Sushi Yasuda

★★★★☆
  • 204 E 43rd St

    New York, NY 10017

    Cross street: nr. Third Ave.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-972-1001

About Sushi Yasuda

Hours
Monday To Friday From 12:00 PM To 02:15 PM Monday To Friday From 06:00 PM To 10:15 PM Saturday From 06:00 PM To 10:15 PM

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This Sushi Place is the worst. So I am one of those weirdoes that like to eat my sushi dipped in ginger dressing, not a far fetched request in most sushi restaurant except for this one. When I asked the waitress for my ginger dressing on

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★★★★★

This Sushi Place is the worst. So I am one of those weirdoes that like to eat my sushi dipped in ginger dressing, not a far fetched request in most sushi restaurant except for this one. When I asked the waitress for my ginger dressing on

Pros: nothing

Cons: customer service,forceful and tyrannical

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I would like to start off by saying that I have been going up and back to Japan for more than 10 years, and at various points have been a long-term resident of Tokyo. Sushi Yasuda tries to imitate authentic Japanese sushi (i.e. no inside-out rolls, no avocado--simply high-end sushi), unfortunately it fails MISERABLY, and in every aspect.
The freshness and quality of the fish was fair at best (if you have ever been to Tsukiji or Ginza you will know what I am referring to. Most Japanese would call this FUTSUU meaning ordinary), the rice was too vinegary, and the presentation was a joke. NEVER and i say NEVER at a fine sushi Japanese restaurant (e.g. in ginza or tsukiji) will you see waribashi (wooden chopsticks) and to make it even more tacky, they put the waribashi on a hashioki (chopstick stand) made out of cheap lacquer.
It was not at all beautiful, and the Japanese would consider it DASAI (or in bad taste to put it lightly).
There mission and its restauranteur are sadly misguided and wrought with cultural paradoxes.

What was most offensive, was the manner by which the Japanese staff treated the customers. Japanese people themselves would view their behavior as rude, obnoxious, barbaric, and of low-class. In all the years I have dined in various cities around the globe, I have never ever felt so strongly to be so repulsed and offensive to the Japanese culture and American customer. I have a deep affinity for both countries, and I was both sad and embarrassed to observe Japanese restaurant staff behaving in this way. A restaurant like this in Tokyo would go quickly (and i mean quickly, out of business).

In Japan, there are 2 well often versed sayings:
(1) okyakusan ga kamisama desu = The Customer is God.
(2) Me de Taberu = Eat with your Eyes.

I truly hope that NY's Japanese Sushi Clientele will no longer support this restaurant.-- they are a humiliation to the Japanese culture and an insult to the American customer.

PLEASE JOIN TOGETHER TO HELP END THIS RESTAURANT.

2
★★★★★

I would like to start off by saying that I have been going up and back to Japan for more than 10 years, and at various points have been a long-term resident of Tokyo. Sushi Yasuda tries to imitate authentic Japanese sushi (i.e. no inside-out rolls, no avocado--simply high-end sushi), unfortunately it fails MISERABLY, and in every aspect.
The freshness and quality of the fish was fair at best (if you have ever been to Tsukiji or Ginza you will know what I am referring to. Most Japanese would call this FUTSUU meaning ordinary), the rice was too vinegary, and the presentation was a joke. NEVER and i say NEVER at a fine sushi Japanese restaurant (e.g. in ginza or tsukiji) will you see waribashi (wooden chopsticks) and to make it even more tacky, they put the waribashi on a hashioki (chopstick stand) made out of cheap lacquer.
It was not at all beautiful, and the Japanese would consider it DASAI (or in bad taste to put it lightly).
There mission and its restauranteur are sadly misguided and wrought with cultural paradoxes.

What was most offensive, was the manner by which the Japanese staff treated the customers. Japanese people themselves would view their behavior as rude, obnoxious, barbaric, and of low-class. In all the years I have dined in various cities around the globe, I have never ever felt so strongly to be so repulsed and offensive to the Japanese culture and American customer. I have a deep affinity for both countries, and I was both sad and embarrassed to observe Japanese restaurant staff behaving in this way. A restaurant like this in Tokyo would go quickly (and i mean quickly, out of business).

In Japan, there are 2 well often versed sayings:
(1) okyakusan ga kamisama desu = The Customer is God.
(2) Me de Taberu = Eat with your Eyes.

I truly hope that NY's Japanese Sushi Clientele will no longer support this restaurant.-- they are a humiliation to the Japanese culture and an insult to the American customer.

PLEASE JOIN TOGETHER TO HELP END THIS RESTAURANT.

Pros: 0

Cons: Everything

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We went to this restuarant after the theatre for a light meal. I read that the food was good and always eager to find a good sushi restuarant, we decided to give it try.

We were invited in and we asked to sit at the sushi bar. Food was ok but the service and the experience was horrifying.

We were not told that the restuarant was closing until the food was put in front of us and then rushed through out the meal. In addition the staff was rude and insulting in ways that I never expreienced in a restuarant before. It actually made me sick to my stomache.

I will never forget this dining experience. I am 50 years old and was at the restuarant with my date. The Sushi chef at the front of the bar took it upon himself to snicker at us, talk to the waitress in japonese while indicating he was talking about us and, the final blow, he asked me if I was my dates mother!!!! All this unprovoked. I was so insulted and shocked that I didn't know what to say. It upset me for the whole night. It was a mean comment for no reason at all. We just went there to have a bite and enjoy ourselves after a show.

I mean even if I was old, ugly or whatever, which i am not, how could this sort of behavior be justified???

So I will never forget this expereince and will never recommend this place to anyone. This place sucked.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We went to this restuarant after the theatre for a light meal. I read that the food was good and always eager to find a good sushi restuarant, we decided to give it try.

We were invited in and we asked to sit at the sushi bar. Food was ok but the service and the experience was horrifying.

We were not told that the restuarant was closing until the food was put in front of us and then rushed through out the meal. In addition the staff was rude and insulting in ways that I never expreienced in a restuarant before. It actually made me sick to my stomache.

I will never forget this dining experience. I am 50 years old and was at the restuarant with my date. The Sushi chef at the front of the bar took it upon himself to snicker at us, talk to the waitress in japonese while indicating he was talking about us and, the final blow, he asked me if I was my dates mother!!!! All this unprovoked. I was so insulted and shocked that I didn't know what to say. It upset me for the whole night. It was a mean comment for no reason at all. We just went there to have a bite and enjoy ourselves after a show.

I mean even if I was old, ugly or whatever, which i am not, how could this sort of behavior be justified???

So I will never forget this expereince and will never recommend this place to anyone. This place sucked.

Pros: Go if you like to spend your money being rushed and insulted

Cons: Let me count the ways...

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I really don't care how good their food is.

The experience we had last night was enough to make me want to call the police.

The service was abrupt. We were told the kitchen was closing as soon as our food was delivered, and we were hustled for more dishes. The waitress tried to remove plates while we were still eating from them. The men behind the sushi bar continually gestured towards me and my companion and visibly smirked at each other all through our meal. It was incredibly uncomfortable, and to top it off, one of them asked if I was my date's parent ( we are the same age group) when we were leaving.

I don't pay these kind of prices to be insulted and used as comic relief by the staff.

What an awful evening. I can't understand how any restaurant can justify this kind of obnoxiously rude behavior by their staff.

I'd rather eat dirt than return to this dump.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I really don't care how good their food is.

The experience we had last night was enough to make me want to call the police.

The service was abrupt. We were told the kitchen was closing as soon as our food was delivered, and we were hustled for more dishes. The waitress tried to remove plates while we were still eating from them. The men behind the sushi bar continually gestured towards me and my companion and visibly smirked at each other all through our meal. It was incredibly uncomfortable, and to top it off, one of them asked if I was my date's parent ( we are the same age group) when we were leaving.

I don't pay these kind of prices to be insulted and used as comic relief by the staff.

What an awful evening. I can't understand how any restaurant can justify this kind of obnoxiously rude behavior by their staff.

I'd rather eat dirt than return to this dump.

Cons: Incredible Rude, Discourteous Staff

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Made a special trip to the city to have sushi with my wife who had been dying to have "good" sushi. Only took us seconds to decide to come back to Yasuda; but this time, we sat at the sushi bar. Making the reservation was a little bit nerve cracking because of the accent of the staff and the background noise; however, it did not stop me from trying to have the best fish in town. The fish was exceptional as always after all these years. And I had used my hands to eat sushi the first time after the chef gave me an okay. There are ONLY few established restaurants that have yet disappointed us, Yasuda is definitely one of them in town.

2
★★★★★

Made a special trip to the city to have sushi with my wife who had been dying to have "good" sushi. Only took us seconds to decide to come back to Yasuda; but this time, we sat at the sushi bar. Making the reservation was a little bit nerve cracking because of the accent of the staff and the background noise; however, it did not stop me from trying to have the best fish in town. The fish was exceptional as always after all these years. And I had used my hands to eat sushi the first time after the chef gave me an okay. There are ONLY few established restaurants that have yet disappointed us, Yasuda is definitely one of them in town.

Pros: Best fish

Cons: Reservation

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I live a block away and I love going for omakase at the bar. But I hate the phone reservation person. Every time I call he has an attitude and is condescending. Although not as close or convenient, I'm taking my business to Ushwakamaru.

1
★★★☆☆

I live a block away and I love going for omakase at the bar. But I hate the phone reservation person. Every time I call he has an attitude and is condescending. Although not as close or convenient, I'm taking my business to Ushwakamaru.

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This Sushi Place is the worst. So I am one of those weirdoes that like to eat my sushi dipped in ginger dressing not a far fetched request in most sushi restaurant except for this one. When I asked the waitress for my ginger dressing on the side with my order she refused. I asked her why she said it was against policy. I asked her why she proceeds to give me back the menu and told me to read the first page. Mind you the first page is like 5 paragraphs long talking about how sushi is eaten I did no read it and placed the menu down. They gave our salads first that came with our entree we left the dressing and salad untouched so I can use the dressing for my sushi. Then the manager came over to our table and explained that they want to keep custom and tradition on the way sushi is eaten. It is eaten with soy sauce he also proceeded to explain to me that their fish is "exquisite" and should be eaten according to tradition. Therefore we should stop playing the waiting game with out ginger dressing that we were holding out for our salad. I then replied and said I understand where you are coming from but if I was in Japan I would eat the way Japanese do and I am in New York now so I eat my sushi the way I want to eat it.He said yes but that our fish is really good and should be eaten according to custom. I told me what would happen if we refuse to eat the way they want us to eat it. He was a little taken back by this and he then proceeded to say they would ask the customers to leave without pay. My friend and I discussed this right in front of him and I was thinking whether I should comply then I said no. I want to eat sushi a certain way I should be allowed to and not be forced into doing what this restaurant wants me to do. What a tyrannical restaurant! We did the unexpected and told them we were leaving. We left the restaurant without paying for drinks. My friend also told me that she should have know because when she called to make a reservation at 730 they refused and then she said what time do you have they said 8 when she agreed they where shocked and said ok that??s fine but you will need to be done by 930pm. This place is not worth it they are demanding, forceful and think the customer is there to please them instead of thinking that you are there to be pleased. In the end we went to Sushi Samba which had excellent service and they did not mind giving me ginger dressing on the side.If you are one of those people that like spicy mayo with your sushi because I know a few people don??t go here they will refuse to let you eat the sushi the way you "WANT" to eat it

0
★☆☆☆☆

This Sushi Place is the worst. So I am one of those weirdoes that like to eat my sushi dipped in ginger dressing not a far fetched request in most sushi restaurant except for this one. When I asked the waitress for my ginger dressing on the side with my order she refused. I asked her why she said it was against policy. I asked her why she proceeds to give me back the menu and told me to read the first page. Mind you the first page is like 5 paragraphs long talking about how sushi is eaten I did no read it and placed the menu down. They gave our salads first that came with our entree we left the dressing and salad untouched so I can use the dressing for my sushi. Then the manager came over to our table and explained that they want to keep custom and tradition on the way sushi is eaten. It is eaten with soy sauce he also proceeded to explain to me that their fish is "exquisite" and should be eaten according to tradition. Therefore we should stop playing the waiting game with out ginger dressing that we were holding out for our salad. I then replied and said I understand where you are coming from but if I was in Japan I would eat the way Japanese do and I am in New York now so I eat my sushi the way I want to eat it.He said yes but that our fish is really good and should be eaten according to custom. I told me what would happen if we refuse to eat the way they want us to eat it. He was a little taken back by this and he then proceeded to say they would ask the customers to leave without pay. My friend and I discussed this right in front of him and I was thinking whether I should comply then I said no. I want to eat sushi a certain way I should be allowed to and not be forced into doing what this restaurant wants me to do. What a tyrannical restaurant! We did the unexpected and told them we were leaving. We left the restaurant without paying for drinks. My friend also told me that she should have know because when she called to make a reservation at 730 they refused and then she said what time do you have they said 8 when she agreed they where shocked and said ok that??s fine but you will need to be done by 930pm. This place is not worth it they are demanding, forceful and think the customer is there to please them instead of thinking that you are there to be pleased. In the end we went to Sushi Samba which had excellent service and they did not mind giving me ginger dressing on the side.If you are one of those people that like spicy mayo with your sushi because I know a few people don??t go here they will refuse to let you eat the sushi the way you "WANT" to eat it

Pros: nothing

Cons: customer service,forceful and tyrannical

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I was there last night with my boyfriend. Because I am a sushi fanatic, I get really picky about sushi. Although it was supposed to be one of the best spot in NYC, I was so disappointed by their food. First of all, fish weren't fresh. Ordered a couple different sashimi, but they were all warm and was about to lose their texture. Also I stole tuna fish from my boyfriend's sushi. When I lifted tuna, rice got red stain from fish. I am assuming it got red stain either by using colored tuna or because it stayed out too long in warm temperature. Whatever the reason was, i felt disgusted. So, when I was walking out from the restaurant, my boyfriend complained to the manager about freshness of fish but he didn't apologize but only saying "OKAY" What kind of attitude is that? I will never go back and I will never recommend others to go.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I was there last night with my boyfriend. Because I am a sushi fanatic, I get really picky about sushi. Although it was supposed to be one of the best spot in NYC, I was so disappointed by their food. First of all, fish weren't fresh. Ordered a couple different sashimi, but they were all warm and was about to lose their texture. Also I stole tuna fish from my boyfriend's sushi. When I lifted tuna, rice got red stain from fish. I am assuming it got red stain either by using colored tuna or because it stayed out too long in warm temperature. Whatever the reason was, i felt disgusted. So, when I was walking out from the restaurant, my boyfriend complained to the manager about freshness of fish but he didn't apologize but only saying "OKAY" What kind of attitude is that? I will never go back and I will never recommend others to go.

Pros: Nice ambience

Cons: bad service, bad food

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This is the best darn sushi in the city. Schedule a seating at the sushi bar and order the most wonderful, fresh, buttery fish you will ever have-- from the chef's hand to your mouth. It's an amazing experience that every sushi-lover must enjoy. We go every few months, even making up things to celebrate! Must go!

2
★★★★★

This is the best darn sushi in the city. Schedule a seating at the sushi bar and order the most wonderful, fresh, buttery fish you will ever have-- from the chef's hand to your mouth. It's an amazing experience that every sushi-lover must enjoy. We go every few months, even making up things to celebrate! Must go!

Pros: Best sushi in the city

Cons: MUST sit at sushi bar to get the best, can only stay 90 min

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I had first heard about sushi yasuda from anthony bourdain.I was in town visiting friends and decided to make a lunch reservation. I really had no idea what to expect, but I I was absoulutely blown away! No where in saint louis can you go and get your very own sushi chef atending just to you. From the freshness of the fish to the sheer simplicity of everything, my experince at yasuda was absolutely perfect. I started with a few different types of sashimi, a salmon roll, and then had the most amazing eel, uni, tuna, and goeduck among may other things. To drink I had a draft kirin which was the freshest, most delicious beer I think I had ever had. For desert I had the green tea ice cream, again the best ever. I cannot say enough good things about this place! The only downside is that every place I eat at now seems not even worth it!

2
★★★★★

I had first heard about sushi yasuda from anthony bourdain.I was in town visiting friends and decided to make a lunch reservation. I really had no idea what to expect, but I I was absoulutely blown away! No where in saint louis can you go and get your very own sushi chef atending just to you. From the freshness of the fish to the sheer simplicity of everything, my experince at yasuda was absolutely perfect. I started with a few different types of sashimi, a salmon roll, and then had the most amazing eel, uni, tuna, and goeduck among may other things. To drink I had a draft kirin which was the freshest, most delicious beer I think I had ever had. For desert I had the green tea ice cream, again the best ever. I cannot say enough good things about this place! The only downside is that every place I eat at now seems not even worth it!

Pros: fresh sushi

Cons: very expensive ( but Worth it!)

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My twin boys are four years old. They will not allow my wife and I to book a reservation. This a clear example of age discrimation.

0
★☆☆☆☆

My twin boys are four years old. They will not allow my wife and I to book a reservation. This a clear example of age discrimation.

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My girlfriend and I had the omakase and sat in front of Mr. Yasuda at the sushi bar. It was a great experience. A few tips: 1. the food: the uni is a must have! I am also a big fan of hamachi and Mr. Yasuda served us 4 different types! The king salmon from Alaska was phenomenal and I don't typically rave about salmon. We had chu-toro instead of otoro and it was good but nothing to write home about. 2. have the nigiri instead of sashimi because the rice is very good (mr. yasuda told us he is a rice man.. haha!) 3. definitely request the sushi bar preferably in front of Mr. Yasuda, if you can't get the sushi bar, find another time to go. (I have not experienced the tables but based on previous reviews and what my friends tell me, it's not the same) 4. If you're the type of person who equates sushi to inventive rolls, this is not your place. There's no fancy schmancy rolls with lot's of sauce to cover up the taste of the fish. With that in mind, you will enjoy this place if you like a sushi chef who pays special attention to your palate and is extremely humble despite his popularity. Eating in front of Mr. Yasuda made the experience worthwhile. He even found time to joke about the sushi union in Japan. The bill was very reasonable for what we got. It came out to $200 for the two of us before tip and included a sake, two beers, and one dessert!

2
★★★★☆

My girlfriend and I had the omakase and sat in front of Mr. Yasuda at the sushi bar. It was a great experience. A few tips: 1. the food: the uni is a must have! I am also a big fan of hamachi and Mr. Yasuda served us 4 different types! The king salmon from Alaska was phenomenal and I don't typically rave about salmon. We had chu-toro instead of otoro and it was good but nothing to write home about. 2. have the nigiri instead of sashimi because the rice is very good (mr. yasuda told us he is a rice man.. haha!) 3. definitely request the sushi bar preferably in front of Mr. Yasuda, if you can't get the sushi bar, find another time to go. (I have not experienced the tables but based on previous reviews and what my friends tell me, it's not the same) 4. If you're the type of person who equates sushi to inventive rolls, this is not your place. There's no fancy schmancy rolls with lot's of sauce to cover up the taste of the fish. With that in mind, you will enjoy this place if you like a sushi chef who pays special attention to your palate and is extremely humble despite his popularity. Eating in front of Mr. Yasuda made the experience worthwhile. He even found time to joke about the sushi union in Japan. The bill was very reasonable for what we got. It came out to $200 for the two of us before tip and included a sake, two beers, and one dessert!

Pros: food, service, ambience

Cons: price (but definitely within reason)

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If you have a conservative sushi palate... then leave that at home. This is sushi place to try all different types of fishes you didn't even know existed. The chefs are extremely cordial.

2
★★★★★

If you have a conservative sushi palate... then leave that at home. This is sushi place to try all different types of fishes you didn't even know existed. The chefs are extremely cordial.

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I went to Sushi Yasuda for a birthday party last December. I am Asian and have dined on sushi numerous times, but never before did I understand the expression "the sushi just melts in your mouth." A friend of mine had brought a store-bought cake, and Sushi Yasuda did not have any problem storing the cake in their fridge and bringing it out after dinner. Candles all lit, and with beautiful plates! They did not charge a "cake fee" either - which I have seen charged at some other establishments (similar to "corkage fee" I suppose). It was one of my best birthday dinners ever. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I went to Sushi Yasuda for a birthday party last December. I am Asian and have dined on sushi numerous times, but never before did I understand the expression "the sushi just melts in your mouth." A friend of mine had brought a store-bought cake, and Sushi Yasuda did not have any problem storing the cake in their fridge and bringing it out after dinner. Candles all lit, and with beautiful plates! They did not charge a "cake fee" either - which I have seen charged at some other establishments (similar to "corkage fee" I suppose). It was one of my best birthday dinners ever. Highly recommended.

Pros: fresh sushi, accomodating service

Cons: a bit pricey (but I'd say it's worth it)

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I have been to some of the best sushi restaurants around the globe and I have yet to find one with better service, quality, and style. Sit at the bar and allow their pride to shine as they serve some of the best, freshest fish you ever had. Fresh REAL wasabi is just icing on the cake. The fish is served at a perfect temperature and the perfectly balanced flavors explode in your mouth. Better than authentic Japan! Enjoy!

2
★★★★★

I have been to some of the best sushi restaurants around the globe and I have yet to find one with better service, quality, and style. Sit at the bar and allow their pride to shine as they serve some of the best, freshest fish you ever had. Fresh REAL wasabi is just icing on the cake. The fish is served at a perfect temperature and the perfectly balanced flavors explode in your mouth. Better than authentic Japan! Enjoy!

Pros: No frills just sushi!

Cons: pricy!

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Food was not good. NOT FRESH, NOT ORIGINAL and NOT ENOUGH VARIETY.
Staffs are very unprofessional. Overall I was very disapointed.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Food was not good. NOT FRESH, NOT ORIGINAL and NOT ENOUGH VARIETY.
Staffs are very unprofessional. Overall I was very disapointed.

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What is so great about this restaurant? Given the hard to make reservation and pricy menu, I was expecting a MASA type food quality and professional services. But was I wrong. Service was not bad but the staffs definitely aren't professional. Waiters were literally running around, which is very distracting, and they all look stressed out. For a restaurant that only serves rolls and raw fishes you would think freshness is all they focus on. Not only was the sashimi not fresh but the rolls fell apart when served. I think this restaurant is a tourist trap. There are way better and cheaper japanese restaurants in NYC than this place.

1
★★☆☆☆

What is so great about this restaurant? Given the hard to make reservation and pricy menu, I was expecting a MASA type food quality and professional services. But was I wrong. Service was not bad but the staffs definitely aren't professional. Waiters were literally running around, which is very distracting, and they all look stressed out. For a restaurant that only serves rolls and raw fishes you would think freshness is all they focus on. Not only was the sashimi not fresh but the rolls fell apart when served. I think this restaurant is a tourist trap. There are way better and cheaper japanese restaurants in NYC than this place.

Pros: calm ambience

Cons: pricy menu compared to sub par quality of the food, just not worth it.

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Can't get away with $100 if looking for a full meal. But I keep coming back because the food is just so great. Reservation is a must. They have the best ankimo (Monkfish liver) in town. Nice decor, good service, chef is a bit arrogant but he certainly knows what he is doing. I like the idea of serving the sushi on a leaf. Looks very organic.

2
★★★★☆

Can't get away with $100 if looking for a full meal. But I keep coming back because the food is just so great. Reservation is a must. They have the best ankimo (Monkfish liver) in town. Nice decor, good service, chef is a bit arrogant but he certainly knows what he is doing. I like the idea of serving the sushi on a leaf. Looks very organic.

Pros: good sushi

Cons: always full, expensive

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DO NOT GO TO YASUDA!!! I sat at the counter in front of Mr. Yasuda himself. He has issues.

He was pretty "soup Natzi" from the get-go. He told us to eat the sushi within 5 seconds. I sort of like that professional attitude so, I obliged. Then I noticed he served pretty quickly so that I felt pressure to hurry and could not really relax and savor the food. Did the rapid turnover equate to more profits? However, I continued to keep up a good attitude given his reputation. Then it all went sour when my wife stopped by for a few minutes as a surprise to say hello to my friend who met me there. I gave her one piece of sushi so she could enjoy it too before having to scurry off. Mr. Yasuda then told us to leave, because I gave a piece of sushi to my wife who was standing.

I am Japanese and grew up in Japan, but I have never encountered such a rude sushi chef. I suppose success breeds hubris. It is so unfortunate when a chef takes himself so seriously that he forgets that the whole point is about the joy of eating.

0
★☆☆☆☆

DO NOT GO TO YASUDA!!! I sat at the counter in front of Mr. Yasuda himself. He has issues.

He was pretty "soup Natzi" from the get-go. He told us to eat the sushi within 5 seconds. I sort of like that professional attitude so, I obliged. Then I noticed he served pretty quickly so that I felt pressure to hurry and could not really relax and savor the food. Did the rapid turnover equate to more profits? However, I continued to keep up a good attitude given his reputation. Then it all went sour when my wife stopped by for a few minutes as a surprise to say hello to my friend who met me there. I gave her one piece of sushi so she could enjoy it too before having to scurry off. Mr. Yasuda then told us to leave, because I gave a piece of sushi to my wife who was standing.

I am Japanese and grew up in Japan, but I have never encountered such a rude sushi chef. I suppose success breeds hubris. It is so unfortunate when a chef takes himself so seriously that he forgets that the whole point is about the joy of eating.

Pros: decent food, modern space

Cons: Mr's Yasuda's arrogance and disrespect for the joy of eating

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This place has a wonderful selection of sushi. They have some unique rolls offered on their menu. Prices are what you would expect for handmade food in NYC.

4
★★★★☆

This place has a wonderful selection of sushi. They have some unique rolls offered on their menu. Prices are what you would expect for handmade food in NYC.

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DO NOT GO TO SUSHI YASUDA. I experienced the worst service there. We were asked to leave before we could finish dessert because the manager and wait staff wanted to go home. Instead of serving dessert then asking us to leave, they should have just said it was too late to order dessert.

Also, the price for the quality of food was outrageous, not to mention service. I've had better sushi from wholefoods.

This is a warning to all. DO NOT GO TO SUSHI YASUDA.

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★☆☆☆☆

DO NOT GO TO SUSHI YASUDA. I experienced the worst service there. We were asked to leave before we could finish dessert because the manager and wait staff wanted to go home. Instead of serving dessert then asking us to leave, they should have just said it was too late to order dessert.

Also, the price for the quality of food was outrageous, not to mention service. I've had better sushi from wholefoods.

This is a warning to all. DO NOT GO TO SUSHI YASUDA.

Cons: BAD SERVICE, OVER PRICE, MEDIOCRE FOOD

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We, a group of experienced diners, went to Yasuda last night with high expectations. Our friends had raved about the quality of fish and the sheer joy of the Yasuda dining experience. We were advised to avoid the tables and sit at the bar. Because we were a party of four, we ignored this advice, and asked to be seated at a table.

We were impressed with the ambience-- cool and modern. The service was a bit in your face and bordering on arrogance. But we waited for the food. We ordered the omakase menu where the chef chooses for you. In chefs we trusted. The appetizers were superb, We liked the deep fried eel bones and the crab innards-- be warned that the portions are tiny.

In contrast to the delectable appetizers, the sushi and sashimi were disappointing. Given the hype we expected the fish to melt and for our palates to be excited like never before. The fish tasted metallic, stale, with a flavor akin to the sushi you get in cheap deli stores. The uni in particular was smelly and downright stale.

After dinner and a $500 bill (including beers and tip), we asked the golden question, "was the food so good that we'd come back". The consensus was a resounding no. We all agreed that neighborhood sushi joints, like Mishima on 30th and Lex, had better sushi.

Of course the Yasuda worshiper would say we should've sat at the bar. Our response is simply that the quality of food should not be conditional on where one is seated. We opine that Yasuda is capable of serving unparalleled sushi to "chosen" guests (all the more reason we feel cheated) and that most diners who rave about this place do so from a herd effect- you think it's good because everyone thinks it's good. We beg to differ.

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★☆☆☆☆

We, a group of experienced diners, went to Yasuda last night with high expectations. Our friends had raved about the quality of fish and the sheer joy of the Yasuda dining experience. We were advised to avoid the tables and sit at the bar. Because we were a party of four, we ignored this advice, and asked to be seated at a table.

We were impressed with the ambience-- cool and modern. The service was a bit in your face and bordering on arrogance. But we waited for the food. We ordered the omakase menu where the chef chooses for you. In chefs we trusted. The appetizers were superb, We liked the deep fried eel bones and the crab innards-- be warned that the portions are tiny.

In contrast to the delectable appetizers, the sushi and sashimi were disappointing. Given the hype we expected the fish to melt and for our palates to be excited like never before. The fish tasted metallic, stale, with a flavor akin to the sushi you get in cheap deli stores. The uni in particular was smelly and downright stale.

After dinner and a $500 bill (including beers and tip), we asked the golden question, "was the food so good that we'd come back". The consensus was a resounding no. We all agreed that neighborhood sushi joints, like Mishima on 30th and Lex, had better sushi.

Of course the Yasuda worshiper would say we should've sat at the bar. Our response is simply that the quality of food should not be conditional on where one is seated. We opine that Yasuda is capable of serving unparalleled sushi to "chosen" guests (all the more reason we feel cheated) and that most diners who rave about this place do so from a herd effect- you think it's good because everyone thinks it's good. We beg to differ.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Stale sushi, Arrogant servic

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I usually don't write reviews unless something was very bad. My husband and I ate there back in November of 2007, and to this day I am bothered anytime I hear of this restaurant. Being a native New Yorker and living in NYC for over 25 years, I cannot believe that I was scammed by this restaurant. We literally paid over $200 for a few tiny pieces of sushi, then left the restaurant hungry and had to go to Junior's Cheesecake in grand central terminal for something to eat. I have no complaints about the service at sushi yasuda, just the food. It wasn't anything special at all. I've had better sushi at Bennihanna. DON'T believe the hype. I've eaten all over the world and I've been to almost every top restaurant in NYC. This place doesn't even deserve to be called a restaurant, more like a snack stand.

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★☆☆☆☆

I usually don't write reviews unless something was very bad. My husband and I ate there back in November of 2007, and to this day I am bothered anytime I hear of this restaurant. Being a native New Yorker and living in NYC for over 25 years, I cannot believe that I was scammed by this restaurant. We literally paid over $200 for a few tiny pieces of sushi, then left the restaurant hungry and had to go to Junior's Cheesecake in grand central terminal for something to eat. I have no complaints about the service at sushi yasuda, just the food. It wasn't anything special at all. I've had better sushi at Bennihanna. DON'T believe the hype. I've eaten all over the world and I've been to almost every top restaurant in NYC. This place doesn't even deserve to be called a restaurant, more like a snack stand.

Pros: After 5 months, still can't think of any

Cons: Tiny portions, WAY overpriced! Left hungry

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Monday march 31, 2008.
I am trying to make a reservation. It is the second time.
First time was last Thursday they told me you have to call 3 days in advance.
Today I called again to make a reservation in the week. First, I was put on hold for 20 min. then when i could say " I want to make a reservation" and asked "for tonigh?" and answered "no" I was put on hold for an other 15 minutes.
I waited to get the name of the guy answering the phone. When he talked with me again, I asked for his name and he put me on hold without even a notice..at least before they said "please hold" ....

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★☆☆☆☆

Monday march 31, 2008.
I am trying to make a reservation. It is the second time.
First time was last Thursday they told me you have to call 3 days in advance.
Today I called again to make a reservation in the week. First, I was put on hold for 20 min. then when i could say " I want to make a reservation" and asked "for tonigh?" and answered "no" I was put on hold for an other 15 minutes.
I waited to get the name of the guy answering the phone. When he talked with me again, I asked for his name and he put me on hold without even a notice..at least before they said "please hold" ....

Pros: can't answer...

Cons: nasty people answering the phone

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I can't believe the sushi quality and taste are so drastically different from those served at the tables vs. those served by Yasuda.

I have sat at the sushi-counter by Yasuda several times and those were pretty amazing. However, due to the difficulty of getting a reservation in front of Yasuda this time around, I tried the table.
Wow...I was just absolutely shocked by what was served at the table. The sushi was comparable to those pseudo-sushi restaurant in the city that are run by Chinese owners. In fact, my party left the place after only finishing 1/3 of what we ordered.

I know for a fact that sushi quality and taste may differ depending on the chef, but the difference I encountered here was just not comprehensible. I really think this is something the management has to look into...

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★★☆☆☆

I can't believe the sushi quality and taste are so drastically different from those served at the tables vs. those served by Yasuda.

I have sat at the sushi-counter by Yasuda several times and those were pretty amazing. However, due to the difficulty of getting a reservation in front of Yasuda this time around, I tried the table.
Wow...I was just absolutely shocked by what was served at the table. The sushi was comparable to those pseudo-sushi restaurant in the city that are run by Chinese owners. In fact, my party left the place after only finishing 1/3 of what we ordered.

I know for a fact that sushi quality and taste may differ depending on the chef, but the difference I encountered here was just not comprehensible. I really think this is something the management has to look into...

Pros: Only dine at the sushi counter in front of Yasuda.

Cons: Absolutely avoid the tables. Rude phone receptionist and staff.

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I've been to Sushi Yasuda several times and each experience has been amazing. I always recommend it to sushi fanatics and they havent been dissapointed. There are some negative reviews on the managers, hosts and staff posted but i disagree. I've always had a pleasant experience with them. For example, I made a reservation for the sushi bar one evening for 7:30 pm and as requested, I called to confirm the day before but there was a mix up and they said they had me down for a table. They said instead, there was an opening at 9:30 pm for the sushi bar. Since it wasnt a big deal, we went at 9:30 pm. The host apologized profusely for the mix up when we got there and at the end of the meal, even sent up for fruit for dessert -- on the house. It seemed they were aiming to please.

The sushi is always great -- I always opt for the omakase and let the chef decide what is the best to serve. Good luck getting a reservation!

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★★★★★

I've been to Sushi Yasuda several times and each experience has been amazing. I always recommend it to sushi fanatics and they havent been dissapointed. There are some negative reviews on the managers, hosts and staff posted but i disagree. I've always had a pleasant experience with them. For example, I made a reservation for the sushi bar one evening for 7:30 pm and as requested, I called to confirm the day before but there was a mix up and they said they had me down for a table. They said instead, there was an opening at 9:30 pm for the sushi bar. Since it wasnt a big deal, we went at 9:30 pm. The host apologized profusely for the mix up when we got there and at the end of the meal, even sent up for fruit for dessert -- on the house. It seemed they were aiming to please.

The sushi is always great -- I always opt for the omakase and let the chef decide what is the best to serve. Good luck getting a reservation!

Pros: sushi, service

Cons: none

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Great sushi! Quick service; people are very nice. Difficult to get in, must make a reservation beforehand. The place is always packed. The sushi is incredibly fresh. I brought my friend from out of town, he said it was the best sushi he ever had. The pre-fix menu is a great value.

2
★★★★★

Great sushi! Quick service; people are very nice. Difficult to get in, must make a reservation beforehand. The place is always packed. The sushi is incredibly fresh. I brought my friend from out of town, he said it was the best sushi he ever had. The pre-fix menu is a great value.

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Is the service slightly shall we say, 'strict'. Yes. Weird, then that they are still open huh? Oh, wait, that's because literally if they knifed me in the foot every time I came here before I sat down, I would still come here 10 times a year. The sushi is the best on earth. Period, end of story, goodnight and goodluck. Anyone who says anything different on this site is probably a chef from another restaurant. There is no describing it, there is only tasting it, so do yourself a favor and go. NOW

2
★★★★★

Is the service slightly shall we say, 'strict'. Yes. Weird, then that they are still open huh? Oh, wait, that's because literally if they knifed me in the foot every time I came here before I sat down, I would still come here 10 times a year. The sushi is the best on earth. Period, end of story, goodnight and goodluck. Anyone who says anything different on this site is probably a chef from another restaurant. There is no describing it, there is only tasting it, so do yourself a favor and go. NOW

Pros: Literally, no joke, the best sushi that exists on earth.

Cons: Competitors on this website pretending to be customers. There are no cons.

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So I made reservations here for a Friday night for me and four friends and we had a great time. Theres a $21 prix fixe menu so that was really good. The service was awesome, our water didn't go pass half a glass! Although the manager was a little rude, I had an overall great experience here. I'd highly recommend the toro roll and reservations are a must! Just don't be late.

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★★★★☆

So I made reservations here for a Friday night for me and four friends and we had a great time. Theres a $21 prix fixe menu so that was really good. The service was awesome, our water didn't go pass half a glass! Although the manager was a little rude, I had an overall great experience here. I'd highly recommend the toro roll and reservations are a must! Just don't be late.

Pros: toro roll, service

Cons: rude manager

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I pass by Yasuda every night as I walk home. Without fail, it is always bustling with folks. With a simple modern decor and no name signage, just a picture of a fish... this japanese restaurant touts fresh, authentic and clean sushi. I love the tri color seaweed salad - simple yet satisfying. The rolls from the toro to the eel to the yellowtail were delicious. In addition, the location is great for midtown east folks. Because it is always busy, I HIGHLY recommend reservations, especially during lunch. Note that it is pricey... a lot of corporate folks during lunch. It's not large and not recommended for large groups. Waitresses are friendly but native Japanese speakers (their English is not fabulous) and the host is a bit terse.

2
★★★★☆

I pass by Yasuda every night as I walk home. Without fail, it is always bustling with folks. With a simple modern decor and no name signage, just a picture of a fish... this japanese restaurant touts fresh, authentic and clean sushi. I love the tri color seaweed salad - simple yet satisfying. The rolls from the toro to the eel to the yellowtail were delicious. In addition, the location is great for midtown east folks. Because it is always busy, I HIGHLY recommend reservations, especially during lunch. Note that it is pricey... a lot of corporate folks during lunch. It's not large and not recommended for large groups. Waitresses are friendly but native Japanese speakers (their English is not fabulous) and the host is a bit terse.

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Went here with my wife since we heard it was exceptional. We consider ourselves sushi snobs having experienced good sushi in Japan (my wife is from there). The evening started out with a rude hostess who gave us attitude (definitely don't show without a reservation...we had one). The atmosphere is very mod and looks nice from the outside but I found it cold and unfriendly inside. Sushi was average...the price was exceptional....there are a lot of better options in nyc....don't believe the hype!

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★★☆☆☆

Went here with my wife since we heard it was exceptional. We consider ourselves sushi snobs having experienced good sushi in Japan (my wife is from there). The evening started out with a rude hostess who gave us attitude (definitely don't show without a reservation...we had one). The atmosphere is very mod and looks nice from the outside but I found it cold and unfriendly inside. Sushi was average...the price was exceptional....there are a lot of better options in nyc....don't believe the hype!

Pros: mod atmosphere....if you like it.....

Cons: price and service

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We made a reservation for 7pm and at the time of the reservation, we were told that we had "leave" by 8pm. We booked the reservation anyway because this supposedly was one of the BEST restaurants.

I'm just surprised that the Manager's attitude was so "snobby." We did quickly finish and paid within the hour.

As for the food, it's very traditional. It's above average, but we'll probably never come back again if we have to rush through every piece of toro.

1
★★★☆☆

We made a reservation for 7pm and at the time of the reservation, we were told that we had "leave" by 8pm. We booked the reservation anyway because this supposedly was one of the BEST restaurants.

I'm just surprised that the Manager's attitude was so "snobby." We did quickly finish and paid within the hour.

As for the food, it's very traditional. It's above average, but we'll probably never come back again if we have to rush through every piece of toro.

Pros: Location

Cons: Service

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The sushi was good. However, managers were so rude!!! - I don't even want to talk about it...I almost wanted to snap at them. And sushi chef who was standing at the corner made customer ( a little girl ) cry!!
I think they are psycho.....
The managers were screaming, yelling at wait stuff...running all over the restaurant....
STAY AWAY FROM YASUDA! Their sushi is not even best sushi in NY.
You can eat better sushi with friendly stuff in Kuruma Sushi, Ichimura and Gari.

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★☆☆☆☆

The sushi was good. However, managers were so rude!!! - I don't even want to talk about it...I almost wanted to snap at them. And sushi chef who was standing at the corner made customer ( a little girl ) cry!!
I think they are psycho.....
The managers were screaming, yelling at wait stuff...running all over the restaurant....
STAY AWAY FROM YASUDA! Their sushi is not even best sushi in NY.
You can eat better sushi with friendly stuff in Kuruma Sushi, Ichimura and Gari.

Cons: Psycho managers.

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Sushi Yasuda is like exiting a plane into an airport to find a world of soft blond bamboo, an army of terrifyingly efficient servers and five masterful chefs that hold much of the rooms attention. That was my immediate impression of the place where I celebrated my birthday. Now to the food...

The sushi was excellent. I stuck rigidly to the recommended fish list and the California uni was my only deviation. Every piece was simply amazing with the exception of one piece of, I believe, a type of trout. I forget which one it was exactly, but it was a bit too tough for my liking. Literally every other piece of 20+ piece meal was astounding, nearly unique and melt in your mouth delicious.

There was a tuna eye appetizer today which I would highly recommend to anyone in the future. First of all, finding tuna eye on a menu is RARE and second of all, it's really good. A fried fugu appetizer was also deliciously subtle, slightly salty and almost creamy. The white king salmon was incredibly flavorful, well formed and cut into a perfectly bite sized portion. I really don't understand some complaints about both portions and service on here, as both were excellent in my experience, though the appetizers were a little skimpy. The sushi was by no means a rip off; I've eaten at some bad sushi places that friends dragged me to in the city and the bill was not far off of last night's.

The oyster was explosively delicious and conjured up an ocean in your mouth. Really top notch oyster. The same goes for the Hotaru squid (believe it was hotaru) which was absolutely bursting and seemed to almost explode as it gels and then liquefies without the intervention of your teeth. All of my pieces were perfectly season and required no soy sauce, wasabi, etc. The uni was similarly explosive, sweet, delicious, slightly salty, etc. Unitastic.

You must try the tuna and the eel as both are hard to beat (in at least NY.) Wonderful eating experience.

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★★★★★

Sushi Yasuda is like exiting a plane into an airport to find a world of soft blond bamboo, an army of terrifyingly efficient servers and five masterful chefs that hold much of the rooms attention. That was my immediate impression of the place where I celebrated my birthday. Now to the food...

The sushi was excellent. I stuck rigidly to the recommended fish list and the California uni was my only deviation. Every piece was simply amazing with the exception of one piece of, I believe, a type of trout. I forget which one it was exactly, but it was a bit too tough for my liking. Literally every other piece of 20+ piece meal was astounding, nearly unique and melt in your mouth delicious.

There was a tuna eye appetizer today which I would highly recommend to anyone in the future. First of all, finding tuna eye on a menu is RARE and second of all, it's really good. A fried fugu appetizer was also deliciously subtle, slightly salty and almost creamy. The white king salmon was incredibly flavorful, well formed and cut into a perfectly bite sized portion. I really don't understand some complaints about both portions and service on here, as both were excellent in my experience, though the appetizers were a little skimpy. The sushi was by no means a rip off; I've eaten at some bad sushi places that friends dragged me to in the city and the bill was not far off of last night's.

The oyster was explosively delicious and conjured up an ocean in your mouth. Really top notch oyster. The same goes for the Hotaru squid (believe it was hotaru) which was absolutely bursting and seemed to almost explode as it gels and then liquefies without the intervention of your teeth. All of my pieces were perfectly season and required no soy sauce, wasabi, etc. The uni was similarly explosive, sweet, delicious, slightly salty, etc. Unitastic.

You must try the tuna and the eel as both are hard to beat (in at least NY.) Wonderful eating experience.

Pros: Freshness, service, atmosphere, quiet

Cons: Price

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I've had the pleasure of enjoying sushi in Tokyo, so I know that this sushi at Sushi Yasuda is mediocre. By American standards it is above average sushi. However, the hostile attitude by the manager/maitre'd are not worth the dining experience. I recommend STAY AWAY from this restaurant!

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★☆☆☆☆

I've had the pleasure of enjoying sushi in Tokyo, so I know that this sushi at Sushi Yasuda is mediocre. By American standards it is above average sushi. However, the hostile attitude by the manager/maitre'd are not worth the dining experience. I recommend STAY AWAY from this restaurant!

Pros: above average sushi in NY, but by Tokyo standards sub par.

Cons: rudest service and not worth the experience to put up with such hostile behavior

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I was seated in front of Yasuda and though he knows how good he is, he did a terrific job of picking unusual and different pieces for me. I just let him take over the choices. The sushi melts in your mouth. It has Masa beat by 100,000 times and is cheaper (but not cheap). My bill for food and tax came to $165 for one person, no alcohol. I have never had sushi like this in my life and don't know how I can go back to anything else after this experience.
However, I was a few minutes late due to a NY taxi driver who was on his cell phone (violation) and went past the restaurant having to back track. The maitre 'd rudely told me I had lost my spot but they had an extra one but I would have to be out in 45 minutes. Yasuda explained how they get ripped off by customers and have to be strict but these characters didn't quit. They were almost hostile. The waitress who does nothing anyway except give you new chopsticks when you drop them asked me at the 10 minute mark if I'd be requiring more sushi. I told her yes and not to mention it again.
They seem not to believe that you might want to take time and savor the food; instead they feel if they hand feed you rapidly you should feel satisfied. The decor is nothing to talk about at all and the staff were mostly morons. Yet I might go back. I actually enjoyed the interaction with the chef despite it going too fast that way.

2
★★★★☆

I was seated in front of Yasuda and though he knows how good he is, he did a terrific job of picking unusual and different pieces for me. I just let him take over the choices. The sushi melts in your mouth. It has Masa beat by 100,000 times and is cheaper (but not cheap). My bill for food and tax came to $165 for one person, no alcohol. I have never had sushi like this in my life and don't know how I can go back to anything else after this experience.
However, I was a few minutes late due to a NY taxi driver who was on his cell phone (violation) and went past the restaurant having to back track. The maitre 'd rudely told me I had lost my spot but they had an extra one but I would have to be out in 45 minutes. Yasuda explained how they get ripped off by customers and have to be strict but these characters didn't quit. They were almost hostile. The waitress who does nothing anyway except give you new chopsticks when you drop them asked me at the 10 minute mark if I'd be requiring more sushi. I told her yes and not to mention it again.
They seem not to believe that you might want to take time and savor the food; instead they feel if they hand feed you rapidly you should feel satisfied. The decor is nothing to talk about at all and the staff were mostly morons. Yet I might go back. I actually enjoyed the interaction with the chef despite it going too fast that way.

Pros: Sushi, chef

Cons: Service, price

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This is hands-down the freshest, most delicious sushi in Manhattan. Pricey but worth every penny. Service is excellent and attentive. Sit at the sushi bar and take the daily recommendations into consideration. Absolutely one of my favorite dining spots in Manhattan.

2
★★★★★

This is hands-down the freshest, most delicious sushi in Manhattan. Pricey but worth every penny. Service is excellent and attentive. Sit at the sushi bar and take the daily recommendations into consideration. Absolutely one of my favorite dining spots in Manhattan.

Pros: Delicious food, attentive service, best sushi in town

Cons: None

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Yup, the sushi is incredible. Yup, the manager is a fascist. If you can keep your Zen calm throughout the insulting reservation and seating processes, you will ultimately be rewarded with some truly wonderful seafood. We were lucky enough to sit at Yasuda-san's station on a recent visit. Every single piece was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and fresh. The exotic (Tasmanian Sea Trout, Pink Scallop Guts, White Eel) as magical as the common (a simple piece of shrimp was rendered sublime in his hands). Sadly, the glaring brightness of the space combined with the tense atmosphere (which seems to trickle from the managment down through the staff) prevent it from being an entirely transporting experience. But this particular omakase feast ranks among the finest I've ever, ever eaten. Tip: Check your beginner sushi habits at the door--the guy next to me poured a big bowl of soy (unneccessary, the chefs season every piece before serving) and used his chopsticks, among other crimes, and ended up getting rather dismisssive treatment and boring pieces as a result.

2
★★★★☆

Yup, the sushi is incredible. Yup, the manager is a fascist. If you can keep your Zen calm throughout the insulting reservation and seating processes, you will ultimately be rewarded with some truly wonderful seafood. We were lucky enough to sit at Yasuda-san's station on a recent visit. Every single piece was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and fresh. The exotic (Tasmanian Sea Trout, Pink Scallop Guts, White Eel) as magical as the common (a simple piece of shrimp was rendered sublime in his hands). Sadly, the glaring brightness of the space combined with the tense atmosphere (which seems to trickle from the managment down through the staff) prevent it from being an entirely transporting experience. But this particular omakase feast ranks among the finest I've ever, ever eaten. Tip: Check your beginner sushi habits at the door--the guy next to me poured a big bowl of soy (unneccessary, the chefs season every piece before serving) and used his chopsticks, among other crimes, and ended up getting rather dismisssive treatment and boring pieces as a result.

Pros: Perhaps the best sushi in town, exotic pieces.

Cons: maitre'd, rushed service, too bright, un-relaxed

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I am not much of a sushi fan but my visit to Yasuda left me extremely satisfied. The quality of fish is exceptional and the mastery of the sushi chef is above many I've seen in NY. This is the place to come for great food and impecable selection of sakes.

2
★★★★★

I am not much of a sushi fan but my visit to Yasuda left me extremely satisfied. The quality of fish is exceptional and the mastery of the sushi chef is above many I've seen in NY. This is the place to come for great food and impecable selection of sakes.

Cons: waitstaff is a bit to huried

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If you're looking for quality sushi in the city, then Yasuda is the place for you. I'd definitely recommend reserving a spot at the sushi bar in front of yasuda himself. Yasuda is an artist with the knife and you will be wowed by his technique in preparing your sushi. If you're the type that prefers large cuts of fish for your sushi, then you might be better suited at Yama because yasuda prepares the sushi so that it is easily eaten in one bite.

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for quality sushi in the city, then Yasuda is the place for you. I'd definitely recommend reserving a spot at the sushi bar in front of yasuda himself. Yasuda is an artist with the knife and you will be wowed by his technique in preparing your sushi. If you're the type that prefers large cuts of fish for your sushi, then you might be better suited at Yama because yasuda prepares the sushi so that it is easily eaten in one bite.

Pros: sushi, yasuda

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The lack of friendliness by the staff in charge towards its customers makes this dining experience a huge disappointment. A very rude manager could use some training in customer service. This type of rude behavior is uncharacteristic of the Japanese, but clearly a staple here at Sushi Yasuda (unfortunately). To become reknown in a services industry such as the restaurant business, you need to have client-facing staff and, lacking this friendliness diminishes what otherwise is good food. When you are paying good money to an establishment you don't want to be treated poorly.

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★★★☆☆

The lack of friendliness by the staff in charge towards its customers makes this dining experience a huge disappointment. A very rude manager could use some training in customer service. This type of rude behavior is uncharacteristic of the Japanese, but clearly a staple here at Sushi Yasuda (unfortunately). To become reknown in a services industry such as the restaurant business, you need to have client-facing staff and, lacking this friendliness diminishes what otherwise is good food. When you are paying good money to an establishment you don't want to be treated poorly.

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Maitre D refused to believe I had a reservation for lunchtime -- and kept interrupting me as I tried to give the name of the party I was there to meet. He and his asstant tried to get me to leave twice and would not let me finish my sentence to say who I was there to meet. I was in business attire and there for a meeting. I have never had such a rude interaction in a restaurant in my entire life. The sushi was fresh, portions small and the slew of wait staff, while much better than maitre d, did constantly interrupt the flow of conversation as other reviewers commented.

I've noticed a lot of women are the ones who are posting the comments about the negative experience, so maybe it's chauvinistic towards women. I was there for a business meeting and had such a bad reception by the Maitre D and his assistant who was there to "greet" guests that I will never return again.

1
★★★☆☆

Maitre D refused to believe I had a reservation for lunchtime -- and kept interrupting me as I tried to give the name of the party I was there to meet. He and his asstant tried to get me to leave twice and would not let me finish my sentence to say who I was there to meet. I was in business attire and there for a meeting. I have never had such a rude interaction in a restaurant in my entire life. The sushi was fresh, portions small and the slew of wait staff, while much better than maitre d, did constantly interrupt the flow of conversation as other reviewers commented.

I've noticed a lot of women are the ones who are posting the comments about the negative experience, so maybe it's chauvinistic towards women. I was there for a business meeting and had such a bad reception by the Maitre D and his assistant who was there to "greet" guests that I will never return again.

Pros: fresh ingredients

Cons: exceptionally rude, beyond horrible treatment of respectable patrons visiting their establishment

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sushi is undoubtedly great but the service is beyond this world rude. i went out to celebrate my birthday with two girlfriends at lunch. we were told we had from 1215 to 130. we spent a fortune eating a la carte sushi, and had paid by 130 but we were not quite done with our celebration. we were not going to stay much longer but at 140, we were told to "move over" to make room for the next guests (but there were none to be found, everyone was seated at this point). when i protested and asked for a little more time, the manager (or his henchman) told us "you leave now". after protesting to his psychotic behavior, we left. then he called us on the cell phone to let us know that we are not "allowed" in his restaurant ever. he is psychotic and i definitely do not recommend this restaurant. that kind of rudeness is not worth any good sushi which is plentiful in new york.

2
★★★★☆

sushi is undoubtedly great but the service is beyond this world rude. i went out to celebrate my birthday with two girlfriends at lunch. we were told we had from 1215 to 130. we spent a fortune eating a la carte sushi, and had paid by 130 but we were not quite done with our celebration. we were not going to stay much longer but at 140, we were told to "move over" to make room for the next guests (but there were none to be found, everyone was seated at this point). when i protested and asked for a little more time, the manager (or his henchman) told us "you leave now". after protesting to his psychotic behavior, we left. then he called us on the cell phone to let us know that we are not "allowed" in his restaurant ever. he is psychotic and i definitely do not recommend this restaurant. that kind of rudeness is not worth any good sushi which is plentiful in new york.

Pros: good sushi

Cons: psychotic maitre d'

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I am a Sushi Yasuda regular, and I give this restaurant the highest of praise. Some people have described the service as rude. I disagree - they just want things handled their way, and if you accept that you will ahve an amazing dining experience. I recommend sitting at the bar because you will then get your pieces one at a time, instead of all at once. The Sushi here are very small, but brimming with freshness. They were also very tender. The chef uses almost no sauces, which is the norm in Japan, but rarer among the upper echelon of New York Sushi restaurants. The price-tag is not unreasonable for a place of this quality. The miso soup is also excellent. One thing to note is that unlike in many other top Sushi restaurants, the regular Sushi is not much worse in quality than the Omakase, so although one may question whether or not the Omakase is worth the price, the $20 Sushitake and the $34 Sushimatsu are undoubtedly a great deal.

2
★★★★★

I am a Sushi Yasuda regular, and I give this restaurant the highest of praise. Some people have described the service as rude. I disagree - they just want things handled their way, and if you accept that you will ahve an amazing dining experience. I recommend sitting at the bar because you will then get your pieces one at a time, instead of all at once. The Sushi here are very small, but brimming with freshness. They were also very tender. The chef uses almost no sauces, which is the norm in Japan, but rarer among the upper echelon of New York Sushi restaurants. The price-tag is not unreasonable for a place of this quality. The miso soup is also excellent. One thing to note is that unlike in many other top Sushi restaurants, the regular Sushi is not much worse in quality than the Omakase, so although one may question whether or not the Omakase is worth the price, the $20 Sushitake and the $34 Sushimatsu are undoubtedly a great deal.

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you will not find fresher fish or a better variety anywhere. After you go to yasuda, you will never want to eat anywhere else. For the best experience, sit at the sushi bar and let Yasuda himself or one of the other master chefs prepare their best selection of sushi or sashimi for you

2
★★★★★

you will not find fresher fish or a better variety anywhere. After you go to yasuda, you will never want to eat anywhere else. For the best experience, sit at the sushi bar and let Yasuda himself or one of the other master chefs prepare their best selection of sushi or sashimi for you

Pros: best sushi

Cons: pricy!

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We had gone to Sushi Yasuda last week. There were 4 of us in the party. We had extremely high expectations of their sushi. 2 of us had come back from Japan a month and a half before eating sushi at Tsukiji market. We thought after sushi in Japan, this might be the next closest thing. It was a delicious experience. However, when we got over the initial shock from the bill, we thought it was justified for having incredible sushi. The problem lies when we didn't have sufficient time to go over the sushi tally because we had to give up our seats by a certain time. We signed our credit card bills and left. The next day one of the diners noticed a discrepency in what we ate and what we were charged. It turned out that we were charged for an additional 5 pieces. It wouldn't have been so bad if it was 1 or 2 pieces. The fact it was 5 a la carte pieces and knowing how pricey each piece was, it was close to 20% of our bill. He contacted the other friend and then we all became aware of the problem a few days later. I contacted them and the restaurant requested I send a fax of the sushi tally. I followed up and they told me because I had signed the credit card receipt they could not issue me a credit and that they had no way of accurately verifying the information. There were 4 in our party and we were unanimous in the fact that we did not eat the sushi that they marked down for us. One of us would remember if we ate a particular type of fish, especially something as exotic as Tasmanian Trout. There was a fluent native Japanese speaker so the Japanese fish names would not have gone unnoticed in our party. In addition, the chef would name each piece of sushi he gave to us when he presented it to us, except 1 throughout the whole dinner.
Like I said we agreed it wouldn't have been a big deal if it was 1~2 pieces. The fact that it was such a gross discrepency in our bill is what made us contact them. What makes us upset is the poor customer service!

0
★☆☆☆☆

We had gone to Sushi Yasuda last week. There were 4 of us in the party. We had extremely high expectations of their sushi. 2 of us had come back from Japan a month and a half before eating sushi at Tsukiji market. We thought after sushi in Japan, this might be the next closest thing. It was a delicious experience. However, when we got over the initial shock from the bill, we thought it was justified for having incredible sushi. The problem lies when we didn't have sufficient time to go over the sushi tally because we had to give up our seats by a certain time. We signed our credit card bills and left. The next day one of the diners noticed a discrepency in what we ate and what we were charged. It turned out that we were charged for an additional 5 pieces. It wouldn't have been so bad if it was 1 or 2 pieces. The fact it was 5 a la carte pieces and knowing how pricey each piece was, it was close to 20% of our bill. He contacted the other friend and then we all became aware of the problem a few days later. I contacted them and the restaurant requested I send a fax of the sushi tally. I followed up and they told me because I had signed the credit card receipt they could not issue me a credit and that they had no way of accurately verifying the information. There were 4 in our party and we were unanimous in the fact that we did not eat the sushi that they marked down for us. One of us would remember if we ate a particular type of fish, especially something as exotic as Tasmanian Trout. There was a fluent native Japanese speaker so the Japanese fish names would not have gone unnoticed in our party. In addition, the chef would name each piece of sushi he gave to us when he presented it to us, except 1 throughout the whole dinner.
Like I said we agreed it wouldn't have been a big deal if it was 1~2 pieces. The fact that it was such a gross discrepency in our bill is what made us contact them. What makes us upset is the poor customer service!

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: Overcharged for sushi not eaten. Need to inspect bill carefully. Diner beware

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I tried Yasuda for the second time, but I still didn't get it...Their sushi and sashimi were really good, without a doubt, but one of the best sushi I ever had in New York? Hmm...Maybe my expectation had been too high. Or, maybe I am too conservative when it comes to sushi.

2
★★★★☆

I tried Yasuda for the second time, but I still didn't get it...Their sushi and sashimi were really good, without a doubt, but one of the best sushi I ever had in New York? Hmm...Maybe my expectation had been too high. Or, maybe I am too conservative when it comes to sushi.

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If you're looking for some completely outstanding sushi, Yasuda is your place. The salmon, tuna, and whitefish in particular were absolutely excellent... the tuna was the reddest tuna I have ever seen, they all had perfectly smooth textures, and were just perfect. Really amazing sushi. My only complaint is that if you eat later (our reservation was at 9:30pm), they tend to be out of some of the fish, including a salmon that I really wanted to try and a couple others. So I would recommend getting an early table (call at least a couple days or a week in advance). Also, their non-sushi selection is pretty minimal, so it is a great place to take hard-core sushi fans, but that's about it. And they don't have very many rolls... I've heard that if you sit at the sushi bar, you can request rolls, but if you're at a table, the rolls are just the fish wrapped in seaweed with rice (which is still good, but I really love creative rolls). But still, the fish is amazingly fresh and it is outstanding sushi... just don't expect much else.

2
★★★★★

If you're looking for some completely outstanding sushi, Yasuda is your place. The salmon, tuna, and whitefish in particular were absolutely excellent... the tuna was the reddest tuna I have ever seen, they all had perfectly smooth textures, and were just perfect. Really amazing sushi. My only complaint is that if you eat later (our reservation was at 9:30pm), they tend to be out of some of the fish, including a salmon that I really wanted to try and a couple others. So I would recommend getting an early table (call at least a couple days or a week in advance). Also, their non-sushi selection is pretty minimal, so it is a great place to take hard-core sushi fans, but that's about it. And they don't have very many rolls... I've heard that if you sit at the sushi bar, you can request rolls, but if you're at a table, the rolls are just the fish wrapped in seaweed with rice (which is still good, but I really love creative rolls). But still, the fish is amazingly fresh and it is outstanding sushi... just don't expect much else.

Pros: SUPER fresh fish, perfect sushi, and very nicely decorated restaurant

Cons: Run out of some of the fish later in the evening, minimal non-sushi selection, no exciting rolls

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Never in my life have I experienced a more pleasureable or sublime eating experience. Every meal at Yasuda immediately enters the "top twenty" meals of all time for me. My wife and I go there for special occasions . . .we can't afford it as often as we like. But the high price is well worth it. Ask for omakase from Yoshi-san. He's friendly, fun, and makes the best daggone sushi anywhere. I cannot recommend this place more highly. Get a reservation. Enjoy. The people that didn't like it . . .I dunno what they did wrong.

2
★★★★★

Never in my life have I experienced a more pleasureable or sublime eating experience. Every meal at Yasuda immediately enters the "top twenty" meals of all time for me. My wife and I go there for special occasions . . .we can't afford it as often as we like. But the high price is well worth it. Ask for omakase from Yoshi-san. He's friendly, fun, and makes the best daggone sushi anywhere. I cannot recommend this place more highly. Get a reservation. Enjoy. The people that didn't like it . . .I dunno what they did wrong.

Pros: Best fish anywhere, Yoshi-san is amazing, the fish is even better than I just said in this list before

Cons: Price . . .I want this every day. Also, other sushi really suffers in comparison so you stop eating elsewhere.

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I went there with a friend of mine, and we both had a terrible experience. The sushi was awful; it looked (and tasted, of course) as if a trainee made on his first day of training. There are much better Sushi restaurants in Manhattan for that price!

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went there with a friend of mine, and we both had a terrible experience. The sushi was awful; it looked (and tasted, of course) as if a trainee made on his first day of training. There are much better Sushi restaurants in Manhattan for that price!

Pros: None

Cons: food, service

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