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“My favorite place for Sushi in Manhattan”
Review of 15 East Restaurant

15 East Restaurant
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Ranked #2,467 of 14,199 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$50
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Flatiron District
Cross street: 5th Avenue
Transit: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to Union Square - 14th Street and F & V trains to 6th Avenue.
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Just off Union Square on a quiet street and no sign you will find an excellent and elegant sushi oasis called 15 East. I have been going here for years and taking the uninitiated. Everyone leaves happy. the signature items for me are the sea lettuce tasting sampler, the sashimi omakase and the desserts. I always try a new Japanese dessert ---- they are interesting because they aren't too sweet. Service is excellent. The decor and atmosphere are excellent but the fine sushi is why you are there. Excellent.

Thank George Y
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Sushi and sashimi were delightful. Delicicous fresh wasabi, I'm never going to eat Store bought wasabi again. Each piece os sushi was divine. Home made Soba noodles. The service was excellent, although the tables are a bit close together. I love this place.

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Thank ViaVolta
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

This is the first of the 11 restaurants to be reviewed in my NYC tour. I did not take notes during the meals but the memories are still very fresh.

However, I made extensive research in advance before embarking into this culinary journey to NYC as I knew that it would be difficult to get reservations in some of the more popular spots. I also tried to vary the type of cuisines sampled but ended up visiting more "asian" themed kitchens than initially planned.
In the end of this first review there is also the full list of the restaurants visited and reviewed in NYC.

15 East
15E 15th Street (near Union Square)

Chef: Masato Chimitzu
Cuisine: Sushi/Contemporary Japanese
1 Michelin Stars

After an initial 3 hours flight + 2 hours airport transit + 7 hours transatlantic flight + 2 hours filing complaints for lost luggage, we ended up in NYC at around 5pm, poorly dressed for the cool weather, hungry and looking forward to attend the planned omakase dinner in 15 East @9pm.
The restaurant was full, but seating at the sushi counter (as requested) was instant and the chef acknowledged our option for the full omakase menu.
It was comprised of a very fresh octopuss dish, mackerel, and lots of nigiri and sashimi among which good quality chutoro, otoro and uni (sea urchin). I don't remember tasting better uni outside of Japan.
An extensive sake selection was also available with good advice from the sommelier. The quality of the seafood was very good. I would have preffered more explanations from the master chef but given the circumstances (was full, it's in Manhattan and not somewhere in Japan, etc) it didn't bother me too much.
A small negative comment upon the sushi counter area which needs a bit of updating in terms of decoration, although the main dining room looked much better.
Service was very attentive and the general attitude of the staff positive and helpful.

My ratings:
Food: 8 out of 10
Service: 8 out of 10
Decoration/Atmosphere: 5 out of 10
Price: over 400$ for 2px. (including drinks and gratuity)
In my alltime favourite top 10 for sushi
Final comment: I would most likely return to 15 East for the sushi.

Full list of the upcoming reviews:

Chef George Mendez
Cuisine: Creative Mediterranean
1 Michelin Stars

Chef David Bouley and Chef Yamada
Cuisine: Modern Japanese Kaiseki
1 Michelin Stars

Momofuku Ko
Chefs: David Chang / Sean Grey
Cuisine: Fusion
2 Michelin Stars

Brasserie Les Halles Downtown
ex-homebase of Anthony Bourdain
Cuisine: French Brasserie

Chef Erik Ramirez
Cuisine: Peruvian Kitchen and Pisco Bar

The NoMad
Chef Daniel Humm
Cuisine: Contemporary American
1 Michelin Stars

Le Bernardin
Chef Eric Ripert
Cuisine: French Haute Cuisine (seafood oriented)
3 Michelin Stars

Hakkasan NY
Cuisine: Modern Cantonese
1 Michelin Stars

Tao Downtown
Cuisine: Pan-Asian

Cuisine: Japanese

Next up in the tour: Aldea

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1  Thank volrath
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

Small dishes for the Lunch Menu, good Sushi but only average choice, excellent Soba - the noodles - but poor accompaniment, even out of the Lunch Menu. Good quality, prices ok, but discussible value. Good service. Maybe we should go to Dinner - I can't explain the Michelin Star otherwise.

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Thank FLuisi
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

15 East is fine, but stiff and rigidly formal.

Comfortable and cold at the same time, and extremely expensive. 540 dollars for two, including a 140 pinot noir.

Our friends talked about this place, it is more a resume restaurant, you dine in 15 East to tell that you've been there. It is more the glamour, but the vibe wash't that cool. The wine was incredible. 4.9 rating in vivino "Domain Serene".
If you want to try japanese you can find better sushi There was one piece of the omakase that didn't taste fresh. The mishima steak tartare was ok.Three varieties of Japanese oysters, the taste was good but the consistency was hard, i prefer the aguagrill style. They serve you so fast that they want you to leave the table for the next costumer and keep making lots of money.
The worst of all is the expensiveness of the place. it is for once in a lifetime. And if you miss it nothing will happen. I don't think we'll return. Pricey and costly.

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1  Thank SamuelMustri
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