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Posted by Michelle on 03/05/2008
I took two friends to Sushi Yasuda to give them the true experience of sushi. We sat at the counter and I ordered (in Japanese). The sushi was of good quality and they have variety. However, upon requesting a special roll, I was flat out refused by the sushi chef. I was not ordering anything ludicrous, just a roll that is very typical Japanese. I was told that they just don't do it (even though they have the ingredients there). In addition, my friend went to dip his gari (ginger) in the soy sauce and was yelled at by Yasuda-san himself. Instead of graciously recommending to the customer that the gari is better on its own (as a polite, professional sushi chef would do), he scolded my friend at the counter. I would never return to such an insulting place.
Posted by Mizy kim on 03/02/2008
This place is recommended for true raw fish lovers. You will truly savor every bite!! The service was great. The waiters are well educated on all the fishes and will help you decide on the right dish to fit your palette. If the season is right, make sure to get the Uni and Toro. It will melt in your mouth. Mmm~
Posted by elena on 02/13/2008
back from dinner @Sushi Yasuda, and must rave all about it. this is truly a fantastic place: from gracious attentive service, to wonderfully modern and clean interior, to delectable fresh food. the prices are extremely reasonable - dinner for 2 was $80 with service and all. we ordered 2 different prix fixe choices - my husband got a salad with the sashimi entree (fresh fish over ginger rice) and i had their grilled sea bass also with salad. since this place is so well-known for sushi, i added a maki roll to my dinner and was really pleased with it - it had a nice kick of wasabi and was super fresh. we also had green tea ice-cream for dessert - two enormous scoops of deliciousness. the only downside is that this is not the kind of place where you can linger for hours - we were told in advance that the table had to be turned over within 2 hrs which was perfectly fine but this is smth you might want to consider, especially if dining out with a larger group. you'd be foolish to miss this gem. we loved it and will definitely go back.
Posted by ASL on 01/17/2008
I live near Sushi Yasuda and come here at least twice a month. OK, lets begin with the understanding that people who just want giant slabs of fish on rice should not dare come to this establishment. I really don't understand why people believe this place is so expensive. You can get the sushi matsu (12 pieces and half a roll) for $34. So order 2 of them. If you are still full after 24 pieces, a roll, and maybe an appetizer you should just go to an all you can eat buffet. I usually do an appetizer, the sushi matsu, and order about five more speciality pieces. I consider myself to have a large appetite. Sushi Senin charges at least $15-$20 for their rolls now. Give me a break. Sushi Seki does not compare to Yasuda. It is not even close. People actually sit at the sushi bar at Yasuda. Most importantly, the quality of ingredients is far superior to most places in the city. The sushi rice, variety of fish, quality of the nori are some of the main reasons this place is one of the best sushi joints in the city. Yasuda actually makes his own tamago. Too many places do not take pride in making sushi in NYC but this place does. My only negative is that the meal is quick and usually lasts about 1 hour when we sit at the sushi bar. The staff is very nice.
Posted by Fishman29 on 01/03/2008
I'm not quite sure what kind of person would go to sushi yasuda and order Omakase. Oh wait...a person who knows absolutely nothing about how to maximize the restaurant's potential. Sushi Yasuda is designed around sitting at the sushibar and ordering the best pieces of fish from around the world from a knowledgeable and fun server who can direct you to the pieces of fish that you like the best. A small hint of this is that there are barely any tables in the restaurant!! I've been to sushi yasuda about 5 or 6 times now and it gets better every time. I always leave not only full, but more satisfied then I have ever been after any meal. In fact, most of the fun in going involves ordering each piece individually, watching it prepared to perfection, then savoring each perfect morsel while i plan my next piece. This also helps justify the price since you are getting so much individual service that you can directly benefit from. I feel like each time I go I'm taking a masterclass in fish preparation. I can think of nothing stupider then going in and just asking for a plate of fish to be set in front of me. Anyone complaining that they were overcharged simply doesn't know how to order. I normally pay 75 bucks, including plum wine, and i have never once regretted paying one cent, nor have I ever left feeling anything but satisfied. The rolls are the best I've ever had and only cost 8 or 9 bucks. Clearly we're going for the pieces of fish, but when you order piece by piece if you sprinkle a couple roles in between two people you can definitely cut down on the price while still tasting everything on the menu. Simply put, Sushi Yasuda is by far the best sushi I've ever tasted and it is certainly not overpriced for the quality, which is unmatched. Yasuda is the best.
Posted by Sam on 12/18/2007
I went here with a friend and he said once I tried Yasuda I would be spoiled for sushi in New York forever. Thankfully he was wrong. I found the place a little up market which is fair enough. Although I came straight from work and got the impression that the staff didn't approve of the white hoody I was wearing. It felt like the sort of place low key celebs and rich locals like to eat in. We went for the omakase and the selection of fish was good and incredibly fresh. Everything tasted like it had just come out of the sea. Very clean but actually not really to my taste. I was too afraid to put any soy or wasabi on my pieces because of reviews I read on here. So I went with the seasoning that the chef put on. And it wasn't enough. The chef was nice and the waitress was lovely but I left still hungry. And to those who say you should savour the food and not be greedy, well i spent about $150, and I'm not gluttonous, I only weigh 95 pounds and it wasn't enough. The prices are the same as other sushi places, but the portions are half. So yeah if you have a ton of cash to blow and want a little snack, go to Yasuda. Since then I found a joint that HAS spoiled sushi in NY for me, that place is Sushi Seki, again i went omakase and every mouth was sheer bliss and perfectly sesaoned.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2007
I heard that they marinade the fish before they serve it to us. Chef Yasuda, said that this is the "standard way". I was just curious, how Yasuda's fish is the best I ever tasted in nyc. I think its all in the way it is marniated. I wouldn't be surprised, if it was marniated with some butter, or something that just tastes so good, that this whole city keeps on coming back for more. Even nobu, or sushi garu can't compete. It is 100% the way he marinades this fish, don't be fooled and think that he just cuts this fish and it taste so incredible with him not doing anything to it first. He has this secret marninade recipe that he got the whole city talking about this place, so why not charge a fortune. I sat down with him and my husband, and just so we could be stuffed, and with a saki it cost $300. As I said, when we eat this sushi it just all tastes too good. Does anyone else have an idea of what is going on here?