Yuzu Sushi & Robata Grill | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Japanese, Asian | Restaurant
BYO spot for sushi and grilled skewers, plus noodles and cooked entrees.

Our Review

Almost hidden on a weathered block of Chicago Avenue in East Village, Yuzu is a small, humble spot that unfortunately doesn't treat fish very seriously. A full half dozen of its specialty makimono are rolled with the dreaded cream cheese, and as a rule they're not assembled with much dexterity. Spurted with gouts of spicy mayos, sweet soy, or peppered vinegar and loaded with tempura's textural crutch, these maki are packed with several species at a time and harmonize about as well as a chorus of sharks and porpoises. There's even a riceless roll, this one wrapped in shaved cucumber and dusted with roasted coconut flakes like a crab-flavored Zagnut bar. Please, chefs everywhere, stop with the carb-free maki. Or at least stop calling them sushi. The skewers—among them, kalbi-style beef short rib, chicken wings smothered in curry, soy butter-brushed asparagus, and fish-tofu hot dogs—are mostly fine, if as workmanlike as appetizers like deep-fried planks of tempura sweet potato, samosa-like chicken curry puffs, and a small but handsome deep-fried soft-shell crab. But Yuzu has a few things going for it. It also offers Thai-style noodle bowls and teriyaki. It's moderately priced and BYO. And the gloomy, gray space is brightened by the young, hyperkinetic, and likable staff, which will surely make enough friends of the neighbors to keep them returning for quick, cheap meat-stick fixes. Read the full review >>

Mike Sula

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