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Yasuda Sushi Bar with Wife (she no gusta sushi...)

Yet another Yasuda enquiry...
Visiting NYC from Montreal, I would like to try some decent omakaze without mortgaging the house (again) and Yasuda sounds good.
I'd like to sit at the sushi bar and suggest a price range of $150 or so.
The wife, however, hardly eats sushi.
I'd like your opinion on the restaurant's attitude for something like this. She certainly wants to eat (and, of course quaff) but looking at Yasuda's menu on nymag.com, her pickings seem slim.
She's more of a salad/soup/tempura/gyoza/yakitori person.
Any thoughts?

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  1. my thoughts - don;t drag her to yasuda. it is a sushi place, not a japanese restaurant. So either eat there by yourself while she goes elsewhere for dinner (sakegura is right across the street) or go some time you're here w/out her.

    1. Don't go to Yasuda. Try 15 East.

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      15 East
      15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      1. yasuda-san is a bit of a purist, and certainly isn't the most accommodating sushi chef in the world. (i've seen him told people off many times, for doing something silly like trying to order spicy tuna roll. even seen him kick people out once.) however, he's very good at what he does. if you come from out of town and fork out serious money for omakase, there's no sense in not choosing to sit at the head chef's station at the bar (for him you might need a week's advance booking). but then that would be awkward if your wife doesn't eat any sushi. chances are he would take it as a challenge and try to convert your wife. don't know how it would end up.

        so i'd say forget it. go to something like 15 east like gutsofsteel suggests. they have somewhat more variety of cooked food. and the head chef is a nice guy. (I heard the rest of the crew sucks though, so do definitely book at the head chef's station)

        1. I like Yasuda a lot, but like other posters suggested, 15 East is much better for this particular occasion. Excellent sushi AND cooked food.

          1. Take her to Nobu 57 instead. Much better choices for a non-sushi-eater. I'm sure you'll get a table if you're willing to turn up and wait at the bar for 45 mins-1 hour.

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            Nobu 57
            40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

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            1. re: pork_buns

              +1 on the Nobu 57 recommendation.

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              Nobu 57
              40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019

              1. re: bgut1

                nobu 57 is a good restaurant, but the sushi is totally mediocre. if you want to eat well and make the wife happy, fine. but seems to defeat the purpose of trying high end sushi.

                1. re: another_lau

                  Totally agree. You want a very good sushi experience AND other food that is very good at the same place for your wife to enjoy. Stick with 15 East. Reserve at the bar.

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                  15 East
                  15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: another_lau

                    I don't know if I would classify the sushi at Nobu as being "totally mediocre", but I clearly understand the distinction between that and what is served at Yasuda.

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                    Nobu
                    105 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10013

                    1. re: bgut1

                      maybe "totally medicore" was a little harsh. hope i didn't sound like such a snob~ but yeah the sushi at nobu isn't really special enough to worth the trip from montreal

                      1. re: bgut1

                        How about "absolutely mediocre"? Is that a better choice of words? In the 90s, I lived in Japan and so did a friend of mine from school who now lives in NYC. I visit NYC recently and we get together for lunch. He suggests Nobu 57, close to both our offices in Midtown. "Absolutely mediocre" pretty much defines it. I give my friend, who should know better, a lot of grief. Fast forward a few months. Friend is in Tokyo for business. I point him to a couple of good sushi places, which he goes to and is absolutely blown away. Friend apologizes by getting on his knees and begging forgiveness for his blunder on Nobu 57. I forgive him, as I am great and generous in that way.

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                        Nobu 57
                        40 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019