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Sushi Yasuda

204 E. 43rd St., New York, NY, 10017
nr. Third Ave.
212-972-1001

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7
Food: 8
Service: 5
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

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58% would go back.

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Amazing traditional sushi

By shinsengum1 on 4/2/2012

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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57 out of 109 people found this review helpful.

Rude service. Non-existent reservation policy.

By dbackul on 10/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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65 out of 129 people found this review helpful.

BEWARE: Bad Management has Taken Over

By DrGB on 4/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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67 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

Pretty good

By SherylGosin on 4/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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61 out of 135 people found this review helpful.

Skip it.

By MJMXXX on 2/13/2011

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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53 out of 116 people found this review helpful.

Good

By petergale on 11/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

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.

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69 out of 127 people found this review helpful.

Phenomenal Sushi Restaurant

By scottpsolomon on 7/19/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I really like this place, but anyone who tells you that it's in the same league as Kurumazushi is smoking crack.

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62 out of 117 people found this review helpful.

Warning: Not Family Friendly

By efrier on 7/2/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

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.

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89 out of 220 people found this review helpful.

excelent

By stefaniedee on 6/16/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

excelent

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77 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

Sushi in NYC

By kokabe on 5/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

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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