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fooodie Feb 28, 2011 10:37 AM

Has anyone been since Yasuda has left? Who's the best chef to sit in front of these days? Thanks

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Sushi Yasuda
204 E 43rd St, New York, NY 10017

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    shoeman Mar 26, 2011 09:28 AM

    less arrogant

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      howo5 Jun 14, 2011 07:18 AM

      How does everyone else feel about chef Mitsuru? I ate with him a couple weeks ago and although the quality is still there, I felt that he served us very fast and was not as engaging (of course who is compared with Yasuda). I also miss the fact that Yasuda always miscounted in our favor so the bill would come out considerably less when he was there.

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        MsAlyp Jun 14, 2011 09:37 AM

        Although I have not been back since Yasuda left it was his charm that really made it a fabulous experience. He wanted dinners to try and enjoy - hence why I think most people would get cheaper bills (now when does that ever happen in NYC?!) He provided the experience, without him I doubt it can be the same.

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          howo5 Jun 15, 2011 12:22 PM

          I've been to 15 East but don't find it as varying in sushi/fish choices as Yasuda.

          What's next in line to try that has that great variety of fish with high quality like Yasuda?

          I'm pretty much a Sushiphile, so don't delve into sashimi or cooked dishes much.

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

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        sushiman Jun 15, 2011 12:27 PM

        Just as mediocore as ever.

        I find it hard to believe that Yasuda EVER gave a customer a break on the tab.

        Sorry, but there is much better to be had in NYC.

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          howo5 Jun 15, 2011 12:43 PM

          Hi,

          I've read your threads that Shinbashi is the way to go. but from what it sounds like you need to know the chef or speak japanese for the good stuff. Is that true? Any other recommendations?

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          Shinbashi
          7 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

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            gutsofsteel Jun 15, 2011 02:26 PM

            I went to Shinbashi on sushiman's recommendation - it was my first time. I sat in the center of the bar in front of the head chef and I had an excellent meal. I didn't know the chef and I don't speak Japanese, but I did speak to him, indicate my experience, talk about the fish, the season, etc etc. I got plenty of attention, and was served top notch things in terms of quality and presentation. I'm looking forward to going back.

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            Shinbashi
            7 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

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              howo5 Jun 15, 2011 03:34 PM

              Thanks Guts,

              I'm not sure I get how they can have a variety of high end fish if they don't advertise it or it's not the focus like it is a Yasuda. Any tips/tricks to getting the good stuff? Do you have some examples as to what varieties of fishes they have a Shinbashi?

              Thanks a lot, we're moving from NY soon and will miss the Sushi more than anything else here so want to maximize our meals.

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              Shinbashi
              7 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

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                gutsofsteel Jun 16, 2011 08:45 AM

                I generally go to places that serve seasonal things as a focus. The large variety isn't important to me. Skill, presentation, quality, freshness, flavor, interesting...that is what matters to me.

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                  howo5 Jun 16, 2011 02:47 PM

                  Thanks guys, I went to 15 East today and had a great meal with Masa.
                  I'm still curious about Shinbashi though, Chef Nakajima does Kyushu style sushi? I asked Masa and it sounds like the difference is the fish is fresher, albeit with a chewier texture. Is that what to expect? Any tips on how to get a great meal at Shinbashi? Is it better to go at Lunch or Dinner? (I really enjoy lunch service at 15 East)

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

                  Shinbashi
                  7 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017

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                    sushiman Jun 17, 2011 08:16 AM

                    Chewier? First, the fish comes from Kyushu. Second, there are stylistic differences in the way that the fish is marinated and served. If you go, Thursday and Friday are the best fish days and ask Naka about it.

        2. steve h. Jun 15, 2011 03:00 PM

          Yasuda is still very good. I miss chatting with the guy, though. He was an integral part of my meal.

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            kaijuqueen Feb 8, 2013 03:25 PM

            Mitsuru is fabulous!!! What a relief when Yasuda left--so arrogant and not even a great chef. Mitsuru's sushi is flawless and the dining experience is so much more enjoyable. We have been eating there for over 10 years...it has never been better.

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              steve h. Feb 8, 2013 06:30 PM

              Yasuda got along quite well with me and my son. We talked a bit, laughed a lot, ate quite well.

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            Lau Feb 8, 2013 03:35 PM

            food quality is exactly the same.

            i usually sit in front of mitsuru, english is just so so. Not that talkative, but he's a nice guy

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