Sushi Yasuda

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Filip Wolak
Sushi Yasuda
Filip Wolak
Sushi Yasuda
Filip Wolak
Sushi Yasuda
Filip Wolak
Sushi Yasuda
Midtown East

Seeing the sushi master practice in this bamboo-embellished space is the culinary equivalent of observing Buddhist monks at prayer. Counter seating, where you can witness—and chat up—the chefs, is the only way to go. Prime your palate with a miso soup and segue into the raw stuff: petals of buttery fluke; rich eel; dessert-sweet egg custard; nearly translucent discs of sliced scallop over neat cubes of milky sushi rice. Still craving a California roll? Move along.

Venue name: Sushi Yasuda
Address: 204 E 43rd St
New York
Cross street: between Second and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri noon–2:15pm, 6–10:15pm; Sat 6–10:15pm
Transport: Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central
Price: Average sushi meal (eight pieces, half roll): $23. AmEx, DC, MC, V
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I'm not a big fan of sushi, but with the exception of the sea urchin, this was actually pretty good.