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Authentic Sushi

cornichonII Nov 25, 2007 07:42 PM

I am searching for a sushi place, preferably hole-in-the-wall, that serves authentic sushi - no rolls, no crazy sauces, or deep-fried fish, mayo etc.... Just fresh nigiri and sashimi.
Oh, is run by Japanese people (not Korean, Chinese, Malaysian..)
Can anyone kindly share?

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    chefstu Nov 26, 2007 04:55 AM

    Sushisay on East 51st St. All Japan trained chefs. This is where the Japanese business men go. Some of the best sushi in NYC.

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    1. re: chefstu
      MMRuth Nov 26, 2007 04:56 AM

      Is it still there? I thought it has closed ....

      1. re: MMRuth
        erica Nov 26, 2007 06:39 AM

        Not in the new Zagat so likely has closed.

        Sushiden on east 49th might be what you are looking for..

      2. re: chefstu
        jeanki Nov 26, 2007 10:41 AM

        it closed but was replaced by the similar Sushi Ann.

        everyone recommends Sushi Yasuda.

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        Leeannaray Dec 27, 2007 06:02 AM

        Inase on 1586 1st Ave between 82nd and 83rd. Every time I've been there the diners have been almost exclusively japanese. As is the sushi chef/owner and all the staff.

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          Yeo Dec 27, 2007 06:07 AM

          Sushi Yasuda!
          Kuruma Zushi - terrible decor, AMAZING fish. Bring extra $$$

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            joschus Dec 27, 2007 06:59 AM

            No question in my mind - Sushi Yasuda. Top quality and very friendly sushi chefs interested in explaining their different types of fish.

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              halo Dec 27, 2007 07:26 AM

              yasuda's far from being a hole-in-the-wall. i think the OP was looking for a cheaper place so i'd say inase, shimizu, and ushi wakamaru qualify. all excellent traditional nigiri/sashimi places where you can sit athe bar and the chef prepares piece by piece. omakase will run you about $60-$80 just for the food.

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              1. re: halo
                hamstrman Dec 27, 2007 02:08 PM

                I agree wholeheartedly with Shimizu and Ushi. My top choice would be Ushi Wakamaru, which just reopened yesterday from its renovations! Yasuda is my favorite place ever but that doesn't strike me as a "go there whenever the mood strikes me" type of place. And Kuruma, while "authentic" is just insanely priced. Like beyond special occasion.

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                justinb914 Dec 27, 2007 03:08 PM

                Lunch at Yasuda's is a great value.

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