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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?
Posted by to in shock and angry on 12/06/2007
you eat too much and are probably obese. Learn to enjoy quality food and stop being so concerned with quantity.
Posted by cm on 11/28/2007
This is a wonderful- real purist sushi place. Get the lunch special- i really really enjoyed it- sit at the sushi bar to feel as if you are in japan. No trendy b.s. here- just straight up amazing fish- you won't get better in the city.
Posted by Annoyed and Angry on 11/17/2007
I don't know where to begin. I was extremely disappointed by this place. This is the first time Zagat has truly disappointed me. After eating at some of the best and finest establishments in the world, including in Japan, this place is nothing! This is the first time in my life that I spent over $200 for dinner and left hungry! We got the omakase, which was 2 COURSES, no dessert even. First we had the sashimi, which was about 8 of the thinnest slices I've ever seen. Then we had about 10 pieces of sushi, which were also the smallest we've ever had at a restuarant, the pieces that come in the plastic containers at take-out places are bigger! Although the fish was fresh and did taste good, it is definitely not worth the price we paid. We left afterwards to go have a decent dinner in grand central. I should have just given them my money at the door and walked out. Plus they made such a big deal with I made the reservation- about how we had to be out of there in an hour and a half since they have another seating, and how we must be on-time since they don't hold tables at all. Then when we got there, the service was good, but I still can't get over the size of the portions. Bottom line, if you have money and want a good snack, go here before dinner, then head elsewhere for dinner, since you will not be full if you have dinner here.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/14/2007
I have to say that I can not believe that Yasuda scored so highly in Zagat recently. Arrived at 8:30PM on a Friday night to a very zen environment and all the tables full. Out of all of the employees, the only one that understood English was the Manager, We sat and were asked to fill out the sheet for what we wanted but we ordered the Omakase instead. I have to say that at $100/person, all we got were 1 piece each of 5 different kinds of fish and a yellowtail roll that i could have gotten at any mediocre sushi place. We had to order another 2 appetizers and 5 more pieces of sushi in order to have had enough for dinner. On top of that , there is no wine or sake menu by the bottle. The fish was fresh, but I can name at least 5 places I would return to before here.
Posted by jesse g on 09/17/2007
Sushi Yasuda is fantastic. They offer a small, deliberate menu of masterfully-selected fish and it is all prepared to exacting Japanese standards. Do not go here if you require giant slabs of fish draped over piles of rice or rolls filled with the likes of cream cheese or papaya. The pride and tradition of Yasuda's food is tastefully tempered by modern, minimal ambiance and decor. There is no koto music playing or kimonos on the wall...at the bar, sushi is served on a large, plate-like tea leaf. Very cool. I would recommend Omakase here, but at least ask the chef what his favorite fish of the day is.