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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.
Posted by Arthur on 09/10/2008
I just don't get people on here sometimes. The lame criticism about size and time constraints and whatever... This place is the best sushi in NYC. Plain and simple. You just won't find a better experience in the quality of fish and experience. You may not notice if you're obsessed with trying to get bigger slices of fish or want a philadelphia roll or want to chill out for 2+ hours. Just shut up, keep an open mind and experience the orgy of deliciousness. It's not about huge portions or "being full", it's about sushi the way it's supposed to be done. You don't need to go here if you're not into it. (It'll make my reservations easier to get!!) As for the chef telling people how to eat....that's also what you're paying for. I hate that american attitude of "I'm paying, I'll do what I like". This attitude is why the rest of the world hates us. You're going there for a full experience, not just to eat some fish. So respect the culture, and eat it the way the chef envisioned it when he made it. As for the time limits....it's a small place and they need to get people in and out to make money. They are always up front about how long you have, don't be surprised. The people who b*tch about it are the same people who would probably go off on a host/hostess if they got there in time for the reservation and was then told to wait. You can't have it both ways. I like knowing that I make a reservation for 9:15 and I will be seated then. So I'm happy to respect the next person who will occupy my seat as well. This place is the best, hands down, bar none. I'm happy that some people are saying they won't come back. Tell your friends not to go too. There's plenty of us around to keep the restaurant busy, and I like getting my reservations.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/01/2008
Good that they kick people out after a certain amount of time. Don't need people hanging out for two hours after they're done with their food. Sushi very fresh. About as good as you're going to get outside Japan.
Posted by Gizmo on 07/15/2008
I think I have had sushi at almost every single restaurant in NYC and this is by far the best. Where else can you get 5 maturation stages of hamachi or 4 types of trout? Each sushi and sashimi come in a perfect bite size unlike those unsightly Jaws-sized Yama sushi. And the fish in your mouth just melts like butter in your mouth while bursting with flavor This place is for the epicurean purists who love the taste of fish and shellfish rather than those commercialized rolls with sauces and granishes you'll find at sushi samba, et al. The decor is very minimalist and has a bamboo-filled zen-quality to it. It's relatively bright by NYC standard so you can see what you're eating. The service is superb and the chefs and waiters are very attentive, courteous and knowledgeable. Sometimes, they are perhaps just too attentive that you wish they would back off (I felt like they were hovering and kept on interrupting our conversation). This is not a big-group, party place. It's a place to focus completely on your sushi. Enjoy!
Posted by Jimm Y on 07/07/2008
Bit too expensive for my taste. If they had bigger portions I would've enjoyed it more. Something like Edo style sushi is considerably bigger than your typical Japanese restaurant portions, so I don't believe in the notion that sushi = always small. P.S. to Michelle @ bottom review: I think you kinda asked for it. You treated the restaurant like a typical Americanized urban Japanese restaurant. I was able to tell that these guys had a lot of pride in their work and to authentic traditional Japanese cuisine. Too bad they over charge. Asking for a special roll in a fine dining sushi restaurant is like asking for 'French fries' in a French restaurant. And from what I've gathered, a roll is more of a commercialized, urbanized version of Japanese food than actual authentic fine dining. So you did kinda insult them. Granted they shouldn't have acted out like that. But just saying, they had a reason.