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Yasuda: Worth a try?

I prefer sashimi with a bowl of rice. I can only imagine the glower Yasuda would toss me.

Apr 24, 2008
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Top 10 Manhattan Sushi

One question that helped me decide is "Should tuna be flourescent pink?".

Apr 24, 2008
broccoli in Manhattan

Top 10 Manhattan Sushi

I agree but I don't think Japan is the world's sole supplier of "sushi grade" fish. If someone doesn't want to eat fish from the North Atlantic but prefers fish from off the coast of Japan or even fish from North Atlantic that is shipped to Tsukiji and sold to some agent who sends them back over to NYC, let them pay for the shipping and handling. But if I want to enjoy fish, I want a significant amount of my money going into fish and not for shipping nor for the experience of dining in a Zen-induced trance.

Apr 24, 2008
broccoli in Manhattan

Baked Bread - Where is NYC's best baguette?

Whole Foods baguette is the worst I've had; the crust gets chewy in no time flat. I like Fairway's but if I eat too much of it, I end up with a gigantic headache; they must add something strange in there. So far the best I've had is from Balthazar: consistent crispy crust sometimes dark sometimes light, soft innards, the expected bread aroma, and no headache. One problem is that the run out really quickly; sometimes by 3pm.

Apr 20, 2008
broccoli in Manhattan

Top 10 Manhattan Sushi

Seems to me Ushi is quite empty now. I should try it. But I'm confused by people who don't like Tomoe; probably because Tomoe is too egalitarian while at Yasuda, the severity of decor, tiny delicate portions, and the prices makes one feel more special. You can get the freshest sushi possible at the Tsujiki fish market and I can tell you it will cost you just $40 for that pleasure; so you should seriously wonder what are you really paying for at Karuma and Yasuda. Let's not kid ourselves.

Apr 20, 2008
broccoli in Manhattan

Top 10 Manhattan Sushi

I agree with you on that the fish is second tier since all of mine were cooked except for the boring tuna roll. Creativity just simply doesn't pop into my mind when I think of Gari unless creativity was all confined to the small drips of very forgettable sauces.

Apr 20, 2008
broccoli in Manhattan

Yasuda: Worth a try?

Please, NOW I know some of you people are hallucinating. That 10 minute wait is going to change the taste SO MUCH versus the far more palpable change occuring when the fish is caught, prepared at Tsujiki, and transported many dozens of hours over to Yasuda and prepared yet again for the day. Right.

Apr 20, 2008
broccoli in Manhattan

best challah in NYC??

I totally agree with you. Zomick's is like a cake. I absolutely hate it. It has a whimpy yellow crust and the inside is all eggy. I need my crust to be dark and almost chewy. And it needs to taste good when dipped in water. Zomicks' gives me no such pleasure.

Nov 18, 2007
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