when Yasu closed shop several months ago it left a huge void in the neighborhood for quality sushi. i ended up cabbing to the uppereast every week to get my sushi fix... until now! Shimizu is every bit as good as Yasu was in its fish quality and preparation.
the restaurant itself hasn't changed at all from the previous yasu decor. layout is exactly the same and i think the furnishings are also the same. i didn't really check out the menu since we were ordering piece by piece at the sushi bar but the 2 appetizers the chef recommended, the ankimo and a salmon dish were very tasty.
a party of 3 ordered 2 appetizers, a plate of 3 blue point oysters, about 7 sushi and hand roll each, and dessert. the sushi was very fresh and size very japanese. pretty much what you got with yasu. we tried toro, kanpachi, uni, orange clam, ebi, and a few others i cannot recall but everything was very very good. oh yes, they had a fresh cod roe sushi which was absolutely amazing! and the nori was especially tasty and really gave the sushi a different dimension when used with uni and the cod roe. the total came out to $130 before tip. very very reasonable. mind you that Shimizu is still BYOB which is a big plus for some...
i was very happy leaving Shimizu knowing that i didnt have to trek to the uppereast anymore everytime i wanted good sushi at reasonable prices. i hope many people can try this place and give it the support it deserves. yasu unfortunately didn't receive enough and i would hate for the same thing to happen again to Shimizu.
51st street between 8th and 9th ave (old Sushi Yasu place)