15 E 15th St, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.736669 -73.992639
Monday To Saturday From 06:00 PM To 10:30 PM Monday To Friday From 12:00 PM To 02:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Union Square, Midtown, Flatiron District
Stark, sparse, austere, monastic: those are the kind of terms you generally see 15 East described with -- so pared down is this no-frill sushi temple that it doesn't even have a name! There is literally nothing here to distract you from the business of eating very, very, very good sushi, that costs much, much, much money. It's really not for dabblers and dilettants. This room is for people who care about sushi to the exclusion of everthing else -- whether they own restaurants or eat in them.
STAY AWAY! DISHONEST BUSINESS – 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.
Sublime – 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!
Amazing food for a price – 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.
UNBELIEVABLY AWFUL!!!! – 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.
Slightly above average food and decor destroyed by ridiculous prices & service – 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
Excellent – 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.
Excellent quality, overattentive staff – 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.
sushi swims up to the plate – 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.
Exquisite – 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.
Hands down Best Sushi in all of nyc, if not the planet. High end, sublime, perfection, not to be missed. – 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!
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