204 E 43rd St
(between 3rd Ave & 2nd Ave)
New York, NY 10017
I recently watched Jiro Dreams of Sushi again because LAW had not seen it yet. It was, again, inspiring and humbling. For LAW’s birthday, I decided to take him out to what I have synthesized to be the closest thing to Jiro we could find in NYC.
We ordered the omakase, which translates to, “I’ll leave it to you” in Japanese. Ordering the omakase means you are entrusting your entire meal to the sushi chef. It is a form of respect at these nice sushi places and also the way to go because you end up getting the freshest fish and potentially trying some new fish you did not know about. The omakase at Sushi Yasuda ranges in price (averages at $125 per person), depending on how much you can eat and what kind of fish you are served. The sushi chef serves about 20-30 pieces of nigiri sushi, one by one, ensuring that every piece you get is served at the proper fish temperature and rice temperature. After the last nigiri of the set, usually an egg custard one, he asks if you would like anything else. Our meal, including tip, was $350. You are supposed to eat using your hands. There is a pinched piece of cloth drenched in lemon water for you to wipe your fingers after each bite.