324 West 51st St bet 8th & 9th
Washington Jefferson hotel 1st FL
opened a month ago.totally authentic japanese.
despite of the name, sushi is not only the specialty but also the kitchen produces Iron Chef like modern japanese cuisine.
from the several visits, for the appetizer, had the excellent foie gras & shrimp savory steamed egg custard (a.k.a. chawan mushi - very traditional, if not using foie gras ), served in piping hot.also,
the crab cream croquette with pink cream sauce & home made brown sauce ( a.k.a. ton-katsu sauce )was very good.the filling was freshly made and very tasty, the pink sauce ( made with grenadine & cream )was bit too sweet to me but the brown sauce was perfect.
the roll cabbege ( a.k.a. rolu cabetsu - japanese style stuffed cabbege, very typical home cooking )that was bathed in the deeply flavored bit sweet tomato sauce, was very good too. for the main, the grilled duck / free range chicken & japanese leek was very simple but really good.the pork / beef cutlet ( a.k.a. ton / be-fu katsu ) with mustard & home made brown sauce was crispy and light.the cutlet is more like european style than the japanese one - like Katsuhama's.YASU's cutlet has a lot less the fried breaded part.
and for the sushi, this restaurant makes really authentic sushi that most of NY's sushi places don't make.the ZUKE ( a tuna that is marinated in special soy sauce : the most traditional and one of the oldest sushi kind.it takes time to make.), and the HIRAME KOBU JIME ( a flounder that is marinated with japanese sea weed - Konbu - and rice vineger, very very traditional, it's time consuming too.), these two are must be ordered. these are NOT on the menu, you have to ask them " what's good for today ". because the sushi chef Yasu - san is preparing different sushi
the decor is simple and very clean.the price
is, app $5 - 10, main $15 - 25, sushi $4 - 8 a piece.
don't forget the Omu rice ( tomato sauce pilaf coverd with omelete - one of the most popular home cooking in japan) for the lunch special ( not avaiable for the dinner ). also, this restaurant serves traditional japanese style breakfast - the Yasu plate : grilled fish, cold tofu,japanese Omlete with ground radish, small side dish, miso soup, rice or rice gruel, green tea - comes all of these above for $7.50.
this restaurant don't really advertise, people still don't know.no need to reservation so far.