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