Managed to have my first ever sushi experience the Monday after Irene swept thru NYC at Sushi Yasuda. Del Poisto cancelled Saturday dinner and I was determined to have a memorable dining experience before leaving NYC. It was; and now I'm hooked, tho' still virtually a novice.
Heading to California and researching sushi spots in the San Diego/La Jolla area, I came across a debate on SD Chowhound about buying one's sushi chef a sake or beer during the course of the meal. Just wondering about this practice. I can't imagine doing such a thing at Sushi Yasuda. All the chefs seemed so impeccably formal, such a custom strikes me as being unseemly and overly familiar.
Is this a Japanese custom? Do Manhattan sushi eaters buy their sushi chefs drinks? Insight and perspective would be most appreciated.
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