavating over tiny morsels of perfect fish. Understanding that Zagat gives this a "28," forget the crowds, get a reservation or come in late at lunch or dinner. When you reserve, ask to sit with Yasuda to get the full experience. The fish is perfect, his knowledge of the cuisine and its souces is remarkable and his memory of your past orders transcends all reality. In addition to the sushi/sashimi, try the hot food including the tea dusted shrimp and the sake black cod - both cooked and incredible. Perfection doesn't come cheap, but look at it this way, a great meal with Yasuda is about 30% of going to that other place in Time Warner! Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad
Posted by Anonymous on 09/12/2008
This place had the freshest sushi I've tasted so far. I did not have to chew at all! The service is very good, you will not have to wait unlike other restaurants where you have to wait to be seated although you have a reservation. The chefs are very tentative to your needs, they'll ask you if the amount of wasabi suits you, how to enjoy different types of sushi and give you recommendations. I personally didn't think it was overpriced, it's well worth your money.