I’ve found myself in a certain predicament quite a few times recently: I have something to go to around Lincoln Center and I don’t know where to eat. I know, I know…first world problems. ANYWAYS, I feel like the restaurants in the most immediate proximity to the area are pricey, but at the same time, I need something relatively close-by so I’m not late for my movie/show/whatever. The past times I’ve gone south to Annabel and BarBacon, and this time I went north for Sushi Yasaka.
Since my crazy all-you-can-eat sushi bonanza at Yuka, I haven’t really been in the mood for sushi. Yeah, that was a long, long time ago, but stuffing your face with unlimited sushi for two hours can leave you feeling a little meh about it afterwards (as in, I couldn’t even think about it without getting a bit queasy). But, now! Now, I’m back on my sushi game.
After looking at some Yelp reviews, we thought it best to make a reservation for our dinner on Saturday night. Turns out that Yelpers were right because when we got there the place was packed. It’s not a small restaurant, but it’s pretty popular so I would recommend you do the same.
My sushi ordering always seems to go one of two ways. 1) Get two rolls, one or both of which have crunch and spicy mayo. 2) Get some kind of combo plate to get an assortment of nigiri sushi and a roll. This time I went with option number 2, as Sushi Yasaka has a sushi deluxe option on their menu that comes with 9 pieces of sushi and 1 roll chosen from a specific list (I picked spicy tuna), all for $21. I also threw in miso soup, because why the heck not? It was cold outside, and that’s enough reason for me.
It didn’t take long at all for our order to arrive, and I was delighted to see that one of the nine pieces of sushi was uni, or sea urchin. I’ve actually never had it before, and it’s one of those things I’ve always wanted to try and would be down to try but just never did. Well, thanks to Sushi Yasaka now I have! It’s so creamy and unique compared to other kinds of sushi, making it a great addition to add variety to a sushi plate. Also, trivia time. Did you know that uni is considered by some people to be an aphrodisiac? Oo lala. My other main takeaway from my dinner here was that all the fish had a buttery, melt-in-your-mouth quality. Weird thing to say about fish, but the best way to describe it. Two thumbs up!
Rolls range from about $4 to $9 here, and you have the option to get the omakase for $45. What that means is that you leave it up to the chef to decide which 12 pieces and roll you get. I’ve never done omakase before, but I hear that’s a pretty affordable price for it in the city. So, no matter what way you decide to get your sushi, or if you decide to order the other Japanese dishes offered here like sashimi, tempura, teriyaki, and noodles, Sushi Yasaka is a great option for pre-Lincoln Center dinner.
Miso soup, sushi deluxe with spicy tuna roll
251 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023