FAT Scale (Flavor, Appeal, Taste): 9.3/10
- Flavor: 9.3/10
- Appeal: 9/10
- Taste: 9.5/10
HAPPY Scale (Hospitality, Atmosphere, Population, Price, Yearning for more): 8.8/10
- Hospitality: 8.5/10
- Atmosphere: 8/10
- Population: Local residents, sushi fanatics, small families or people on dates
- Price: $$ to $$$
- Yearning for more:10/10
If you’re a sushi lover on a budget, this is the place for you. If you’re a sushi lover that wants quality Japanese and fresh fish, this is still the place for you. If you don’t like raw fish (you’re lame and missing out. Jk but not really), this place does their own tempura batter and soba noodles and this is still the place for you.
I don’t think I can or will be able to stop raving about Sushi Yasaka. Why? Because it is one of those restaurants that has changed my life. Seriously – no dramatics here. I have become a regular here, and this place has showed me what it means to expect really quality fish and experience, without the overly bougie, uncomfortable vibe. Sushi Yasaka strikes the perfect balance of a restaurant that is pristine, modern and fancy enough yet still feels warm and homey. No frills, no jumping on the bandwagon of meaningless trends; just fresh, quality ingredients made simply and authentically. Tucked into the Upper West Side, it is my staple restaurant for quality takeout and a fancier Omakase dinner for me and my boyfriend and/or roommates.
Whenever I come here, I’m not only satisfied but purely delighted. My mouth waters just as I think about their Omakase. 12 pieces, 1 handroll. $45. Dead serious. If you know how much Omakase can be in this city, you know that getting real quality at this price is almost impossible. But please trust me, this place knows how to do it right. While the Omakase does change depending on what’s fresh and available, the rundown almost always includes lightly torched/seared Toro, sweet ebi served with a fried head, sweet yet smoky torched scallop, and fresh and silky salmon topped with salmon roe. Some special treats have included fatty yellowtail belly and sweet blue crab. Each piece is an experience to be savored, a different flavor and taste that I simply cannot describe in words to do it justice. So just go. Sit at the sushi bar (the only way to really experience the omakase), and enjoy.