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The Lowdown on Sushi Yasuda

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Where: Midtown East

S&S Rating: 7.5/10

Zagat Rating: 27

Price: $100 per person. There's an Omakase menu, named after the Japanese phrase for "I'll leave it to you," where the chef chooses what he thinks are the best selections for the night. The price depends on what kind of fish is served, but ours, which seemed pretty standard, was about $85 per person. Appetitzers are around $10 to $20. One piece of à la carte sushi ranges from $4 to $6.

Good For

  • Special date nights
  • Nice dinner with your parents

Bad For

  • Big groups since the best seat is at the sushi bar, where food is served straight from the chefs' hands to your plate and you can watch them at work
  • Families- see above; plus it was eerily quiet in the restaurant so I wouldn't recommend bringing any loud little ones

Don’t Miss

  • Appetizer specials of the night- we had the grilled Chilean sea bass and the flash fried tuna, which were great alternatives to raw fish
  • Octopus sashimi
  • Fatty tuna nigiri

Skip On

  • Branzino sashimi or nigiri- I'm a fan of buttery, melt-in-your-mouth fish like fatty tuna so the tough, raw Branzino didn't do anything for me. You can always tell the Chef not to include a certain fish, so I would recommend leaving out any Branzino from your Omakase order and going for something more tender instead.
  • Sea urchin nigiri, which is made from the sea urchin's gonads (aka the equivalent of my ovaries). Maybe it's an accustomed taste, but I wasn't a fan of the super slimy texture.

Top image by NY Times (since we unfortunately couldn't get seats at the sushi bar in time)