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Sushi Yawa on 8th St. is actually GOOD!

sing me a bar | Apr 29, 200804:36 PM

One doesn't expect much on 8th St., but on a whim I tried Yawa and I'm now a convert. I took out a chicken teriyaki the first time. Instead of the usual scary mystery cuts you sometimes get, it was slices of white meat and the sauce was much subtler than the sticky sweet stuff some teriyaki is served with. It came with broccoli, rice, a very fresh little salad and the prices are very moderate, even cheap. I later tried the sushi. The salmon skin roll was crunchy, perfectly well-done. I had some halibut, which was amazingly good and they provided ponzu and the chopped scallions. I think they gave me engawa (the special fin portion) as a gift because I remarked that they had some in the case.The staff is extremely on the case and genuinely hospitable. On to go orders they actually put fresh soy sauce in little tubs, even though the to go package already has the little servings of soy in plastic that is usually kind of blah. They also gave me enough extra wasabi (for which I'd asked expecting an extra dab) for a small army and it was very fresh and coarsely cut, like one gets at Ushi or some other upscale places. All in all, they are putting out good sushi. The portions are very generous.The miso soup is even unique, with a very nice character, not the plastic stuff some places offer. The people at the door and the servers are very conscientious without being intrusive. It's the kind of place you want to support, especially since I see it's kind of slow there so far. I didn't know there's another one on Hudson or thereabouts. I think it's a great addition to the street and is avery economical alternative to cho cho san a few doors east.

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