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Sushi Yasuda - Omakase price range?

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bdschneider Mar 7, 2008 06:31 PM

I've read about Sushi Yasuda being perhaps the best in the city, and I want to take my (Japanese) girlfriend for her birthday. Do you know how much the omakase generally costs? I can't gauge if it's going to be completely out of my price range. I was thinking $75-100/pp.

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    tpigeon Mar 8, 2008 04:42 AM

    I would say more like $125-$150. However, I would go even in the price range you mentioned because the sushi is so good that you should try it once even if you leave hungry. Get some grays papaya later that night :).

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      RCC Mar 8, 2008 04:48 AM

      Our average bills with a couple of small sake and a glass of white wine to start with ranged betwee $175 to $225 for two. Each time, we didn't leave hungry.

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        tpigeon Mar 8, 2008 06:55 AM

        I eat a lot but what is really funny is that my bill for myself at Yasuda is higher than what you pay for 2. I gave the $125-$150 as a "normal appetite" proxy, including tax and tip.

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          slep Mar 8, 2008 07:09 AM

          I went recently and sat in front of Yasuda. He gave us roughly ~16 pieces each (one by one), including an extra toro at the end. That, with 4 or 5 Yebisu's + tax resulted in a $300 bill (for two). He is such a funny guy. Someone sitting next to us asked Yasuda for a sashimi recommendation, and Yasuda replied "my recommendation is that sushi always better than sashimi." After the guy got his sashimi, Yasuda told him to apply the wasabi directly on the fish. Then he started mixing it in the soy sauce and Yasuda pretty much lunged at him and proceeded to apply wasabi himself on each piece of sashimi.

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            RCC Mar 8, 2008 07:38 AM

            It's probably because we live a few blocks away and it's relatively easy for us to get a table at short notice, sometimes on a whim, that we take it for granted not to overdo the ordering. But, like I posted earlier, we've never left hungry. Oh, and btw, I don't recall us ever ordering dessert at the restaurant.

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              tpigeon Mar 8, 2008 10:41 AM

              They have killer vanilla ice cream.

        2. Miss Needle Mar 8, 2008 08:12 AM

          I don't think that a higher price necessarily buys you that much more food -- just more expensive pieces of fish.

          btw, the sushi pieces are generally smaller here than in most sushi places (less rice and thinner slices of fish). So you may also want to take that into factor as well.

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            ESNY Mar 8, 2008 08:39 AM

            I disagree completely. No matter how much I have spent, I've always gotten the same quality of fish. Just more or less of it.

            You can go in there with a price range in mind and he'll adjust accordingly. Just tell him you'd like to spend $75 or $100 on pieces and he'll give you the best of what he has until you reach your price point. I've also gone in and asked for a certain number of pieces too.

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              MMRuth Mar 8, 2008 08:43 AM

              I don't think Miss Needle said anything about the quality of the fish changing - just that the higher cost is reached not by a greater quantity of sushi being consumed, but rather by consuming pieces that are more expensive - i.e., more expensive tunas rather than less etc., presumably based on market pricing.

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                tpigeon Mar 8, 2008 10:42 AM

                I eat anywhere from 45-50 pieces per sitting. So I guess that depends on who you are talking about :). I always run out of time...

                One time, I am going to make 2 reservations in a row, back to back and really get down to business.

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                  Lau Mar 8, 2008 11:08 AM

                  dude 45-50 pieces??? haha thats probably like $350+ of sushi at yasuda

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                    RCC Mar 8, 2008 11:14 AM

                    We averaged about 15 - 20 pieces per person. My highest might have been about 25 pieces.

                    45 - 50 pieces? Man, that's a lot!

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                      tpigeon Mar 8, 2008 09:16 PM

                      Don't think my bill ever hit $350 for myself. My largest total was 54, but that was in the days before the 2 hour limit. I was with other people who ate less so while the bill did not come out to that much per person, my share might have hit that that time...The only reason I know btw is because Yasuda usually tells me how many pieces I have after I am done. I don't count myself.

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                        Miss Needle Mar 8, 2008 10:03 PM

                        Wow. You're quite hardcore. But, then again, there are people who can eat that or even more at an AYCE sushi place (and they really give large portions or rice).

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                          tpigeon Mar 9, 2008 06:40 AM

                          Yeah, I'm no professional eater. I was just pointing out that I eat a lot and had to estimate what a "normal" appetite might spend because mine isn't normal. There are good and bad things about having a big appetitie. I do get to enjoy more food than most when I go places because of capacity, but obviously watching one's weight is always an issue.

                          The other benefit to having a large appetite is that the chefs/staff end up liking you a lot at good restaurants. Lot's of people go to great restaurants for scene only so when you eat a lot they appreciate it and sometimes offers you stuff. Not Yasuda btw (I am just mentioning this as fact and have nothing against Yasuda - I never expect anything just because I'm a pig :) ).

                          Edit - I have been told that sometimes people think I'm a food critic because I order so much food - so that may explain some of the good treatment I get too at times...

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                      DarthEater Mar 8, 2008 04:26 PM

                      What the..? 45-50 sashimi or sushi? I could do 10-13 sushi but even a third way through i start peeling the fish off and leaving the rice.

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                        tpigeon Mar 8, 2008 09:16 PM

                        Dearth. I only eat sushi at Yasuda. Remember, the pieces are small :).

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                          DarthEater Mar 9, 2008 11:58 PM

                          Yes, and so is my petite frame.

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                        NMW1982 Mar 31, 2010 10:54 PM

                        I commend you on a job well done. Wow...45-50 pieces!

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                        kobetobiko Mar 8, 2008 11:28 AM

                        That's also how I interpreted what Miss Needle said. I don't have a big appetite and I can only handle about 12 (+/-) pieces of sushi at one time, but I can still spend $100 to $200 at Yasuda depending what kind of fish I ordered. If you order a few extra pieces of otoro or uni or anago, your bill adds up substantially.

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                    Lau Mar 8, 2008 08:30 AM

                    i actually think its more like $100-110 a person (w/o drinks)...i've eaten there twice in the last month

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                      sam1 Mar 8, 2008 08:40 AM

                      ive been there when toro is not recommended and walked out with $80-85 per person at the bar.

                      my avg bill though is 100-115 or so.

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                      tinymango Mar 8, 2008 03:04 PM

                      do they make you eat omakase when you sit at the bar?

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                        Lau Mar 8, 2008 04:13 PM

                        no they do not...in fact the omakase at yasuda is basically just the chef's choice and you can tell him when to stop whenever, i think there is a general amt of sushi (probably around 12 pieces) that is the "omakase" but they will stop or keep going if u ask them to

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                          tpigeon Mar 8, 2008 09:17 PM

                          Lau is dead on +1.

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                        kathryn Aug 27, 2008 09:38 AM

                        Update: Frank Bruni of the NYT did a short re-review of Sushi Yasuda today. He wrote, "for 36 pieces of sushi in all, or 18 for each of us, we paid $159."

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                          SomeRandomIdiot Aug 27, 2008 10:07 AM

                          The pricing is sort of weird since he checks off what he thinks he served you after the meal. My internal count of the pieces always seem to be higher than what he marks down.

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