15 East Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 15 E 15th St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. Union Sq. West

    Map & Directions
  • 212-647-0015

About 15 East Restaurant

Hours
Monday To Saturday From 06:00 PM To 10:30 PM Monday To Friday From 12:00 PM To 02:00 PM

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We visited 15 East for Valentine's Day. Prior to our arrival we received one email and one phone call confirming our reservation. Once at our table, the waiter took our drink order (though he didn't know that the restaurant only offered one kind of hot saki - we had to advise him) and subsequently our sushi order. Five minutes after ordering, the waiter returned to advise that the menu for the evening was prix fixe at $110 per person. We could order the sushi a la cart so long as we ordered the prix fixe. Needless to say we didn't stay. Apparently, this scam didn't work on two other couples as they departed when we did. Was management looking to embarrass the male in the group into paying for the expensive dinner? Perhaps, but it looks like they had a 20% failure rate.

We have eaten in many sushi restaurants around the city. We had heard that the quality at 15 East was great. Perhaps it is. But the business integrity isn't. Take your business where you can enjoy the food and be treated properly.

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★☆☆☆☆

We visited 15 East for Valentine's Day. Prior to our arrival we received one email and one phone call confirming our reservation. Once at our table, the waiter took our drink order (though he didn't know that the restaurant only offered one kind of hot saki - we had to advise him) and subsequently our sushi order. Five minutes after ordering, the waiter returned to advise that the menu for the evening was prix fixe at $110 per person. We could order the sushi a la cart so long as we ordered the prix fixe. Needless to say we didn't stay. Apparently, this scam didn't work on two other couples as they departed when we did. Was management looking to embarrass the male in the group into paying for the expensive dinner? Perhaps, but it looks like they had a 20% failure rate.

We have eaten in many sushi restaurants around the city. We had heard that the quality at 15 East was great. Perhaps it is. But the business integrity isn't. Take your business where you can enjoy the food and be treated properly.

Pros: None

Cons: Looking to empty your wallet, not fill your stomach

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I go tp a lot fo the high-end city sushi restaurants and this place was pretty mediocre. The sushi was good but everything else was mediocre. Me and my wife ordered the chef's sushi and kitchen tasting menu and I would definitely avoid this. The hot meals lacked any creativity. Quite frankly I could have cooked more creative tasty food myself. While the sushi was frech and good, it was nothing sepcial. no creative pieces or sauces. Basically I learned nothing and there was no wow factor. Finally, there were tons of waiters, perhaps two for every patron, but they were unorganized and not working together. As a result, service was very slow and unorganized and it was hard to get anyone's attention. as a result of these factors this place was pretty slow on a Friday night at 9PM. My guess is they won't be in business long. For the price, I would recommend Sushi Seki, Ushi Wakamuru, Yasuda, Gari, Soto, Blue Ribbon, Nobu, Bond Street and Sushi-Ann before wasting your money here

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★☆☆☆☆

I go tp a lot fo the high-end city sushi restaurants and this place was pretty mediocre. The sushi was good but everything else was mediocre. Me and my wife ordered the chef's sushi and kitchen tasting menu and I would definitely avoid this. The hot meals lacked any creativity. Quite frankly I could have cooked more creative tasty food myself. While the sushi was frech and good, it was nothing sepcial. no creative pieces or sauces. Basically I learned nothing and there was no wow factor. Finally, there were tons of waiters, perhaps two for every patron, but they were unorganized and not working together. As a result, service was very slow and unorganized and it was hard to get anyone's attention. as a result of these factors this place was pretty slow on a Friday night at 9PM. My guess is they won't be in business long. For the price, I would recommend Sushi Seki, Ushi Wakamuru, Yasuda, Gari, Soto, Blue Ribbon, Nobu, Bond Street and Sushi-Ann before wasting your money here

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: Poor service, cooked food was mediocre, lack of creativity

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Terrible Experience, Please be patient and read on.
After we were seated, the manager gave warm towels for our hands. After wiping, I noticed that my hands smelled like shit, literally, so I asked the manager over and said "The towel smelled really bad" and waved my pooh hand at him. He said "I'm terribly sorry, I'll bring another towel." I seriously doubt another clean towel would do the job so I said, "it's ok, I'll just go to the restroom and wash." I spent 5 minutes in the restroom trying to wash away that smell, and when I finally came back, I noticed that my hands still smelled like pooh and went right back to the restroom. Needless to say my mood (kimochi) was totally ruined and all I got out of it was a very unremorseful "I'm terribly sorry" from the guy. Really? Did you bother going to the back of the room and check to see how stinky that towel was and how it could have happened so that it may never happen again?

As I was busy wiping my hands with the shitty smelling towels, the guy asked what we'd like to drink. I said water and hot tea. Both came promptly but throughout the hour or so time that we were there, the waiter came by to refill the water constantly but never the tea. My gf and I thought it strange but were like, whatever. At the end, when we got the check, we were surprised at the "Hot Tea $4x2" line on the bill. REALLY? When we went to Morimoto and asked for hot tea in the beginning, the waiter informed that the tea would cost extra and we ordered Sake instead. I don't know, is it too much to ask for a restaurant like 15 East to inform their customers if they're charging for tea?

We ordered two 10 pc $55 Chef Omakase Sushi. I thought, alright, we've had the 10pc combos at Tomoe $36, Sushiden $45 & $50 and they were all pretty alright, so this $55 combo can't be too bad right? When the $55 Omakase came, we were not impressed with the selection of fish. There were medium-fatty tuna (9) and the bright red lean tuna sushi (5) you see in whole foods and korean deli/marts around midtown, Tai (5), scallop (4.5), sea eel anago (5), namero (5), Kohada (4) and Kamasu (5), Hamachi (5), king salmon (5). That's a total of $52.5 on the a la carte menu... I don't know what to say.. I'm at a loss!

What was consistent throughout all the pieces of the sushi was the quality of the rice. BAD, really bad. It didn't taste like the usual sushi rice. Too dry, like the ones you get at those Korean Deli/Supermarts for lunch around midtown. I have not had such bad sushi rice in a sit-down restaurant, ever.

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★☆☆☆☆

Terrible Experience, Please be patient and read on.
After we were seated, the manager gave warm towels for our hands. After wiping, I noticed that my hands smelled like shit, literally, so I asked the manager over and said "The towel smelled really bad" and waved my pooh hand at him. He said "I'm terribly sorry, I'll bring another towel." I seriously doubt another clean towel would do the job so I said, "it's ok, I'll just go to the restroom and wash." I spent 5 minutes in the restroom trying to wash away that smell, and when I finally came back, I noticed that my hands still smelled like pooh and went right back to the restroom. Needless to say my mood (kimochi) was totally ruined and all I got out of it was a very unremorseful "I'm terribly sorry" from the guy. Really? Did you bother going to the back of the room and check to see how stinky that towel was and how it could have happened so that it may never happen again?

As I was busy wiping my hands with the shitty smelling towels, the guy asked what we'd like to drink. I said water and hot tea. Both came promptly but throughout the hour or so time that we were there, the waiter came by to refill the water constantly but never the tea. My gf and I thought it strange but were like, whatever. At the end, when we got the check, we were surprised at the "Hot Tea $4x2" line on the bill. REALLY? When we went to Morimoto and asked for hot tea in the beginning, the waiter informed that the tea would cost extra and we ordered Sake instead. I don't know, is it too much to ask for a restaurant like 15 East to inform their customers if they're charging for tea?

We ordered two 10 pc $55 Chef Omakase Sushi. I thought, alright, we've had the 10pc combos at Tomoe $36, Sushiden $45 & $50 and they were all pretty alright, so this $55 combo can't be too bad right? When the $55 Omakase came, we were not impressed with the selection of fish. There were medium-fatty tuna (9) and the bright red lean tuna sushi (5) you see in whole foods and korean deli/marts around midtown, Tai (5), scallop (4.5), sea eel anago (5), namero (5), Kohada (4) and Kamasu (5), Hamachi (5), king salmon (5). That's a total of $52.5 on the a la carte menu... I don't know what to say.. I'm at a loss!

What was consistent throughout all the pieces of the sushi was the quality of the rice. BAD, really bad. It didn't taste like the usual sushi rice. Too dry, like the ones you get at those Korean Deli/Supermarts for lunch around midtown. I have not had such bad sushi rice in a sit-down restaurant, ever.

Pros: Nice Ladies taking your coats

Cons: Manager attitude, sushi combo

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Chef Masa is fantastic. He always makes it a memorable experience. When you go, you must sit at the sushi bar and order the omakase! There is no other way to do it. Enjoy!

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★★★★★

Chef Masa is fantastic. He always makes it a memorable experience. When you go, you must sit at the sushi bar and order the omakase! There is no other way to do it. Enjoy!

Pros: Excellent Service and delicious fish

Cons: It's not cheap

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I have to agree with the most reviews: Good sushi but dishonest management system will deter return customers. I love their sushi, but I'd never go back to 15East. Go to Nobu or Morimoto for better food, atmosphere and price.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have to agree with the most reviews: Good sushi but dishonest management system will deter return customers. I love their sushi, but I'd never go back to 15East. Go to Nobu or Morimoto for better food, atmosphere and price.

Pros: Good sushi

Cons: Dishonest Business

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I?m new to NY and wanted to try to best sushi it has to offer. Having researched NY sushi joints online, I decided to visit Yasuda or 15 East. As a purist, I considered the former. But, I wanted to support a younger chef, so I opted for the latter. I've had exceptional sushi in Tokyo, LA, Sydney, and Masa and Nobu in NY, so I had high expectations.

My girl and I sat at the bar to get the full culinary experience. We felt as if we had the chef to ourselves. The one odd thing, however, was the music-- a mix of old school pop. I like that music, but it felt out of place.

Chef Shimizu is dedicated, informative, fun, and talented at preparing raw fish. We started with the tai appetizer, which, I must admit, did not meet my expectations. The dipping sauce (ponzu, yuzu, and Japanese spice) was tasty. Perhaps the fish was just sliced too small (in diameter) for my personal taste; and the ice presentation seemed a bit over indulging.

Then came the omakase. All were exceptional, but the highlights were as follows: Golden eye tai: I?d never had this type of snapper; it was fabulous. Mackerel: The chef accepted my challenge of getting me to like mackerel, so he presented a heavily seasoned Aji. Whatever he did to it worked. Salmon: This was a big surprise. This fish has never been my favourite, but this piece was amazing. I don?t know what it was. Sea water eel: I had read that the chef prefers this over Unagi, and I had never tried it. It was definitely unique. otoro: I love the taste of this raw, unseasoned fish. So, you can imagine my surprise when the chef grated salt & pepper on it, searing it with a torch. However, it was great and I will be ordering it again.

The service was is the best I have ever had. I never notice service unless it?s particularly bad, but this was extraordinary. Although I still would love to try Yasuda one day, I am certain that the next time I splurge on dinner, it will be at 15 East.

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★★★★★

I?m new to NY and wanted to try to best sushi it has to offer. Having researched NY sushi joints online, I decided to visit Yasuda or 15 East. As a purist, I considered the former. But, I wanted to support a younger chef, so I opted for the latter. I've had exceptional sushi in Tokyo, LA, Sydney, and Masa and Nobu in NY, so I had high expectations.

My girl and I sat at the bar to get the full culinary experience. We felt as if we had the chef to ourselves. The one odd thing, however, was the music-- a mix of old school pop. I like that music, but it felt out of place.

Chef Shimizu is dedicated, informative, fun, and talented at preparing raw fish. We started with the tai appetizer, which, I must admit, did not meet my expectations. The dipping sauce (ponzu, yuzu, and Japanese spice) was tasty. Perhaps the fish was just sliced too small (in diameter) for my personal taste; and the ice presentation seemed a bit over indulging.

Then came the omakase. All were exceptional, but the highlights were as follows: Golden eye tai: I?d never had this type of snapper; it was fabulous. Mackerel: The chef accepted my challenge of getting me to like mackerel, so he presented a heavily seasoned Aji. Whatever he did to it worked. Salmon: This was a big surprise. This fish has never been my favourite, but this piece was amazing. I don?t know what it was. Sea water eel: I had read that the chef prefers this over Unagi, and I had never tried it. It was definitely unique. otoro: I love the taste of this raw, unseasoned fish. So, you can imagine my surprise when the chef grated salt & pepper on it, searing it with a torch. However, it was great and I will be ordering it again.

The service was is the best I have ever had. I never notice service unless it?s particularly bad, but this was extraordinary. Although I still would love to try Yasuda one day, I am certain that the next time I splurge on dinner, it will be at 15 East.

Pros: Amazing food, best service ever, romantic,

Cons: Expensive

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I had the same exact experience. It was 4 of us and before we even ordered they brought usan appetizer from the Kitchen and then they charged us $15 dollars for something we thought it was on the house, something we didn't even order! They also ration the soy sauce and the wasabi, they pour it onto your plate and then they ask you to give it back! I've never seen this!
Long story short, our bill was $700 for 4 people... This was not worth it! The sushi was ok, but you can go somewhere else and pay half of that for better sushi.
DON'T GO HERE, if you want good quality sushi, go to sushi Yasuda!

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★☆☆☆☆

I had the same exact experience. It was 4 of us and before we even ordered they brought usan appetizer from the Kitchen and then they charged us $15 dollars for something we thought it was on the house, something we didn't even order! They also ration the soy sauce and the wasabi, they pour it onto your plate and then they ask you to give it back! I've never seen this!
Long story short, our bill was $700 for 4 people... This was not worth it! The sushi was ok, but you can go somewhere else and pay half of that for better sushi.
DON'T GO HERE, if you want good quality sushi, go to sushi Yasuda!

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We went to this restaurant and we were so disappointed! The Caucasian male waiter lacked communication skills. When we sat down, he asked "Are you guys thirsty tonight?" At the time, it sounded very odd, ambiguous, and like he was trying to get us to buy expensive drinks. It me us felt not at ease. After we ordered, the waiter failed at his attempted at flattery by trying to utter "It's refreshing?um?that?you guys know what you want."

They first brought out some sugar-cube-sized tomato tofu in 2 small bowls and said "this is a starter from the kitchen." We did not order the tiny tofu and thought it was on the house. When the bill came, we were surprised that they charged us $15 for the tiny tofu that we didn't order. And they didn't list this "kitchen starter" at the top of the bill...they cleverly hid it in the middle of the bill.

The manager that night was spending most of his time & attention on a wealthy family's table. When asked, the waiters had no idea the English or Japanese names of the sushi we ordered...they just brought it and said "enjoy" with a funny look.

I know sushi. This restaurant is definitely overpriced for the food quality and service. And I wouldn't recommend this below-average sushi place, especially because they have deceptive billing. They rather trick you to pay $15 more, than do honest business that would keep the customer coming back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to this restaurant and we were so disappointed! The Caucasian male waiter lacked communication skills. When we sat down, he asked "Are you guys thirsty tonight?" At the time, it sounded very odd, ambiguous, and like he was trying to get us to buy expensive drinks. It me us felt not at ease. After we ordered, the waiter failed at his attempted at flattery by trying to utter "It's refreshing?um?that?you guys know what you want."

They first brought out some sugar-cube-sized tomato tofu in 2 small bowls and said "this is a starter from the kitchen." We did not order the tiny tofu and thought it was on the house. When the bill came, we were surprised that they charged us $15 for the tiny tofu that we didn't order. And they didn't list this "kitchen starter" at the top of the bill...they cleverly hid it in the middle of the bill.

The manager that night was spending most of his time & attention on a wealthy family's table. When asked, the waiters had no idea the English or Japanese names of the sushi we ordered...they just brought it and said "enjoy" with a funny look.

I know sushi. This restaurant is definitely overpriced for the food quality and service. And I wouldn't recommend this below-average sushi place, especially because they have deceptive billing. They rather trick you to pay $15 more, than do honest business that would keep the customer coming back.

Pros: none

Cons: dishonest business

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We went to this restaurant and we were so disappointed! The Caucasian male waiter lacked communication skills. When we sat down, he asked "Are you guys thirsty tonight?" At the time, it sounded very odd, ambiguous, and like he was trying to get us to buy expensive drinks. It me us felt not at ease. After we ordered, the waiter failed at his attempted at flattery by trying to utter "It's refreshing?um?that?you guys know what you want."

They first brought out some sugar-cube-sized tomato tofu in 2 small bowls and said "this is a starter from the kitchen." We did not order the tiny tofu and thought it was on the house. When the bill came, we were surprised that they charged us $15 for the tiny tofu that we didn't order. And they didn't list this "kitchen starter" at the top of the bill...they cleverly hid it in the middle of the bill.

The manager that night was spending most of his time & attention on a wealthy family's table. When asked, the waiters had no idea the English or Japanese names of the sushi we ordered...they just brought it and said "enjoy" with a funny look.

I know sushi. This restaurant is definitely overpriced for the food quality and service. And I wouldn't recommend this below-average sushi place, especially because they have deceptive billing. They rather trick you to pay $15 more, than do honest business that would keep the customer coming back.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to this restaurant and we were so disappointed! The Caucasian male waiter lacked communication skills. When we sat down, he asked "Are you guys thirsty tonight?" At the time, it sounded very odd, ambiguous, and like he was trying to get us to buy expensive drinks. It me us felt not at ease. After we ordered, the waiter failed at his attempted at flattery by trying to utter "It's refreshing?um?that?you guys know what you want."

They first brought out some sugar-cube-sized tomato tofu in 2 small bowls and said "this is a starter from the kitchen." We did not order the tiny tofu and thought it was on the house. When the bill came, we were surprised that they charged us $15 for the tiny tofu that we didn't order. And they didn't list this "kitchen starter" at the top of the bill...they cleverly hid it in the middle of the bill.

The manager that night was spending most of his time & attention on a wealthy family's table. When asked, the waiters had no idea the English or Japanese names of the sushi we ordered...they just brought it and said "enjoy" with a funny look.

I know sushi. This restaurant is definitely overpriced for the food quality and service. And I wouldn't recommend this below-average sushi place, especially because they have deceptive billing. They rather trick you to pay $15 more, than do honest business that would keep the customer coming back.

Pros: absolutely none

Cons: overpriced food, dishonest management

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Fifteen years in food and beverage industry, there simply isn't a lot that impresses me. It's so difficult to find a dedicated staff, coupled with terrific food and a spot-on chef. But 15 East...?

I wept. No one noticed and I composed myself quickly, but I actually wept. I assure you I don't usually get emotional about food! I was simply consumed by the head chef's dedication to his customers (I sat at the sushi bar...you should too). The service was impeccable, but not overtly intrusive. But the food! It pushed me over the edge. The app was a crunchy seaweed and onion tempura with three salts. I tried the salmon five ways...and all five ways were perfect. I also tried some of the high end tuna. It's simply the best sushi I've had, and I've been to Nobu, Megu (full disclosure: I've yet to try Masa).

Saki selection is wonderful. Staff is serious. A truly wonderful experience. I've been back with friends and not been disappointed. Arigato gozaimase!

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★★★★★

Fifteen years in food and beverage industry, there simply isn't a lot that impresses me. It's so difficult to find a dedicated staff, coupled with terrific food and a spot-on chef. But 15 East...?

I wept. No one noticed and I composed myself quickly, but I actually wept. I assure you I don't usually get emotional about food! I was simply consumed by the head chef's dedication to his customers (I sat at the sushi bar...you should too). The service was impeccable, but not overtly intrusive. But the food! It pushed me over the edge. The app was a crunchy seaweed and onion tempura with three salts. I tried the salmon five ways...and all five ways were perfect. I also tried some of the high end tuna. It's simply the best sushi I've had, and I've been to Nobu, Megu (full disclosure: I've yet to try Masa).

Saki selection is wonderful. Staff is serious. A truly wonderful experience. I've been back with friends and not been disappointed. Arigato gozaimase!

Pros: Sushi, Chef, Service, Food, Saki Selection

Cons: None

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I went to this restaurant knowing I was going to spend a lot of money. With that in mind, I was definitely satisfied. The food was incredible, the wine list was extensive, the service was amazing (my date dropped her knife and before we could even bend down to look, a waiter had picked it up and offered us a new one), and the atmosphere and location are great. We made a reservation at 7, walked by at 6:30 and there was not a single person inside which threw us off, but when we returned at 7 it was packed. Being right next to Union Square makes it the perfect restaurant to go to before going out. Keep in mind, the prices are very steep, maybe even a little too steep, but that is not to say the food wasn't up to par. Definitely some of the best sushi I've ever had.

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★★★★★

I went to this restaurant knowing I was going to spend a lot of money. With that in mind, I was definitely satisfied. The food was incredible, the wine list was extensive, the service was amazing (my date dropped her knife and before we could even bend down to look, a waiter had picked it up and offered us a new one), and the atmosphere and location are great. We made a reservation at 7, walked by at 6:30 and there was not a single person inside which threw us off, but when we returned at 7 it was packed. Being right next to Union Square makes it the perfect restaurant to go to before going out. Keep in mind, the prices are very steep, maybe even a little too steep, but that is not to say the food wasn't up to par. Definitely some of the best sushi I've ever had.

Pros: Food, location, atmosphere, service

Cons: Price

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A friend and I had dinner last night at 15 East. I've never posted a review before, but after an experience like last night's, I can't help but feel compelled to warn others. I will get to the bottom line... if you love sushi, know good quality sushi and enjoy excellent food and service, this is not the place to dine. The sushi was absolutely awful. Not only is their menu beyond limited and inflexible, but the sushi was so fishy! We had ordered simple tuna and salmon, so nothing out of the ordinary. We had tried their special seawood salad, after being told by our waitress that it was "delectable." Now we both love seaweed salads, but this dish left us gagging. Our main entrees - wild salmon 5 ways - was also rather disgusting. Each sushi roll we ordered was extremely FISHY. The place was extremely pretentious- and I am far from the type of person to ever call a restaurant pretentious- but it was more pretentious than a place that actually deserves to be pretentious. Our waitress was harrassing us to place our order, forgot one of our rolls, and then charged us for it anyway even after we brought it to her attention. At $50 per person for terrible and minimal amounts of food, lousy and obnoxious service, its not worth the bother! We were so disappointed with our dining experience. Don't waste your time.

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★☆☆☆☆

A friend and I had dinner last night at 15 East. I've never posted a review before, but after an experience like last night's, I can't help but feel compelled to warn others. I will get to the bottom line... if you love sushi, know good quality sushi and enjoy excellent food and service, this is not the place to dine. The sushi was absolutely awful. Not only is their menu beyond limited and inflexible, but the sushi was so fishy! We had ordered simple tuna and salmon, so nothing out of the ordinary. We had tried their special seawood salad, after being told by our waitress that it was "delectable." Now we both love seaweed salads, but this dish left us gagging. Our main entrees - wild salmon 5 ways - was also rather disgusting. Each sushi roll we ordered was extremely FISHY. The place was extremely pretentious- and I am far from the type of person to ever call a restaurant pretentious- but it was more pretentious than a place that actually deserves to be pretentious. Our waitress was harrassing us to place our order, forgot one of our rolls, and then charged us for it anyway even after we brought it to her attention. At $50 per person for terrible and minimal amounts of food, lousy and obnoxious service, its not worth the bother! We were so disappointed with our dining experience. Don't waste your time.

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Being Japanese, I'm always curious to new Japanese food. (La maison Japonais, Asia de Cuba, Basta Pasta, Sushi Samba) After passing by I decided to take a friend & try it out. Upon entering, there is a bad sign as I only saw young sushi chefs. It takes years to master knifework on fish, & that worried me. (Orientals can look young, but these were just young)

Decor is modern, different. It could be more cohesive (I work at the D&D and a buyer in the interiors trade). The repeating sumou wrestlers list is overused and tacky. The angled room layout is nice.

Drink menu is decent, though as mentioned, the prices are quadrupled of the same alcohol you can buy at Astor Wines or the real Japanese joints in midtown or east village. But then again the target audiece for this restaurant isn't Japanese, and I'll leave it at that.(hint)

The food. To see the knifework I ordered the $55 Sashimi Omakase (omakase means to 'leaving it up to you', the chef ). Also we got cooked Tuna (good) & a soft shell appt (blah). But the sashimi was poorly cut (white fish not thin enough & toro no diagonal marks). I've worked in a real Japanese restaurant in college & my parent afforded me to eat well growing up, so to be brutally honest, the chefs here are just plain bad, regarless of price. The fish itself is good, but you can get the same fish at a market. You are supposedly paying for knifework, and there's not much of it here. You are paying their rent & decor.

Now all of that wouldn't have compelled me to sign up here & write this if it weren't for the service. Even though they were friendly, they couldn't stop themselves from rushing us out of the restaurant from the appetizer stage. Even though there were still food on the sparse servings, the waitress kept on coming by & asking if we were done. For both of the main dish it was the same story. At the end, they even slapped the check on the table even though we didn't ask for it yet. We paid up $200 & swore never to go again

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★☆☆☆☆

Being Japanese, I'm always curious to new Japanese food. (La maison Japonais, Asia de Cuba, Basta Pasta, Sushi Samba) After passing by I decided to take a friend & try it out. Upon entering, there is a bad sign as I only saw young sushi chefs. It takes years to master knifework on fish, & that worried me. (Orientals can look young, but these were just young)

Decor is modern, different. It could be more cohesive (I work at the D&D and a buyer in the interiors trade). The repeating sumou wrestlers list is overused and tacky. The angled room layout is nice.

Drink menu is decent, though as mentioned, the prices are quadrupled of the same alcohol you can buy at Astor Wines or the real Japanese joints in midtown or east village. But then again the target audiece for this restaurant isn't Japanese, and I'll leave it at that.(hint)

The food. To see the knifework I ordered the $55 Sashimi Omakase (omakase means to 'leaving it up to you', the chef ). Also we got cooked Tuna (good) & a soft shell appt (blah). But the sashimi was poorly cut (white fish not thin enough & toro no diagonal marks). I've worked in a real Japanese restaurant in college & my parent afforded me to eat well growing up, so to be brutally honest, the chefs here are just plain bad, regarless of price. The fish itself is good, but you can get the same fish at a market. You are supposedly paying for knifework, and there's not much of it here. You are paying their rent & decor.

Now all of that wouldn't have compelled me to sign up here & write this if it weren't for the service. Even though they were friendly, they couldn't stop themselves from rushing us out of the restaurant from the appetizer stage. Even though there were still food on the sparse servings, the waitress kept on coming by & asking if we were done. For both of the main dish it was the same story. At the end, they even slapped the check on the table even though we didn't ask for it yet. We paid up $200 & swore never to go again

Pros: Different, Moneybag Crowd, Location

Cons: Price, Food, Service, No Original Dishes

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Probably the best sushi I've had in NYC. Borders on hardcore but worth venturing into unknown territory. I sat at the sushi bar and thoroughly enjoyed the experience in the hands of extremely helpful servers and chef Masato Shimizu who was very interactive/charming. Its expensive but worth it. Sitting in the main room I would imagine is less interesting. I will be back and will sit at the sushi bar. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

Probably the best sushi I've had in NYC. Borders on hardcore but worth venturing into unknown territory. I sat at the sushi bar and thoroughly enjoyed the experience in the hands of extremely helpful servers and chef Masato Shimizu who was very interactive/charming. Its expensive but worth it. Sitting in the main room I would imagine is less interesting. I will be back and will sit at the sushi bar. Highly recommended.

Pros: Excellent food and very enjoyable experience

Cons: Expensive

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The quality of fish is on par with some of the best in the city. The service however is lacking - pushy and more specifically, while attention is nice, it is to the point that it is uncomfortable. The space itself is intimate and minimalist. Omakase and hand made soba noodles are definitely worth a try.

2
★★★★☆

The quality of fish is on par with some of the best in the city. The service however is lacking - pushy and more specifically, while attention is nice, it is to the point that it is uncomfortable. The space itself is intimate and minimalist. Omakase and hand made soba noodles are definitely worth a try.

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Well, not really, but if you're looking for the freshest and most delicious sushi in Manhattan, look no further. Came here for the Omakese menu and it was fantstic. Each piece was delicious and the service was extremely attentive. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

Well, not really, but if you're looking for the freshest and most delicious sushi in Manhattan, look no further. Came here for the Omakese menu and it was fantstic. Each piece was delicious and the service was extremely attentive. Highly recommended.

Pros: fresh, quality, service, friendly executive chef

Cons: price

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The staff was friendly and courteous. The servers had accents and spoke very fast so it was difficult to comprehend. The decor is minimalistic but very nice. The sushi/sashimi was very fresh and tasty. We had the oysters as a starter, delicious! We had the sushi omakase and the sashimi omakase. Elegantly presented, servers identified the contents. Soooo good. They also had a nice variety of Sakes. Contrary o other reviews, we found they had Kitchen items, but we didn't have anything from the kitchen other than soup.
Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

The staff was friendly and courteous. The servers had accents and spoke very fast so it was difficult to comprehend. The decor is minimalistic but very nice. The sushi/sashimi was very fresh and tasty. We had the oysters as a starter, delicious! We had the sushi omakase and the sashimi omakase. Elegantly presented, servers identified the contents. Soooo good. They also had a nice variety of Sakes. Contrary o other reviews, we found they had Kitchen items, but we didn't have anything from the kitchen other than soup.
Highly recommended.

Pros: Fresh, and delicious

Cons: Servers speak too fast.

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Chef Masa is the Fish king, the fish doctor, the fish god. He makes every single piece of sushi/sashimi feel as if a gift to you. It is really that good. We have tried every top restaurant, including all of the high end sushi restaurants, and anytime we go out we want to eat here. If you sit at the sushi bar, you hear audible oohs and ahhs - it's actually funny.
The kitchen puts out delicious food as well, it's just hard to manage to fit it in amid the delectable sushi, but one should at least on occasion. Nobu, Yasuda, Masa at time warner, kuruma zushi, tried them all -
will eat at 15 east until they run out of fish - perish the thought. The best!

2
★★★★★

Chef Masa is the Fish king, the fish doctor, the fish god. He makes every single piece of sushi/sashimi feel as if a gift to you. It is really that good. We have tried every top restaurant, including all of the high end sushi restaurants, and anytime we go out we want to eat here. If you sit at the sushi bar, you hear audible oohs and ahhs - it's actually funny.
The kitchen puts out delicious food as well, it's just hard to manage to fit it in amid the delectable sushi, but one should at least on occasion. Nobu, Yasuda, Masa at time warner, kuruma zushi, tried them all -
will eat at 15 east until they run out of fish - perish the thought. The best!

Pros: the chef, the fish, the experience

Cons: none

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Coming from Japan and constantly searching for sushi to compare with Tokyo I truly appreciate finding a place that maintains the true sushi traditions of excellence. The sushi at 15 E is comparable only to sushi Yasuda and chef Masato knocks hard on Yasuda's door. All of the pieces were excellent, prepared in an innovative style and served the only way sushi should ever be - seasoned by the chef, no soy needed, pop it in your mouth with your hand and experience the amazing tastes and textures!

Without a doubt some of the best sushi I have had in the city. Cant comment on the rest of the menu as I cannot imagine coming to 15 E and not eating sushi :-)

2
★★★★★

Coming from Japan and constantly searching for sushi to compare with Tokyo I truly appreciate finding a place that maintains the true sushi traditions of excellence. The sushi at 15 E is comparable only to sushi Yasuda and chef Masato knocks hard on Yasuda's door. All of the pieces were excellent, prepared in an innovative style and served the only way sushi should ever be - seasoned by the chef, no soy needed, pop it in your mouth with your hand and experience the amazing tastes and textures!

Without a doubt some of the best sushi I have had in the city. Cant comment on the rest of the menu as I cannot imagine coming to 15 E and not eating sushi :-)

Pros: Amazing sushi, freshest possible fish, Masato educates you whilst feeding you.

Cons: Space is limited?

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Shimizu-san is one of the most pleasant, friendly, and enthusiastic chefs in the business of displaying & showcasing his talent & selection of fish. Needlefish was awesome, and, yes, he will probably show you o-toro, chu-toro, and a lesser marbled tuna, which left me a bit disappointed. But his omakase was great because he was never suprised at how big our appetites were, and kept going with the sushi without complaint or rushing us out (like at Yasuda, where you have 90 minutes & that's it, even if you still want more). We left at 2am and he didn't feel a touch strange about it.
Talkative, speaking nearly fluent English, he was forthcoming about everything we asked him. And the wine list is decent--also rare for a sushi joint (although Megu's is very good).

2
★★★★☆

Shimizu-san is one of the most pleasant, friendly, and enthusiastic chefs in the business of displaying & showcasing his talent & selection of fish. Needlefish was awesome, and, yes, he will probably show you o-toro, chu-toro, and a lesser marbled tuna, which left me a bit disappointed. But his omakase was great because he was never suprised at how big our appetites were, and kept going with the sushi without complaint or rushing us out (like at Yasuda, where you have 90 minutes & that's it, even if you still want more). We left at 2am and he didn't feel a touch strange about it.
Talkative, speaking nearly fluent English, he was forthcoming about everything we asked him. And the wine list is decent--also rare for a sushi joint (although Megu's is very good).

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Good sushi - not the best in the city but the quality was good enough considering the immediate seating. The entire staff was very friendly and the sushi was fresh. This is a good place to go when you don't have time to wait.

2
★★★★☆

Good sushi - not the best in the city but the quality was good enough considering the immediate seating. The entire staff was very friendly and the sushi was fresh. This is a good place to go when you don't have time to wait.

Pros: Friendly staff

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I'm really torn. For days I've been trying to put my finger on what it was about this meal that left me feeling less thrilled about it than I should be: Thing is, our omakase was brilliant, transcendant. As good as the early days of Jewel Bako and probably some of the best fish we've ever eaten--and an entertainingly atypical selection too (at least 3 pieces I'd never had before). But I think it was a series of little things that dampened it. For a start, the space sort of lacks warmth. Also, the staff tended to hover, which was uncomfortable (even more odd, they kept our beers and sake off to the side on a seperate counter, so you had to alert them every time you wanted a refill--we'd have drunk a lot more if we weren't captive to their dispension). We also felt slightly neglected on the night we went, as Chef Masato appeared to have a couple of friends from Japan at the bar who got the bulk of his attention (he would pause from preparing elaborate items for them to place our next piece down with a quick, perfunctory explanation). After we ordered, he made a point of showing us that day's 4 beautiful (different) cuts of toro (in their special wooden box), but then only served us ONE of the pieces--a standard cyu toro, no less--during our tasting!! Odd (and disappointing; we actually ended up ordering more toro separately). So, a few hundred dollars and not 60 minutes later, it was over. Totaly sublime fish, impeccable, but just not quite the overall "experience" you want, especially when you're spending that much. One tip: there are only about 9 seats at the sushi bar, and if you want to be in front of Masato, he stands on the right-hand side (his left) of the bar.

2
★★★★☆

I'm really torn. For days I've been trying to put my finger on what it was about this meal that left me feeling less thrilled about it than I should be: Thing is, our omakase was brilliant, transcendant. As good as the early days of Jewel Bako and probably some of the best fish we've ever eaten--and an entertainingly atypical selection too (at least 3 pieces I'd never had before). But I think it was a series of little things that dampened it. For a start, the space sort of lacks warmth. Also, the staff tended to hover, which was uncomfortable (even more odd, they kept our beers and sake off to the side on a seperate counter, so you had to alert them every time you wanted a refill--we'd have drunk a lot more if we weren't captive to their dispension). We also felt slightly neglected on the night we went, as Chef Masato appeared to have a couple of friends from Japan at the bar who got the bulk of his attention (he would pause from preparing elaborate items for them to place our next piece down with a quick, perfunctory explanation). After we ordered, he made a point of showing us that day's 4 beautiful (different) cuts of toro (in their special wooden box), but then only served us ONE of the pieces--a standard cyu toro, no less--during our tasting!! Odd (and disappointing; we actually ended up ordering more toro separately). So, a few hundred dollars and not 60 minutes later, it was over. Totaly sublime fish, impeccable, but just not quite the overall "experience" you want, especially when you're spending that much. One tip: there are only about 9 seats at the sushi bar, and if you want to be in front of Masato, he stands on the right-hand side (his left) of the bar.

Pros: Some of the best sushi in the city.

Cons: Expensive; weird atmosphere.

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Some of the BEST sushi I have ever tasted. Think simple, pure; and zero foofy sauces splashed around masking the elegant flavors of this fish. The Chef Shimizu (hails from Jewel Bako) is very interactive and visible. He was such a pleasure to watch that we sent him a glass of OUTSTANDING saki (one of three bottles that we polished off). The restaurant, being ten days young, still has its kinks to be worked out. For example, we waited about ten minutes for our wine to be served. Hello: there are only about 8 tables in the place. Also, there are no "hot" items on the menu. If you want anything other than sushi, you are out of luck.

2
★★★★☆

Some of the BEST sushi I have ever tasted. Think simple, pure; and zero foofy sauces splashed around masking the elegant flavors of this fish. The Chef Shimizu (hails from Jewel Bako) is very interactive and visible. He was such a pleasure to watch that we sent him a glass of OUTSTANDING saki (one of three bottles that we polished off). The restaurant, being ten days young, still has its kinks to be worked out. For example, we waited about ten minutes for our wine to be served. Hello: there are only about 8 tables in the place. Also, there are no "hot" items on the menu. If you want anything other than sushi, you are out of luck.

Pros: Best Sushi in NYC

Cons: No hot dishes

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This Union Square sushi joint dishes out elegant plates of the freshest fish in a lovely, understated space. Sushi chef Masato Shimizu, late of Jewel Bako and Tokyo's renowned Sukeroku, doesn't disappoint. The menu boasts creative cooked…

 

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