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9

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Neighborhoods:
Midtown Manhattan, Union Square
Categories:
Sushi Bars, Japanese Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Seafood Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Japanese, Asian, Family Style, Sushi, Italian, European, Seafood, Middle Eastern, Pan Asian, Continental, Omelets

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

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KGirl1010

01/20/2011

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Overall
Great by Japanese and American Standards

I came here with my mother and my Japanese friend.
We all loved it. I got avocado rolls and a sea-vegetable dish. The plum wine is delicious, too-- not to be missed.
My friend got some more classic Japanese dishes that she eats at home, and she deemed the restaurant really good.

If you are not an adventurous eater, I'd say stay away from 15 East because the food is definitely more particular, but it is great. The atmosphere is really nice, too.

Robert in the Village

11/20/2010

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Alas Not What it Once Was

Used to be a zen like heavely place, worth the high cost fro sensational foood. But the sushi quality dived and the noise level exploded. Now it is sushi samba at twice the price

wallystump

02/14/2010

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5 Star Deception

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.

jlubert

01/17/2010

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Good sushi, but everything else was poor

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

NYCGlutenFreeGirl

11/13/2009

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Best Sushi!

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!

citymouse

04/12/2009

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Overall
Go to Nobu or Morimoto

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.

cholomolo

10/03/2008

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Overall
World Class Sushi Experience

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.

mabcbravo

09/17/2008

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Overall
Don't go here!

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!

thesushimonster

05/30/2008

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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.

matheson23

02/06/2008

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Overall
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!

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