Sushi Yasuda

By grace.g.yang ยท October 23, 2009
Under: Desserts,Dinner,Grace's Picks,Japanese,Midtown East,My Life,Prix-fixe,Sushi

Last week, my friend, Remy, flew in from Europe to wine and dine his friends from the city. Well, he was here on vacation, but he’s very interested in fine dining and made reservations at many of New York’s best restaurants and invited his friends along for the ride. Luckily, Remy asked me for some recommendations for restaurants (the only places I recommended to Remy that he hadn’t visited were Minetta Tavern, DBGB, and Per Se’s Salon, and Sushi Yasuda). He asked if I wanted to tag along for Sushi Yasuda (his treat) – how could I resist?

Remy had just visited Jewel Bako earlier in the week and thought very highly of it; when I visited, I didn’t think it was that great and didn’t even bother writing a review (someday, I will find those pictures and actually write one). As we walked up 43rd Street, the stench of fish was almost unbearable and I was really afraid that Sushi Yasuda wasn’t going to meet Remy’s expectations, but as soon as we walked in, the smell disappeared and we had an incredible meal.

We started the evening by sharing one tasting; the sushi chef asked if we had any dietary restrictions (none) and what kind of fish we liked (tuna) – basically, we were in his hands the entire night. Each piece of fish was silky and literally melted in my mouth. Today, I’ll do a picture post for one of my favorite restaurants in New York.



Each piece of fish has the perfect amount of soy sauce added to it and there’s no need to dip any more (unless the sushi chef tells you to). The wasabi is also much lighter tasting since it’s freshly grated.

A fresh seaweed salad with a toasted sesame dressing:


Pickled vegetables:


More delicious fish:


Have you ever had a scallop with sea salt on a little mound of perfectly made sushi rice?:



Or a large hunk of sea urchin with sea salt:


Or smooth and creamy eel:



It was my first time trying clam prepared with sushi rice:


Delicious Spanish mackerel:


Different types of clams on a bed of chirashi (the textures of the clams, seaweed, and roe was pretty amazing):


Another seaweed salad:


And the perfect way to end a perfect meal – green tea ice cream:


Thank you, Remy, for treating me to an amazing meal. I hope you had an enjoyable time in New York and please come visit again very soon!

Sushi Yasuda on Urbanspoon

Reader Comments

how are the prices at that restaurant? Is it too pricey to go regularly?

Written By John on October 24th, 2009 @ 10:09 pm

Sushi Yasuda is one of my favorite restaurants! I love how the sushi literally melts in your mouth.

Written By Jessica on October 25th, 2009 @ 10:13 am

Love the photos! I don’t care to eat uni, but it makes for a great picture.

Written By plumpdumpling on October 25th, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

John – the prices aren’t ridiculous ($35 for a prix-fixe), but you’ll most likely order some other items a la carte after the prix-fixe. They also have take-out, so I guess people don’t find it THAT expensive ๐Ÿ™‚

Written By Grace on October 25th, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

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