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Posted by Sushilover101 on 01/24/2007
I just ate the best sushi around! I am a die hard sushi addict and have eaten sushi in many places around the world. The best sushi thus far I had found was in Switzerland, and then most recently in Hong Kong, until last week when I went to Sushi Yasuda. It ruined me for sushi anywhere else. Our sushi chef was Yoshisan, excellent! I discovered my favorite pieces, for now, the sea scallop, the sea urchin, Toro, and conch. OMG is all I can say! I was out of control; I just kept on asking for more and more. I see why this is rated one of the best sushi spots around. Amazingly, I find it quite inexpensive for the quality, however, it may create an addiction, and then it will not seem as inexpensive. You get a great value out of the lunch prix fixe, I would recommend that and then adding on. The attention was fabulous, cold green tea? That is a thing of the past here, the attentive wait staff make sure your cup is full and hot, replacing it with a fresh cup not simply adding on top. Sitting at the sushi bar, I felt like a kid in Disney World, or in the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory! I wanted everything! I definitely would recommend Sushi Yasuda to sushi lovers all over. Great value, the best sushi in NY definitely, sheer ecstasy, incomparable. I plan to make visit at least once a month, if my wallet can handle it, and if I can survive only on once a month visits. Bottom line – Well worth the addiction!
Posted by The Henderson on 01/23/2007
I was huge fan of this restaurant for a number of years, but a recent experience completely turned me off to the place- for good. That experience had nothing to do with the sublime taste and quality of the sushi. The food here is as fresh and clean tasting as it comes. Instead, my problem was with the sushi chef who insisted on instructing/admonishing my date and me over how we chose to eat our sushi. It’s one thing to suggest how certain pieces should be eaten, but it’s another thing altogether to incessantly hound paying costumers about how they choose to consume their dinner. From the constant haranguing about our preference for copious amounts of wasabi and soy, to the never-ending suggestions as to the ideal number of bites each nugget of sushi required (one for those keeping score), the guy would not shut up. At one point, he started hollering at my girl about how his establishment wasn’t a “teriyaki bowl.” Yo homes – take a serious chill pill. It’s only Toro; it’s not like we are saving lives here. It’s one thing to make a suggestion, but since I’m paying, I’ll dip my Toro in Scotch if I so choose. The whole experience underscored a trend that seems to be emerging in many upscale sushi restaurants: a strictness that many diners mistake for enlightenment as they seek out the “purest” fish. And somehow, people buy into it. I suppose the exoticism of many Asian cuisines, Sushi in particular, leaves some diners wanting a little instruction. But the operative word is “little.” I also understand many sushi chefs are only trying to offer the best experience, but could you imagine going to a steak house and having the chef wig out because you wanted your steak well done? Enough already – just give me my fish and leave me alone!
Posted by Canadian tourists on 10/12/2006
We came here because contributors at chowhound had included this as one of the best sushi restaurants in NYC. We sat at one end of the sushi bar near one of four sushi chefs. Before we started, the chef in front of us explained this was traditional Tokyo style and we could order one piece at a time. Everything was available but the sushi was best we were told. We started with toro, the fatty part of tuna. We each received a piece and were told to eat the entire piece at once and that no wasabi or soy sauce were needed because it was already put on for us. The toro was delicious and its flavour prominent because of the lightly flavoured rice, the small dab of wasabi and light brushing of soy sauce. After that, we just left it to the sushi chef to suggest what to have next as he had very clear opinions about the order in which to eat each of the different fish, seafood and vegetable sushi in order to maximize the taste. Everything he claimed proved true. We experienced an amazing taste adventure. His chatter about each item and the history of his craft also provided its own entertainment. When we were almost finished, we found out that it was Yasuda himself we were seated before. I don't know if others would be as good but our experience convinced us that the chowhounders are right, this is one of the best. We ate our fill and with beer our bill for two was $180, which is less than we have paid in sushi restaurants far lower in quality.
Posted by unieater on 04/22/2006
Sit with Chef Yasuda, it's the only way to go. Best sushi in NY, maybe even in the U.S. If you are hungry it will cost close to $200 per person. Best thing I had was his signature uni handroll (wow). Its worth every penny, especially when you get Sushi 101 for one of the worlds best.
Posted by Knows food on 02/25/2006
If you really enjoy trying new things prepared the simplest way you will love this restaurant. They have the freshest and most buttery fish in all of New York. They have many diffrent kinds of salmon, tuna and other fish that the chef prepares so simply and in perfect proportion. I highly recommend the restaurant for hardcore sushi fans or someone who wants to taste what high grade sushi should taste like. The decor is very clean and sterile and the service was excellent. Let the chef's suggestions for the day be your guide and enjoy! Expect to spend but it's worth it.
Posted by Park Sloper on 01/01/2006
Went here with a friend and even though we were 10-15 mins late for our reservation, we were seated in the best spot in the house...right in front of Yasuda. He is the kindest, *funniest* old flirt of a man and he will blow you away with his quick wit while simultaneously serving up the BEST omakase selections that you will ever have. Fish is oh-so-tender and fresh, fresh as can be! I knew the quality was there when even the wasabi was impeccable -- truly special wasabi gives just a flash of spice that resonates up your nose but then is gone in an instant. One caveat: definitely choose omakase but be forewarned as you become so enmeshed in the food and the chef's deft hand that you forget to edit yourself. That happened to me when I walked out paying $70+ for myself (no drinks) and my friend, the frugal one, watched it and only paid $30. I don't care though. For experience and quality, no other sushi house can top Yasuda.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/30/2005
Sushi Yasuda definitely makes the best sushi with the freshest ingredients. We loved the prolific variety of fresh fish -- especially the sea urchin sushi. The orange clam is also very good. Order from the a la carte menu to get the most unique items. The prix fixe is better value but less extraordinary in the fish selection. The only caveat -- it gets pricey. We spent $35 and left feeling un-full.