Sushi Yasuda

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Details
204 E 43rd St (at 3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 972-1001
Sushi
$ $ $ $
Hours
Mon–Fri: Noon–2:15 PM Sat: 6:00 PM–10:15 PM

It’s a special kind of restaurant that you can walk into, sit down, and without looking at a menu just say to the people preparing your food, "Yes, please" — and know that every bite is going to send you searching for new superlatives. For sushi lovers, that’s exactly what Sushi Yasuda and its minimalist blonde wood dining room represents. To say the fish is fresh at this Midtown East sushi temple just doesn’t do it justice — for many, experiencing the taste and texture of seafood at Yasuda will set the bar for what freshness means. The restaurant's namesake and founder, Naomichi Yasuda, decamped back to Japan in 2010, but the standards he established here haven't faltered. His hand-picked successor, Mitsuru Tamura, along with master sushi chef “Tatsu” Tatsuya Sekiguchi, keeps that Yasuda philosophy alive. So much so, in fact, that The Daily Meal named it among America’s top sushi spots, second only to Masa (see No. 23). Remember, following Japanese customs, Sushi Yasuda’s servers are compensated by their salary. Yasuda has led the way among the new “no gratuities” movement in America. No tipping here.

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Restaurants, April 1, 2015

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Foursquare Tips

  • Reserve a seat at the bar of this bamboo-clad space to watch Tatsu and Mitsuas theyre called by regularsdispatch purist renditions of nigiri onto wooden trays in elegant, efficient movements.
  • Make a reservation at the bar and ask to sit in front of Yasuda him self so he can learn you something. Very very expensive but unforgettable experience. Don't waste your time if you crave rolls.
  • Best. Sushi. In New York. If you go though, you must make a reservation to sit at the sushi bar in front of Yasuda and say omakase. Otherwise don't bother at all.
  • Recommended by Travel Channel host, Anthony Bourdain.
  • Try the Sushi
  • Yasuda regulars know their sushi chefs by name and send them Christmas cards. If you're not getting world-class omakase here, you're not at Yasuda. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Omakase! The best sushi I've ever had. Including in Japan.
  • Some of Manhattan's most highly acclaimed sushi.
  • Best sushi in NYC
  • Try the Sushi Matsu instead of the Omakase, it is much cheaper and if you ask for chefs choice, you are essentially getting the same experience at a fraction of the price.
  • Best sushi in NYC bar none. Enough said.
  • Recommended dishes: Sushi and sashimi, flash-fried shrimp, grilled fish liver and flash-fried eel bones.
  • for the purists.. THE BEST uni in the city..! sit at the sushi bar if you can - you may be lucky enough to be served by chef yasuda himself!
  • If you're not a sushi fan, this place may change your mind.
  • The most amazing sushi in NYC! Very expensive, but the fish is so fresh that it melts in your mouth!
  • Get yourself a seat at the sushi counter, ask for omakase, open your senses and experience some of the best sushi in the city. The minimal yet warm space contributes just as much as the food.
  • Ugh my favorite thing ever!
  • Best sushi. Period.
  • Best sushi in NYC. A purist will love it.
  • In a city that eagerly embraces each successive wave of Japanese imports, Sushi Yasuda remains the ideal long-running, low-key place to celebrate sushi as its meant to be eaten.