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Posted by JRO on 10/04/2005
This was my first experience at any of the Yama restaurants. The sushi was incredibly fresh and the portions very generous. The rolls were excellent and creative. Unfortunately the atmosphere and service were mediocre at best. The patron seated on top of me was annoying and almost knocked over our table as he was trying to squeeze out of his seat. I recommend sitting at the sushi bar or taking out.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/12/2005
I have to say that Yama has made me a sushi snob. Once you go there, no other place will make the cut. It is probably the restaurant I go to most often in the city and recommend it to others all the time. The fish is incredibly fresh, the special roll combinations are amazing and the portions are extremely generous. Not to mention - they have a fabulous spicy sauce! Yama Carmine has the nicest ambiance, but the food is excellent at all three locations.
Posted by Farshjer on 08/11/2005
If you are not used to and don't know what the best sushi is or should taste like, you will probably be fine here. They pull off a veneer of pseudo yuppiness (tackiness) pretty well here. The fish resembles and tastes like those plastic models of sushi. The chicken teriyaki is subpar.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/03/2005
We've been going to Yama on West Houston and West Broadway for years. All I have to say is with the right proportions of sake & sapporo, a variety of custom engineered rolls, the juiciest pieces of toro & any other fish your taste buds may desire, topped off by Yama's mysterious spicy sauce and sometimes a green fried ice cream, every occasion at Yama is a holiday!
Posted by Ms Roxy on 05/05/2005
I love the food at Yama (Irving Place is where I go), it's really the best value in the city and I have eaten sushi everywere. The staff however, is almost rude and the service is poor. Expect to wait and then have them rush you out once you are finished. The restaurant is so tiny you can reach over and sample your neighbors fish without them even knowing. Takeout is great if you have the option. Go there for the food and nothing else and you will be ok. The rolls are generous even if the staff is not.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/26/2005
Went there last night, and it took 20 minutes for our waitress to come to our table. She never took a drink order, dropped off dinner, did not come back for 45 minutes. When she finally showed up again, our empty plates had been sitting in front of us for 10 minutes. She walked by our table 3 - 4 times without clearing them. I finally stacked up our plates in the center of the table to get them out of our way. Needless to say, the service was roughly equivalent to ordering takeout. The food is great, but doesn't make up for the terrible service that we have repeatedly experienced at Yama. If takeout's an option, that's your best bet. At least then you can refill your own drinks and not sit elbow to elbow with loud-mouth stangers.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/19/2005
The last time I went there with my friends it was late at the evening and staff was ready to go home. They started cleaning the restaurant and the smell of the chlorine and old dirty mops killed every possible intention to finish our meal. The space is too small and too crowded and maybe the sushi is good but not any better than in any other tourist places around Manhattan.