Andrew Zimmern Hates on a Restaurant That’s Most Likely Sushi Yasuda

Not a happy customer. Photo: David Crotty/Patrick McMullan

Zimmern finds it "douche-y" to whine about bad meals but has written a rant about "one of the best sushi bars in America" in the East 40s that has a no-tip policy. It seems obvious that he's referring to Sushi Yasuda — although Zimmern never calls out the restaurant by name. Upon arriving, the host had no account of Zimmern's reservation, and the staff "couldn't have cared less that a customer was standing in front of them." The group's food came at different times, and 45 minutes after arriving, the server demanded the table's final order ... even though the kitchen wasn't closing and the restaurant was empty. But Zimmern still left a 25 percent tip, explaining, "If management treats its guests the way we were treated, I can't imagine how they treat their staff." He hopes his story teaches restaurants the importance of hospitality, as "treating the guest like a guest is something desperately missing from our dining world these days." [Earlier, MSP Mag]