i went to sushi yasuda recently and found it to be absolutely amazing; unquestionably the best sushi i've ever had, and wonderful service. i wonder if there are other traditional, tokyo-style sushi restaurants in manhattan or brooklyn that folks think are similar to yasuda. the simple elegance and superb quality of the food is essential. thanks!
interesting - it was one of the chefs at yasuda who specifically called their sushi "traditional Tokyo-style." the tallish one with a ponytail. goes by hiro, among other names.
i will research this further.
whatever tradition it is, technically speaking, the question really is about other restaurants that are similar to sushi yasuda in terms of sushi preparation and presentation. so if you have any such suggestions, sushiman, i'd love to hear them!
"interesting - it was one of the chefs at yasuda who specifically called their sushi "traditional Tokyo-style."
"Ummm... Edo is the old name for Tokyo."
This is the way it was explained to me.
Edo is the old name of Tokyo, so Edo style is the more traditional style of Tokyo sushi.
Yasuda keeps his fish in boxes the way that it was done in Edo. The refrigerated display is the modern way.
Yasuda also uses a lot of local fish. Edo was famous for its local catch. Using local fish is in that spirit.
He presses the fish onto the rice a little more than, what I would call a "modern" Tokyo style restaurant would, where the fish seems to ride on top of the rice. Pressing the fish is at the very core of the invention of sushi. Brushing the fish is another stylistic difference. If you look at Yasuda's sushi and the sushi at his old home Hatsuhana, they look different. I would call Hatsuhana Tokyo style.
The old style also stays away from any "modern" ingredients.
So simply Edo style would be old school, Tokyo style new school, but not new like the Gari style, where anything goes. I think in Japan they call that American style.
FWIW, I think Tokyo-style and Edo-style sushi are pretty much the same thing. What the itamae was differentiating between when he said Yasuda serves "Tokyo-style" was between Kansai and Tokyo-style sushi. Tokyo (or Edo-style) is the hand-rolled or hand-formed sushi that we all know whereas Kansai-style sushi is Oshizushi or pressed sushi. In that case you're in luck because you'd be hardpressed to find good oshizushi anywhere in Manhattan.