|Sashimi at Sushi Yasuda - a beautiful sight|
|Assorted pieces of maki: tuna, yellow tail, arctic char|
It is also not that expensive - many other places with far inferior sushi are pricier. For example, for $22.50 you can have 5 pieces of nigiri and 2 rolls or 4 pieces of nigiri, 1 roll, and 3 varieties of sashimi (2 pieces each). 3 rolls are $20.50.
|A variety of nigiri: orange clam, scallop, mackerel, fluke, yellow tail|
Even the soy sauce tastes different here - it has a fuller, more umami, taste than at most other places.
The miso soup has no tofu, just incredible miso combined with rich dashi and a few slivers of scallions. It makes other miso soups - ours included - seem like a completely different dish.
|More varieties of nigiri including bonito, a type of tuna|
|White fresh water eel sushi - grilled to order|
The fish is breathtakingly good, making you want to close your eyes so there are no other distractions. Some, like the blue fin tuna, seemed to melt in my mouth. (Yasuda has taken some heat for continuing to serve the imperiled blue fun; you can certainly do without it).
|Green tea and red bean mochi|
The variety is also unparalelled. On a recent visit, the menu featured five different kinds of eel, three different kinds of tuna, six different kinds of salmon, etc.
There isn't much of a dessert menu, but for an extra $2 on the prix fixe, they will bring you green tea or red bean mochi, homemade ice cream wrapped in delicious sticky rice cake.
For more information about Sushi Yasuda, including advice on reservations, see our friend Roger's post at lifelaidout.
|Matsu, the sushi chef who prepared my meal on a recent visit|
204 East 43rd Street
Recommended Dishes: Sushi and sashimi, whatever is freshest that day, don't worry about what it is ($3.50 - $8.50 per piece). Prix fix ($22.50). Omakaze starts at $80.
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