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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.
Posted by chef stu on 08/31/2007
My fiance and I were referred to Sushi Yasuda, but my only regret is that I can't recall who suggested it, so I can thank them properly. Contrary to previous posts, the sushi was not unusually small, but was a perfect mouthful of fresh ingredients, and the service was unusually attentive. The personalities behind the counter were as unforgettable as the ingredients, and the fatty blue-fin tuna was the most incredible thing I've ever had. Here's to the guys at Mr. Yasuda's place- if the previous complainers (shocker in NYC..) don't want a place at the sushi bar- we'll gladly take it!!
Posted by mm on 06/29/2007
the sushi was very good and fresh, though the omekase was not varied enough for my taste (heavy on white fish). the ambience was ok - no blaring music but more a place to go for a business lunch or dinner. not a restful experience but so few ny dining experiences are these days. when we asked for the dessert choices after having various dishes whisked away (and this is where things turned strange) we were informed by our waiter that they wouldn't serve us dessert as the next party had come to claim our table as they had an 8 pm reservation. i have to say i've never had this experience before - neither in the us or japan - being refused the end of a meal based on restaurant timing. we had been told when we made the reservation that it was from 6:30 - 8 but i had no idea that they were going to hold us to the letter of the law. i suppose we should have eaten faster and talked less. i wonder what would have happened if we were midway through our meal at 8 - a take-home bag? based on this i won't be going back.