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Posted by Anonymous on 04/06/2007
had cousin in from the west coast and had been looking forward to this well-rated sushi dinner for weeks. not only are there no special rolls or unique choices at this way-overpriced restaurant, but the portions are meant for my dolls. the pieces of sashimi are paper thin and extremely disappointing in flavor. the waiters don't speak any english and at dinner time the restaurant was completely lit and bright. no atmosphere AND, there is no wine list, but instead only the choice of a house plum wine or 10 kinds of sake.
Posted by GuruBerk21 on 03/21/2007
Sushi Yasuda is by far the best sushi I have ever had. You can shop for value (Price Fixe for $20 will get you 2 rolls and 5 pieces) or Grandor (Sitting with Chef Yasuda). Either way it is a true treat. The trout is heaven in your mouth and I have not had one bad piece of Sushi and I have now gone once a week for the last 2 months.
Posted by Massimiliano on 01/29/2007
Never eaten such a good sushi before. The rice was just perfect: warm and tender. The fish so fresh. I tried different types of eel. The sushi is already seasoned perfectly, so you don't need to put it in the soy sauce or add any wasabi.
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.