According to a couple of message board threads today, Chef Naomichi Yasuda, founder, owner, and sushi chef behind the revered Sushi Yasuda is leaving New York to move back to Japan. A call to the restaurant confirms.
The chef is reportedly leaving to open up an eight seat sushi bar. He'll be around for a few weeks before heading to Japan, and then he'll be back in New York in at the beginning of next year before leaving for good, a restaurant worker says, in either late January or early February.
It's hard to say whether or not the move will drastically affect the quality of Sushi Yasuda, since what they do there is very straightforward with a focus on ingredients. That said, Yasuda is staying on as a partner but won't be involved in the day to day anymore, and oceans away, it's hard to keep an eye on everything. Additionally he is known for obsessing over every piece of fish and studying diners' mouths to determine the right portion size. Regardless of what could change, super fans better get there in the next couple of weeks.
· Chef Yasuda is leaving Sushi Yasuda [CH]