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Posted by Charlotte on 07/26/2012
The fish is tasty and really fresh. The place is very clean. I have been there maybe 5 times and will continue to go. The service is attentive and make sure you have everything you need and more. I didn't know the Chef but I m glad to enjoy his menu without spending a lot of money! Wonderfull place I highly recommend..
Posted by ns on 07/11/2012
I've dined here about 7 times, the fish is always very fresh, silken and almost buttery on the tongue. Their daily specials feature the best of what's in season with a creative spin, I highly recommend them! This is my favorite EV sushi bar, the quality is good and CONSISTENT! I've eaten at other sushi restaurants nearby and they're not as good as Yuba.
Posted by anonymous on 01/19/2012
I had dinner here on a week night and it was so empty it was eerie. I can't imagine this place staying open much longer at this rate. They also didn't seem to care too much about appearances - one of the chefs appeared to be sleeping at one of the tables. That said, I thought the sushi was very good and fresh, though a bit expensive. Too bad because I probably won't be returning.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/18/2011
Last night we finally decided to have dinner in Yuba. The place opened 6 months ago by former Masa chefs, so considering the reputation my expectations were high. This restaurant is complete disappointment. I ordered 3 appetizers: Uni risotto with truffles (nothing special), Duck & Foie Gras buns (dry chewy duck meat on dough) and Oysters Caviar (the only decent choice, oysters were fresh & paired well with caviar). The sushi experience was disappointing. I had tuna, salmon, fluke, sea bream, kampachi, hirame, toro, shimaaji, golden eye snapper, mirugai and ikura. The only decent piece they had was mirugai, all other fish tasted way below average. The slices of fish are thick and little chewy which does not reflect good grade at all. The sushi rice is sticky like a rock from cheap sushi places. They still give you 20% off the bill, but I would not eat there for free.
Posted by Max on 02/15/2011
Wow. Incredible experience. Sat at the bar and spoke with the chef through the whole meal. He was so relaxed, and he just continued serving memorable bites with constant variation. The appetizers were unique and interesting, and the sushi was traditional, fresh, and really showcased the quality of the fish and highlighted the flavor and texture of every one. The chef's experience really shows, and for your money, I can't imagine it gets any better than this. The uni risotto showcases the outstanding ingredients, rice, dashi, and uni. Oysters and caviar were luxurious, and the corn tempura provided an equally delicious burst of flavor. After having the omakase at Sushi of Gari, which I truly enjoyed, this is the place I would go back to. The character of the chef comes through, and the tradition behind the food does too. The chefs and front of house were also very friendly and helpful. Needless to say, I'll be back.
Posted by Alina on 01/14/2011
The food was decent for the price, only bad thing would be the fact the place is small for crowds. Not for a huge group
Posted by Professional Eater on 01/13/2011
Yuba sits on an obscure block between the East Village and Astor Place, but entering the unassuming facade, we encountered a sophisticated oasis. My companion and I were greeted by a very friendly staff-member and shown to our quaint table in the start but well-adorned dining room. There was just enough music to create a pleasant atmosphere, but kept at a low-enough volume to carry on a conversation. The very attentive staff recommended specific dishes and explained each dish as it was served. Everything we had was spot-on with presentation, seasoning, portion size, and temperature. The Pumpkin soup was sweet yet savory and subtly delicious. The Sweet Corn Tempura was light and crunchy and full of flavor. The Yuba, a prominent feature on the menu, hence an appropriate name for the venue, was excellently prepared. We had the Grilled Miso Yuba, which offered a delicious contrast of creamniness and toasty goodness. The upscale items like the Duck with Foie Gras in a Steamed Bun and Torro Tartare Caviar were prepared simply to let the clean flavors of the ingredients shine through. We finished with sushi, which was super fresh and wonderful. The chefs were on hand to answer questions and the staff catered to our every need. Overall, we had a fantastic experience and I will definitely be back to this tiny gem.