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“Nothing wrong. Nothing special.”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Sasabune

Sasabune
Ranked #2,756 of 13,551 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $100
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Los Angeles, California
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140 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Nothing wrong. Nothing special.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2012

IF you are in the neighborhood, I guess you go. But it is really the locals that have pumped up the ratings on this place. Rice is done correctly, which is key in sushi. But really very uninspired over-all. Better off going down town a dozen blocks to Sushi Seki, that is for sure.

Visited May 2012
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Newnan, Georgia
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144 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Don't go here for the ambience - sprint here for the fish (and bring a good amount of $$$)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2012

I was working in NY for this week and my wife came up for Thursday night and the weekend. Wanted basically the top sushi joint in NYC and based on trip advisor reviews, this was it.

First, don't expect a tranquil looking kyoto dining room. Expect instead more the NYC version of the Tsukiji market in Tokyo captured in an upper east side small restuarant.

Basically, for the $130 or so per person, you are served 15 rounds of the freshest sashami and a few cooked things you are going to get in the city. Basically, the chef picks the selection for the night although the waiter asks if you don't like certain things (uni, sweet shrimp, etc.) For around 90 minutes, as soon as you finish one plate, another arrives. Each time, the waiter gives strong instructions about when you use the soy sauce and when you don't and I strongly recommend you follow his advice.

We especially liked the white tuna, the oysters, the tuna belly, scallops.

Highly recommend -- getting hungyy again thinking about the place.

  • Visited January 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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140 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Good but not the best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2012

There is absolutely nothing wrong with this place. The fish is fine. The rice is fine. It's fine. Inventive, it is not. Just doesn't blow me away, and with the kind of ratings it has, it should blow me away. I think the people in the neighborhood correctly regard as the best with a ten block radius. And they review it a lot, so it gets a high rating.

  • Visited May 2011
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New York, NY
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424 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
“Best Sushi in NY”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2011

This place only offers an omikase dinner, which means that they decide what you are going to have. (Before the process begins, they ask if there is anything you don't want, so if urchin is not your thing, you can avoid it). After that, they bring you seven or eight wonderful small plates of raw fish, some exotic and some not, and all with really tasty sides/sauces/etc. The room is basic, but the service is attentive and informative. Not cheap, but I think it offers the best sushi in the city. Worth the journey.

  • Visited October 2011
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very tasty food but expensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2011

The food was great, very small place, but the price is a bit to expensive

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