401 E 73rd St, New York, NY | Directions 1002140.768448 -73.955388
Mon., Sun. CLOSED;Tue. - Sat. 12am - 10pm
Neighborhoods: Upper East Side, Midtown
Worth every penny – To call this a sushi place is almost an insult to the chefs there. Definitely not for noivce. The fish is very fresh of course. Rice is warm, which strangely, brings out the best taste of the flesh. It's not cheap. We spend $350 for 2 cause we order 2 bottles of sake & additional sashimi. The abalone is great.
This place is definitely for sushi purists only.
Great sushi – I love how cute this place is. Also they are very sweet and inviting- you feel like part of the family, not just a customer. and the chef is an incredible stickler for freshness. I know that he chooses fish by hand every day at the seaport. This guy is no joke and will only serve the best. :)
Great sushi QPR – This place rocks, it's a great omakase joint that's not hideously expensive despite the quality of its ingredients. Sit at the bar and let the master take care of you.
That said, two things stand out: they need to pack the rice tighter, several times on repeat visits the rice crumbled as I was bringing the roll to my mouth. Also, if you go for the early seating, you might feel rushed (I eat slowly, granted).
That's the only 2 reasons I didn't give this place 5 stars.
Hands Down, best creative sushi in the City – I think you can only order the tasting menu, which is definitely what you want to do. Unlike other pretentious omakase menus in the city (i.e. Masa), this place has a laid-back, non-stuffy vibe. It's very small, so you will interact with the sushi chefs. And unlike a very traditional Japanese place (which has a time and a place), all of the courses come with creative sauces and dressings that really compliment the seafood. I had the most memorably fresh oysters in my life here. You can tell that there is exquisite attention to detail. Take a date here who really appreciates food, and she will be wildly impressed.
Wonderful sushi--top-notch, melt-in-your-mouth fish and seafood. – I have been there twice now, and I can't wait to go back again! The freshness and the quality of the seafood is among the best I have had in the city. Even though the plates are small, and most of them would take no more than a minute or two to consume, you will be quite full at the end of the meal. This is a great place to impress a date if he or she isn't afraid of eating raw seafood of all sorts. The decor is somewhat lacking, and the service isn't terribly great if you aren't at the suchi bar, but the staff does aim to please. Make a reservation before hand, and, if you want a smooth flow of dishes yet not so fast so that you are getting a new one every 2 or 3 minutes, I think 6:30-7 pm during a weekday should be about perfect.
During both of my visits I requested an encore at the end of the meal--another blue crab roll the first time, and one more sea urchin the second time (I have never had such a large and great tasting serving of sea urchin except when I was in Tokyo)--and my bills came to about 100$ before tax and tip. Some signature dishes do not seem to change much--like the albacore/octopus/oyster trio at the start, and the crab roll at the end, so I wonder whether it would be fun after 3 or 4 visits. The sushi rice is warm, which is pleasant in your mouth, but sometimes it falls apart too easily. Finally, I wish they would serve some desert at the end--anything, jelly or ice cream would do. But I suppose such ordinary desert would be anti-climatic after what come before.
go there! – the fish here is incredibly fresh. the omakase exceeds sushi of gari but is lighter on your wallet. just tell your server what you don't eat, and allow the chef to do the rest. the sashimi starter is sublime, as is the king crab roll finish. in between are several courses of sushi, paired to highlight eachother, and are served on warm rice (it brings out natural oils in the fish for maximum flavor). definitely my favorite sushi restaurant in the city, i try to come as often as i can. price ranges from $65-70 per person depending on what the chef serves. he takes requests after the omakase if you're still hungry. call ahead for reservations...
MEDIOCRE all the way – Everyone seems to be calling this an amazing SUSHI joint.. but it was totally MEDIOCRE.
The temperature of the rice was a little too warm and the nigiri (sushi) wasn't shaped nicely.
I think the customers feel special at this joint because the menu is Omakase(pre-fix) ONLY. Also, the white small plates made me feel like I was at a caroussel sushi joint.
Two of us ordered a small bottle of beer each and the bill came out to be around $220 together with tax and tip. NOT worth the price.
Amazing Sushi at a Great Value – I've tried many of the mainstream upscale Japanese restaurants in NYC and finally decided to go for a more delicate/authentic experience. After doing much review, I decided to go to Sasabune on a Saturday for their famous Omakase. The reservation was made for 7, but after being stuck in traffic, we were delighted to when we were seated promptly at 8.
We were asked if we wanted to order drinks, what we didn't want to eat. Once these questions were answered, the show began. Sushi were served in pairs on a very simple white dish, but all of it tasted divine. The butterfish on rice surround by seaweed was the star of the night, and the bluecrab roll got better with each bite. The tab came to 170 for two and with a small bottle of Sake, I'd definitely come to this place again!
Sushi so good you start to crave it!!!!! – Sit at the expanded sushi bar (try lunchtime- not so crowded) and get ready for an amazing experience- from the starter of albacore sashimi to the ending of a blue crab handroll, each piece of sushi is better than the next. I am so addicted I end up going almost weekly. Not cheap, but a great value as the quality is unmatched in the area.
No menu, so this is not really sushi for beginners, but if you love sushi, you MUST try this place.
Overall great experience – I ate at Sasabune last night... I would have to agree with all of the reviews and give it one of my highest ratings for a sushi restaurant (the fish is of very high quality). I really enjoyed the experience here. You walk in, order a drink if you like, tell the waitress what you don't like and then you just sit, relax and enjoy. They started last night with albacore in a soy/wasabe plate and then the sushi came on small plates with two pieces each time; you consistently wait the same amount of time between each dish. The waitress politely tells you what pieces you should eat with soy and which ones not. The evening ended with one of the best rolls I've ever enjoyed, it was a fresh crab roll, very plain, but so savory. In a 'joking' matter, when I was paying the bill, I was able to think of the experience I had while still tasting that roll! I would go here on a weekend night even though there's little decor and being so far out of the way for me. It's $65/person.
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