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204 E. 43rd St., New York, NY, 10017
nr. Third Ave.
Amazing traditional sushi
By shinsengum1 on 4/2/2012
Food: I lived in Tokyo for a couple of years, and I can attest that this is among the best sushi I've had. I highly recommended that you sit at the sushi bar and converse with the chef, who tries to gauge what kind of fish you may or may not like. Omakase is the way to go for the first several pieces, and then you can pick and choose your favorites for the last few pieces. The food at Yasuda can truly make you drift into a world of your own. Atmosphere: This is a restaurant where the focus is on sushi. The interior is simple but elegant in the classical Japanese style. There is no music, and I am glad that there is a strict no children policy. Come by yourself, or along with a solitary friend. Definitely not in a large group because you won't be allowed to sit at the bar. Drinks: Beer and sake only. Although the selection is tiny, the sake we had was adequate. Price: I ended up paying $105 (before tip) for 16-18 pieces of sushi and a tokkuri of sake. Did not have the sashimi, or any of the cooked dishes. The sushi was definitely worth the price for me, but it is something to keep in mind before making reservations. Similar sushi in Tokyo (and New York) can be significantly more expensive.
Rude service. Non-existent reservation policy.
By dbackul on 10/27/2011
The restaurant cancelled my reservation today even though I called yesterday to confirm and followed their reservation rules. They were utterly rude and accused me of lying. Such a shame as the food is great.
BEWARE: Bad Management has Taken Over
By DrGB on 4/27/2011
I have been to Sushi Yasuda a number of times, all for lunch, and enjoyed the fresh quality sushi. I am disturbed, however, by the treatment we received the last time we went for lunch. Like so many other times we have been there, we ordered the sushi lunch special. We told our waitress, and the sushi chef. However, when the bill came, they charged us for a la carte, which was more than twice the price of the special. When we tried to explain, the manager was extremely rude. He wouldn't allow us to speak, and kept threatening us that the sushi chef would have to pay for the mistake. I have never seen this "manager" before, but I think he needs to be taught some manners on how to treat customers. He was so rude I may never go back. I heard that the ownership was changing hands - I hope this isn't a sign of the future.
By SherylGosin on 4/19/2011
Definitely one of the best places to go for sushi in the city. A little overpriced but it is NYC and you get what you pay for. The sushi is fresh and the service not too bad.
By MJMXXX on 2/13/2011
Way, way, way overpriced. The presentation of the sushi dishes was underwhelming, even to the point of amateurish. The fish in the Chirashi were tiny. It was the size of what other sushi restaurants would cut off and throw away. Great place if you like bamboo decor. Avoid.
By petergale on 11/27/2010
I'm glad they don't allow children...bravo! I'd go back simply on that fact alone. Having said that, the sushi is great, the best I've had in NYC....slightly better than Hane on Third ave and 38th street.
Phenomenal Sushi Restaurant
By scottpsolomon on 7/19/2010
I really like this place, but anyone who tells you that it's in the same league as Kurumazushi is smoking crack.
Warning: Not Family Friendly
By efrier on 7/2/2010
Yasuda may have great sushi, but the stench from their total lack of class has overshadowed their food, and turned me permanently away from this restaurant. My wife and I had a reservation on a Monday night, and when we showed up with our two year old son, we were emphatically told no children, and that we no longer had a table and were turned away. They waved us off like solicitors without apology. Any family should find this utterly classless. Shame on Yasuda and its owners. It is not as though this is a $400 a couple romantic restaurant. Families that value family life, should send a message against this trifling behavior.
By stefaniedee on 6/16/2010
Sushi in NYC
By kokabe on 5/22/2010
I am a native Japanese with a lot of experience with fine traditional cuisine. I have in fact spent top $ dining in some of the finest restaurants in Japan. I have eaten in Tsukiji, Ginza, Azabu, Roppongi, etc. Yasuda is one of the best sushi restaurants I have ever eaten in and Mr. Yasuda was very delightful when conversing about his obsessions, that is rice and fish. I have sat at scores of sushi bars around the world and engaged in conversation with their sushi chefs. As Chef Yasuda spoke at length about his practice of the craft, I realized that I had never heard a chef speak with the depth of knowledge about his ingredients and the passion for his product which he displays. His rice is cooked to perfection and sushi - rather than other Japanese dishes, even sashimi (raw fish platter) - is the focus. What this means is that rice,cooked to perfection, when combined with a piece of sliced fish in the right proportion, achieves the ultimate in perfection as a piece of sushi. This was the way the owner described his craft to me. I totally agree. You cannot get a better piece of sushi anywhere in the world.
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