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Sasabune - 32 Reviews - 401 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 249-8583


401 E 73rd St, New York, NY 10021
New York, NY 10021
(212) 249-8583
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Sushi that changed my life, all I really need to say. The omakase at sasabune is just...omg... It changes...


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Editorial review from Citysearch 5/22/2013

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Life Changing 12/31/2012

Sushi that changed my life, all I really need to say. The omakase at sasabune is just...omg... It changes... more

Life Changing 12/31/2012

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Sushi that changed my life, all I really need to say. The omakase at sasabune is just...omg... It changes constantly and the price tag is steep ... more

Editorial review from Citysearch 11/30/2012

Our meal here was highly dissapointing..We are sushi fanatics and love Sushi of Gari and Sushi Seki in NY ..We had been to Sasabune in LA and wanted to try NYC location.It was not good...It really had no special flavorings and some of the sashimi was freezing cold, and some was almost warm. For the first time both my husband and I got a fishy taste it was not much so we came home and had hot water with lemon to try to get rid of the bad taste...We sat at the sushi bar and the wall next to me was filthy, really gross...and to top it off 280$...which i was expecting but when its not even good or special...makes it a bit more unpleasant...will never return there...Sushi seki and gari are a million times better, and friendlier and better ambiance... more

Super Expensive 11/14/2010

I'm an avid sushi eater from NYC and I've been to Japan. I do my fair share of fine dining. This restaurant was much more expensive than I expected (and I'm not cheap). It cost $270 per couple. That included the prix fix menu and a $60 bottle of saki (shared by 4). Without the saki, the price would have been $240 per couple. \r \r I take blame for being surprised by the cost because I should have asked more questions before I ate. For example, from the bill, it appeared that we actually got charged per piece; so it may have been possible to order less courses. The sign on the door says"" trust me"" and so I did. \r \r We did not receive any dessert with our meal. We also didn't receive salad or any side items (no edamame or anything other than fish). For $270, I would have expected at least a dessert. \r \r It was a very casual meal for $270 dollars. I could spent less at a much more elegant restaurant. \r \r Price aside, I did love the food. And we got a ton of fish. The first course consisted of about 10 pieces of albacore tuna! We had about 10 courses in all, and all were delicious. We also got 4 oysters each. Great food and very fun. \r \r Be careful going to this restaurant. Ask questions first to figure out how much you'll spend. And if you don't mind spending $250 per couple, then definitely go because the food is great. \r \r \r \r more

Great sushi 2/9/2010

Great food, but a bit pricey. Atmosphere needs work. Overall, a very good experience more

the best in NYC 10/13/2009

this is difference from others. more

Oustanding Sushi 4/18/2009

From the outside it looks like a regular sushi place where people normally order take out or delivery, but don't let it fool you. This place by far is one of the best sushi place in NYC. They literally fly the fish from Japan!! Talk about fresh!! The price is a little in the high side and there's no menu. The sushi master will create whatever he desires that day and it is up to you to eat it. If this sounds scary, don't be, because his creation are spectacular! If you like fresh sushi and sashimi like the ones they have in Japan.... going to the UES is shorter ride than to Tokyo. Pros: Best sushi in NYC Cons: Small Restaurant more

Best Sushi in NYC!! 2/11/2009

The best sushi I had in NYC!! I went there several times and never disappointed, sit in the sushi bar if possible. Omakase only, the chef make the next piece of sushi only after you finished your piece, the rice in the sushi is still warm while you eat it. Kumamoto oysters, abalone sashimi (whole) in half shell, uni and salmon roe, etc, everything that I was served was top quality and fresh. Highly recommended.\r Pros: Top quality sushi, excellent service, fresh ingredients Cons: Decoration is average more

Best Sushi EVER! 10/25/2008

My BF's and I have been to the Honolulu and NYC restraurants and they are simply the best ever for sushi. We talk about our meals there all the time and in fact we are going there tonight to celebrate the one year anniversary of finding the restraurant in Honolulu. It is that good! Our next step is to complete the Susi Sasbune trifecta and go to the one in LA. Pros: Best sushi anywhere and service is excellent more

Awesome food, great experience 6/12/2008

I found these reviews online and took a chance (I've only been in NYC for 7 months). My BF actually congratulated me on finding a ""steal"" (he's from here). We sat within seconds of arriving on a Friday night with reservations made at 4pm that day! We told the server what we didn't like and then we ate the freshest sushi I have ever had in my life! I eat sushi and often! Our service was fantastic! We especially appreciated the little tips on soy sauce/no soy sauce. Although I have to admit it wasn't a posh atmosphere, we had a dinner that we still talk about three months later and inspired me to write this review! We will be back! Pros: Fresh, fresh, fresh; attentive waitstaff Cons: smaller space, not a lot of frills more

Best sushi in NYC by far 6/11/2008

I have lived in NYC for over 30 years and have been to all the big name sushi restaurants: Masa, Kuruma Zushi, Blue Ribbon, Sushi Yasuda, Sushi of Gari, Bond Street, Sushi Sen-nin (just to name a small handful). Sasabune absolutely destroys all of them. The prices are totally fair for what you are getting, and the service is excellent. Good wine and sake list, and the servers are very helpful in making a selection. Seating is very limited though, so unless you're planning on going before 6:30pm or so, I would advise making a reservation. If you are a sushi lover and you haven't tried this place, you are really denying yourself a great experience. Pros: Best sushi anywhere, excellent service, good value given the quality Cons: Cramped, limited seating, blah location more

Worth every penny 5/28/2008

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. \r \r This place is definitely for sushi purists only. Pros: Can't get any fresher. Authentic Cons: Expensive. Can't linger around. more

Great sushi 2/29/2008

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. :) Pros: freshest and best Cons: Too far from my house! more

Great sushi QPR 10/6/2007

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.\r 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).\r That's the only 2 reasons I didn't give this place 5 stars. Pros: Great fish Cons: Loose rice, more

Hands Down, best creative sushi in the City 8/30/2007

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. Pros: MIndblowing food Cons: Small, quiet ambience, limited menu options more

Wonderful sushi--top-notch, melt-in-your-mouth fish and seafood. 8/16/2007

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. \r \r 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. Pros: Fresh seafood, lots of variety, one-of-a-kind sushi restaurant, expensive but worth it. Cons: So-so ambience, no desert, no clear pricing (no menu) more

go there! 7/22/2007

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... more

MEDIOCRE all the way 7/3/2007

Everyone seems to be calling this an amazing SUSHI joint.. but it was totally MEDIOCRE.\r The temperature of the rice was a little too warm and the nigiri (sushi) wasn't shaped nicely. \r 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.\r \r 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. more

Amazing Sushi at a Great Value 5/14/2007

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.\r \r 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! Pros: Amazing Fish, Friendly Service, Excellent Value Cons: Cramped, Few Seats more
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  • The Scene
    Located on a quiet side street, the New York debut of this immensely popular sushi chain is a surprisingly low-key affair. The restaurant consists of two small rooms and a sushi...

  • 1/2/2007 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon., Sun. CLOSED;Tue. - Sat. 12am - 10pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Upper East Side