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Best sushi in Manhattan

I'm returning to my home town for another visit. Have lived in Los Angeles area for decades now, but always love "going home". I'd like to hear from New Yorkers- what is the best sushi bar you know?

Thanks!

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  1. If price is no option... Yasuda (or Masa but that is silly money)

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

    Masa
    10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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    1. re: dyrewolf

      15 East - I'm not sure it's "the best" but it's very good and the chef is delightful.

      (Yasuda is not that expensive)

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

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        I actually think it is the best, and Masato (the chef) is fantastic... not cheap, but a great atmosphere with the best sushi in Manhattan. Forget Yasuda, Gari, etc -- this is a notch above!

    2. Best sushi is probably Masa, but you know we're talking Urasawa-kind of money and not everyone can spend that much on one meal.

      My faves are Yasuda and 15 East.

      1. Unless you spend $$$$, you're goin to be disappointed with most places here if you're used to Nozawa, Gen, Hiko.

        Not precisely sushi but you might try Desnuda in the East Village.

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        Desnuda
        122 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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        1. re: Pedr0

          IMO Yasuda and 15 East are much better than Nozawa, and honestly you won't spend *that* much money, especially Yasuda where you can get out for $100/person without too much difficulty. I've never been to Hiko, and Gen it's not the best comparison since it's all about dirt-cheap lunch specials. High-end sushi-wise, NYC can easily compete w/ L.A. It's those good $50/person range spots that NYC lack.

          1. re: uwsister

            Yasuda is decent but for the price, I don't think the fish cuts it.

            1. re: Pedr0

              If you think Nozawa is better than Yasuda, I'm afraid we will have to agree to disagree.

              1. re: uwsister

                wanted to chime in and say that Gen didn't live up to the hype. 15 East (have yet to try Yasuda) is definitely better.

                1. re: uwsister

                  The quality of fish I've had at Yasuda is all over the place, sometimes good sometimes it's pretty meh. Nozawa has always, in my experience, been consistently excellent.

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                    re: uwsister

                    +1 Yasuda is better than Nozawa

                    1. re: Pookipichu

                      To me they are not even in the same league.

              2. 15 East, slight edge over Yasuda.

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                1. re: thegforceny

                  15 East is excellent, the chef is charming, but Yasuda gets a broader range of fish, and the rice - if you care - is definitely better. Nothing wrong with 15 East, but Yasuda is best unless you are OK with Masa/Kuruma Zushi stratospheric prices.

                  1. re: Wilfrid

                    the 3 varieties of uni, plus 15+ kinds of fish and shellfish i had at 15 East recently in the omakase was better than anything i've had at Yasuda...and rice was equal/better imo...and infinitely better atmosphere...and wine pairings available at 15 East...imo, there's no comparison...personally i see no reason to go to Yasuda when i can have better sushi at 15 East, or better price-point-with-still-great-fish/more-pleasant-vibe at Ushiwakamaru...

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

                    1. re: Simon

                      THis is correct.

                      Some of the difference in rice preference could be the difference in the way they are made. Yasuda and 15 East make their rice differently. Different vinegars mean different tastes.

                      That being said 15 East is far better.

                      Other good choices are Shinbashi, Seki, Ushiwakamaru, Kanoyma(If you want variety) and not sushi, Kyo Ya.

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

                      Kanoyama
                      175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                      Ushiwakamaru
                      136 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                      Kyo Ya
                      94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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

                      1. re: sushiman

                        Put me on the 15 East is better group as well. Not only is the sushi superior, but the cooked dishes(hamo, tako, soba), japanese style desserts(soba tofu, sakekasu ice cream, zensai), wine/sake list are superior, not a fan of their western style desserts.

                          1. re: gutsofsteel

                            agree, except I actually like the desserts! :-)

                        1. re: Simon

                          15 East is IMHO the best sushi in Manhattan. Yasuda is good for eel. Chef Yasuda was an "eel man" in Japan. Nuf said . For modern style sushi Sushi of Gari which is more like Sushi Roku in LA area

                          1. re: foodwhisperer

                            Yasuda has been here since he was 18, not sure when he found time to be an "eel man" in Japan.

                            I did here through the grapevine that he is about to open in Tokyo in a fancy neighborhood.

                            1. re: foodwhisperer

                              Yasuda does serve fantastic eel - and a friend of mine who's a regular at Masa and Urasawa agrees that Yasuda's eel is tops. Perhaps I should use a past sentence though, as I haven't been back since his departure.

                              1. re: uwsister

                                Truth be told, his eel was really good. That was my favorite part of the meal. He always had 4-6 different preparations. All grilled variations.

                                My point is that he never did it in Japan.

                                The king of anago in NYC is Nakajima at Shinbashi. His eel is sublime.

                                1. re: uwsister

                                  I find Masa's eel at 15 East to be at least as good if not better than at Yasuda. It is his trademark item.

                                  1. re: Yaxpac

                                    I think Masa's eel at 15 East is the best , Yasuda did have more varieties of eel and I did like the eel at Yasuda. As far as Yasuda being an :"eel man in Japan" I heard it from Japanese friends of mine that say they knew him. It is quite possible that they were wrong and sushi man is correct. That said, if Yasuda was here in US since he was 18 years old, then he is surely not a trained sushi chef, who put in his 7 years in Japan under a sushi master. Massa at 15 East is in fact a trained sushi chef, whose Master still has a restaurant in Japan , and is good friends of Jiro , the oldest sushi chef in Japan, and perhaps the most famous.

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

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

                                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                                      There used to be a place in Manhattan that specialized in grilled eel, perhaps Yasuda used to work here.

                                      1. re: foodwhisperer

                                        Yasuda was an apprentice at Hatsuhana and worked there for years, right up until he opened his own restaurant. When he started the head Chef was Hiro, then Shin Tsujimura and since Shin went to Nobu, Seki.

                                        So he was trained, here at Hatsuhana.

                                        1. re: sushiman

                                          I find Seki to be a very good chef. I enjoy sitting in front of him at Hatsuhana. I find the other chefs to be a significant step down.

                                          About Shinbashi...I have had dramatically different experiences over 4 visits. As mentioned, the only way to go there is to sit in front of Nakajima on a Thursday or Friday. I did enjoy his sushi quite a bit, especially his conger eel. However, I was VERY off put by the service there, especially by Nakajima himself. There was a clear separation between the Japanese clientele and the non-Japanese clientele. It was to the point where it became uncomfortable and to be frank...it pissed me off. I don't need to be clearly mocked and joked about as if I didn't "understand" what I was eating. When discussing Shirako I was spoken down to like a child, followed by rousing laughter amongst both the chefs and the patrons. I was hesitant to even post this but it should be known, especially with the chearleading for this place that often occurs on chowhound.

                                          I have never felt this way at any other restaurant of any designation and for this reason, I will never return. There is better sushi elsewhere in a much more comfortable setting. There are too many caveats to getting the "good stuff" there that does not exist at othe places.

                                          Service aside...the sushi at 15 East and Yasuda is heads and shoulders better than Shinbashi (with Nakajima on a Thursday or Friday).

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

                                          1. re: Yaxpac

                                            thanks for the report. cancelled my resv for tonight. 15 east had a spot!

                                        2. re: foodwhisperer

                                          Had the eel at 15 East a few weeks ago and it was, indeed, otherworldly. Almost puffy and soft, it melted on the tongue

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

                                          1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                            Did you try both types? I think the eel at 15 East is excellent, but I do prefer one over the other.

                                            1. re: Nancy S.

                                              That night he was serving anago, finest l have experienced since Sawada in Tokyo.

                                              1. re: Delucacheesemonger

                                                Excellent. I'm going there in a few weeks and look forward especially to the eel, and the brilliant soba.

                            2. Yasuda serves great sushi and is perfect for its price point. Don't need to spend crazy amounts of money on Masa. Book early - not easy to get a reservation.