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Jul 19, 2006 04:17 AM

yasuda or should i wait for tokyo?

it's my last month in new york and i'm trying to figure out what is a must-hit and what, perhaps, i might skip in favor of other chow. yasuda gets a lot of favorable press here, and i've never been ... but i'm going to japan for about two weeks pretty soon.

is it worth hitting up yasuda, or will the yasuda-memory fade as soon as i start eating in tokyo?

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  1. While Yasuda is one of the better places in ny, you can have 5 better meals in Tokyo for the price of one at Yasuda.

    1. My suggestion would be to go to Taro Sushi in Park Slope, Brooklyn. A meal there will run you $20-$30, and the fish is quite good. Also, talk to the proprietor, whose parents own a sushi bar in Tokyo. (His is a "branch" of that bar.) He'll tell you where to go to find the best sushi in Tsukiji (which you should definitely do one morning at around 6 am, preferrably after a night of heavy sake consumption.) A lot of his daily specials are flown in from Tsukiji daily.

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      1. re: lambretta76

        Tsukiji is easily the freshest sushi you'll ever find. Go early to see the tuna auction.

      2. The others are wrong. You should eat at Yasuda. Yasuda is, first of all, the best sushi place in the US other than Masa and Urusawa, which cost hundreds of dollars. And, more importantly, Yasuda competes just fine with places in Japan. Japan is full of sushi bars, but the great majority of them are merely okay, not nearly as good as Yasuda. Good sushi in Japan is really expensive.

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        1. re: Carl

          I agree with Carl. Go to Yasuda so you have a gold standard. Then go to Tokyo and let us know if you can readily find places better and cheaper. More importantly, if you do, make a list so future travelers can share your good fortune. I've been told that it is harder than one would expect to find great sushi at a reasonable price in Tokyo.

          Afterall, you can never have enough great sushi....especially since you'll soon be moving to SF. I still fly SF->NY for Sushi Yasuda at least twice a year...which you may be doing since it's easier than SF->Tokyo.

        2. wait for Tokyo. I love Yasuda, and I agree it is among the best in ny. (btw, Taro in Park Slope is very good, too) But there is no comparison to Tokyo.
          Why? because what makes sushi exceptional rather than yummy is the freshness of the fish. period. Of course the chef needs to have mastered the right cut, etc but, really, it's about the fish. In Japan, there is a culture surrounding the preparation and delivery of fresh fish to your plate. So navigate Tokyo wisely (yes, there are lenty of average places there as well) and you will be rewarded with an exceptional meal. If I were you, I'd concentrate on the food that is unique to NYC! but it depends where you are moving to?

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          1. re: kvn

            I would have to concur with kvn. What makes a place like Yasuda great (and expensive) is that they get a good portion of their fish flown in from Japan, but since you'll be in Japan, you'll be able to cut out those costs and as long as you choose your sushi places carefully, you should be able to eat very well.

          2. thanks for all the great advice!

            i'm moving to san francisco, so good sushi (though perhaps not great) will be around. and i have a friend who lives in tokyo, so he'll be able to steer me towards the great stuff.

            and believe me, i've been eating as much as possible, in an effort not to miss out on anything. i think my pizza consumption is up to at least once/day.

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            1. re: instrumental

              i also agree w/ kvn and E Eto...Yasuda is great but you can get as good or better in while your meal would be great, it's not a must, given your plans...

              that said, i'll add that, if you like wine, go to Jewel Bako, sit at the sushi bar, and have the owner Jack pair fine red and white wines with each course...i've taken friends from Tokyo there and they've been delighted because they don't know of any Tokyo place that offers that...