Sushi Yasuda

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87 Very Good

Simply among the top ranks of sushi in New York.

204 E. 43rd St., New York, NY, 10017

212-972-1001

http://sushiyasuda.com

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The lowdown

Despite the retirement of its revered founder a few years back, this bustling, reliable midtown sushi palace sails resolutely on. There are more intimate and inventive sushi parlors around town, but none combine the clean, purist style of Tokyo with the bustle of New York in such a unique and satisfying way. The best seat in the house is at the bar, of course, during the weekday lunchtime rush, when the room is filled with a mix of tourists, Japanese salarymen, and animated wise-guy regulars from the trading desks around the neighborhood, gobbling their Hokkaido uni and rosy pieces of fatty tuna belly with their winter coats slung over the backs of their chairs.

Adam Platt

What you need to know

Recommended DishesSoftshell crab; shimaaji.

DrinksSake/Soju, Beer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized