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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.
Posted by Mike (from London) on 06/18/2007
Great place, superb quality, but portions are very small. I mean really, really small. Uni was amazing, o-toro one of the best, the choice of different fish was extensive. But the portions.. For example, sashimi came as 2 stamp-sized slices, about 1-2mm thick. I am used to 3-5 slices, about 5 times the size. If this place had larger portions (don't mind a higher price!) then it would score 6 out of 5. Service was a little over-efficient, but very good.
Posted by valerie t-g on 05/25/2007
If you can, make a reservation to sit with Mr. Yasuda at the sushi bar. You will experience pure sushi heaven. My husband took me here for my birthday. We love this place and save it for special occasions. Hats off to those of you who can afford to go on a regular basis-I'm green around the edges. This place is not, repeat NOT for the california roll crowd. It is strictly for those who seek an authentic Japanese sushi experience. If that's what you're looking for, you will not be disappointed. Each carefully cut and crafted piece is sushi perfection. Eat it the way he gives it to you-I assure you it's been prepared the way God intended it to be. If you can afford it, do the omikase. If you're on a budget, try the masa menu (you get to pick your favorite pieces and half of a roll). After you've savored each of those pieces, you can supplement it with the more intriguing things you see on the menu. My personal favorites are the Tasmanian trout and the Peace River oysters. Everything he serves is always in season and I dare you to find them on other menus! I can't say enough wonderful things about the food, the atmosphere or the service. Get your palate ready for an absolute treat!
Posted by Sushi Lover on 04/26/2007
The sushi here is amazing. It's absolutely authentic-- no fancy rolls (because there are no such things in Japan!), just the freshest, most delicate fish prepared as it would be in Japan. For people who don't know real sushi, they will be looking for wine lists, california rolls and giant pieces of fish eaten with chopsticks and too much soy sauce. If you want real sushi done the right way (delicately sliced, freshly flown in that day, made to eat with your hands and with little seasoning), come here. Make sure to sit at the bar. The sushi chefs here are attentive and absolutely stellar. On the sushi list are checked off the chef's recommendations, and the fish selection is extremely diverse. My husband and I sat at Yasuda san's place at the bar tonight and it was an absolute delight.
Posted by midtown on 04/09/2007
I believe this place is overrated. I love sushi, I live on sushi really and I live just block away from it. I tried it once at lunch, and never went back. I just rated Bar Masa. What's wrong with you people...Bar Masa is ok and Yasuda is superb? You must be kidding me. Bar Masa is sublime.