Looking for an omakase (mostly sashimi/sushi, not kaiseki) that is <$250 per person for a birthday dinner. The birthday guy prefers more traditional/simple preparations where the raw ingredients shine the most. We won't be drinking much, so alcohol costs aren't really a factor. There will be 4 of us, but we prefer sitting at the bar; we spend a lot of time together so not having the best set-up for conversation is fine!
Of all the favorite restaurants mentioned on CH for omakase (specifically in this recent thread http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/885504), I've only been to Sushi Yasuda. I sat with Yasuda, who I know has since left, and it was wonderful. I would definitely go back, but just wanted to make sure there weren't other places we should choose instead (15 East?).
If we do go to Yasuda, is there a specific chef we should request?