First, I’d like to apologize for the belated review. I should lose my Chowhound card. : ) Second, I’d like to thank all the amazing ‘hounds who helped make our trip to New York so incredibly memorable. You are world-class! We went to Sushi Yasuda, EMP, Ippudo and Degustation.
Our first major restaurant experience was undoubtedly the best: sushi at the bar in front of Chef Yasuda as Sushi Yasuda. This is truly one of the most special meals I’ve had anywhere, thanks largely to the man himself. We ordered the omakase and let Chef Yasuda bring it on. He regaled us with stories of seaweed quality and when and where they obtain various fish, etc. It was fascinating. (This is in between our “oos” and “ahs” of eating some of the freshest sushi I’ve ever had.) He’s right about the seaweed, too. His is crisper and more delicate than I usually get. I tried sea urchin for the first time – it literally exploded with flavor. We had about 15 pieces, and tuna roll (he told us how most restaurants use spicy sauce to literally cover up sub-par fish). He asked us if there was anything we didn't like, and my husband cited squid or octopus. Chef Yasuda replied that the squid was very fresh that day, and we must try it. He was right. After he made about 60 cuts in it, it was perfect and not the least bit chewy, which has always been my husband's problem with raw squid in general.
He also made us a sprout hand roll. It is the first hand roll I’ve had that I actually liked. Once again, I credit the quality of seaweed. He hilariously told my husband he had his sushi in a “submission hold,” and proceeded to correct our use of chopsticks. Love it! When we were leaving, he asked where we were from. When we said Austin, he gave us the Longhorn “hook ‘em” sign. I would do a lot for a picture of that. It was a highlight of a trip filled with very good eating. We are considering a special trip to New York just to eat there again.
I will post more later when I finish my write-ups.
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