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15 East Restaurant
15 East Restaurant

15 East Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.15eastrestaurant.com
  • Email: info@15eastrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 647-0015
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Masato Shimizu
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Our full service catering offers both sushi and custom created dishes for all types of gatherings. Your dinner party can be an intimate gathering or a grand gala. Whether you are planning to entertain just two or one hundred and two guests, we will assist you in designing a menu that best suits any occasion.For all catering inquiries, please contact Jo-Ann Makovitzky at 212-647-1515.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Avenue
  • Public Transit: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to Union Square - 14th Street and F & V trains to 6th Avenue.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a Central Parking Garage located next door in addition to street parking.
A word from 15 East Restaurant
With the successful move of Tocqueville, owners Marco Moreira and Jo-Ann Makovitzky set about re-inventing the restaurant's original space with the help of acclaimed architect Richard Bloch. Reborn as 15 East, the restaurant serves contemporary Japanese cuisine and traditional sushi in an elegant, comfortable setting. Online reservations are for the dining room only. For reservations at the sushi bar please call the restaurant directly.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The restaurant is very very noisy (me and my wife could barely listen to each other) and this made us quite nervous. The quality of food is overall good but the quantity of food is so tiny to be ridiculous compared to the price of each dish."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This place has fantastic Sushi, but with a bit of a twist, e.g. marinated with lemon, smoked etc. Just fantastic. The waitstaff is very attentive and helpful. I also liked the interior of the restaurant."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Had a reservation for Saturday night, and after having recently made the rounds at the top Sushi places in the city, found 15 East to be a very good option, with good fish, average rice, and what was hopefully an off night for service. Omakase was generally excellent, although mackerel and shrimp were very average. The rice here is served quite cold, although we ended the meal with some fresh unit which was fantastic. Finally the service was a bit disappointing as it took awhile to get our orders in and we were left sitting for 15 minutes after the table was cleared before someone stopped by again"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I went here with my boyfriend on our holiday to New York. It is quite pricey but it's a Michelin star restaurant so this was expected. We had sushi to start which was delicious, followed by black cod which was also amazing and tempura prawns which my boyfriend enoyed but I found a little tasteless. The staff were very attentive and one of the waiters was very friendly and chatted to us for a while. My only complaint was that it was cold and raining outside and inside the restaurant was freezing! So wrap up! Overall a lovely place if you are looking for something romantic and with a quiet feel."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I had lunch at 15 East and it was outstanding. The Otoro was as good as any that I've had in Tokyo. The chef is very meticulous and treats his food like an art form. Every bite was so good, I came back for dinner on the same day. Staff was very attentive. This restaurant has got to be in the Top 5 for NYC."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We went there for my birthday and enjoyed the omakase Sashimi very much. The crown was the sea urvhin from California, it's presentation and freshness. Best sea urvhin ever. Soba noodles are freshly made everyday, they were deliscious too. Great tranquil atmosphere. We saw some dishes that were brought to other tables and they looke fabulous."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The tasting menu was nice, but I enjoyed the omakase. Also the dessert was great."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Perfect way to spend a romantic evening! The sushi selection was wonderful for omakase and I will definitely go again."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The portion sizes were so small that we left there starving and considering that the bill was over $300 for 3 people and we didn't even have a drink I find it hard to recommend this place."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Our first visit to 15 East was transcendent. The sushi and sashimi were the most beautifully prepared and freshest we have ever experienced. The service is professional and gracious, and the general ambiance is calm and the space tastefully decorated. No it is not inexpensive, but you get what you pay for, no question. Very highly recommended!"
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Super expensive, incredibly delicious, but even after a $300 lunch I was still hungry - and I had 3 lunch dishes by myself! SMALL portions. Worth every penny - Sushi excellent, fantastic duck. Service very good if a bit overwhelming at times - let me eat and go easy on all the advice."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Ridiculous. Pretentious. Insanely expensive. My local sushi place is better Went home hungry!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I've tried their Omakase sushi and kitchen prepared dishes. Their sushi was fantastic. I can't say the same about their kitchen prepared dishes. The pork belly and black cod were good but not impressive. I thought the cod was a bit fishy. The uni risotto was great except some of the risotto wasn't even cooked enough. Mineoka dessert was good. I didn't care for the brown sugar sauce but my boyfriend loved it."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The lunch was perfect in all aspects...service, food, ambiance."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "One of the best Japanese restaurants in NYC with amazing service."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Everything was outstanding from the food to the ambience. 15East is great for a romantic dinner or a group. Highly recommend, though be prepared as it is pricey."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The food was superb (the hamachi was ungodly good) and the saké selection was extensive but I've had amazing sushi, sashimi, saké, etc. for far less. I will say that the staff were very polite and helpful; made us feel like regulars! If you're in the mood for some great tuna, eel, or yellowtail check out 15 East. But if you're looking to spend less than $150 for two, go elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Truly delicious ....the foie GRAS custard a must ...after that stick with the sashimi - the yellow tail four ways, the tuna tarter three ways and all the a la carte sushi ...just fantastic quality in aesthetically pleasing setting - very attentive staff aiming to please diners' every desire"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "A hidden spot in Union Sq, this is some of the best sushi around NYC. Authentic and elegant, great variety. Known for their tuna but the variety of yellowtail was impressive. Also love the homemade so as that they offer with uni, Cavier or row toppings. Their cooked dishes look amazing but have always veered towards the exceptional sushi. Will have to come back again. Only downside is it's a tad pricey but worth it. Yoko Ono was spotted in the corner at lunch!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "amazing food , we had the tasting menu was incredible, super cool vibe and music , very cool, can't wait for another date!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "15 East was a great experience with the higher level of sushi than I had been eating. Ordering the omakase, every offering from the sushi chef was great. I enjoyed knowing where the fish was from and with my uni, being able to have both California and Japanese to compare. At $60 it was a good value compared to other omakase. The atmosphere was calm though the service from my waiter was a bit disjointed. The sushi chef was excellent."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "the sushi is very good, but service is not that good. Very very expensive. Not good value in any way. Waiter read me text from the menu when I asked for some advice,"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "A friend had described sushi here as amazing... I was mostly nonplussed though. I did not find much here to distinguish this restaurant from other top-tier sushi restaurants in the city. Everything we ate was more than competently prepared. Yet I left feeling like it failed to be memorable for anything other than the large, sterile, dimly lit dinning room that we were seated in. The restaurant lacks the intimacy and personal attention I appreciate at my favorite sushi places in the city. I may have had a different experience at the bar?"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "I really liked my experience here. My favorite part of the night though were the cocktails. They were amazing. Also the oysters were amazing and the sushi was awesome. The salmon Dinner I had was okay. Probably just should've stayed with the sushi for the night. Also tables are super close to one another so that was a little annoying especially when it's crowded."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Excellent, and on par with what I heard about 15 East. Service was attentive without being overly so...no staff ego brow beating...a calm confidence and inviting. Decor is clean and simple, modern Japanese. Food quality is superb, prepared with care, and style. Very nice experience, and highly recommended. Not inexpensive, but worth it. A+"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "Presentation, presentation, presentation. For what is China is valuable when rare - this Japanese gem rediscovers the art of presentation. AT 15 East, value is not derived from rarity but rather from the meticulous aesthetic detail with which flavor can be experienced. From the choice of plate shape to the texture of the ingredients, this New York marvel exemplifies the culinary art of simplicity where flavors don't have to compete for fusion and confuse the palate. Bravo! The Michelin star is well deserved. If you like fusion, or seek a plethora of flavours competing for attention in a single dish, this is not your cup of tea!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "The sushi was equal to the price of our 2 person meal. $400.00. It lived up to it's billing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I have been here many times and love entering the quiet of this place. The sushi is remarkable. I am ruined for all other places! Seating is comfortable and the waitstaff is exemplary. They are super attentive."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "My wife's "main course" of salmon had two tiny slices of salmon amounting to no more than 2 ounces. I had a sashimi appetizer and the Omakase- there where four OUTSTANDING pieces of fish- better than anything I've had- the rest was just good, and need I say very small amounts of fish on the sushi. Sushi Yasuda gives you quality as good or better with a bit more for the money. Omakase at Blue Ribbon is as good sans the few outstanding pieces here but it's a FEAST and you don't feel robbed. Go if you want to but plan on a slice of pizza for desert!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Had the 7 course tasting menu. It was solo good. My favorite was the mushroom custard and obviously the sushi."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "The sushi is fantastic. Everything else was secondary to that for me, and it delivered. Compliments to the chef."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Fourth time at 15 East over the past few months: The first three visits were fantastic: impeccable service, delectable omakase, out-of-this-world uni flight. Maybe my timing, in terms of the freshness of the fish served, was simply off this time (Saturday after Christmas week). Or maybe the restaurant is getting complacent. In any case, there are restaurants in the city offering a more consistent experience at this price point (~$400 for 2, without sake)."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Interesting place, ate three tables from an A-list TV and Hollywood celebrity Saturday night, but could have had just as good service (although the service was fine) and the same sushi (one step above typical) at any of 20 other places in Manhattan for 1/3 the cost. The food just did not warrant the prices. The cooked items had too many cross-currents on a small menu…sea urchin roe in 3 of perhaps 7 cooked dishes. We ate sushi entirely. With no alcohol, a tasty tea only, including the tip, for two people, no desert, nothing special, bye-bye to $280. If it weren't for the huge celeb, it would have been crazy crazy crazy high. Thanks to his presence, I'd say I just got my money's worth."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I had heard that this was amazing sushi, but the food was just ok overall…I guess I was expecting more/higher quality for the price? The fish was fresh, and it smelled it! This did not help out the atmosphere…"
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "The octopus starter is very good but there was a gel on outside that was a little disconcerting. The sushi and sashimi omakase used exceptional quality fish but for $65 each was somewhat standard in terms of fish selection. I would go with the Sashimi omakase next time, since the 10 pieces of excellent quality but small sushi would have made a good appetizer, not main course. The Sashimi omakase had to have at least double the quantity of fish as the Sushi omakase. Finally,I am convinced that some portion of our 500 ml carafe of sake was mistakenly served to another table, and our waiter seemed supremely confident that was not the case."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "This was the freshest sashimi that I have ever tasted. Every dish was beautifully present. The entire dinner was precisely executed. I wasn't so wowed by the deserts (tried 4 )."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "They charge 140$ for a tasting menu. Sushi average price is 7$ piece."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We ordered four dishes: slow-poached octopus, hot soba noodles with mushroom, sushi omakase, and a tempura rice pudding. Nothing was disappointing, but everything paled in comparison to the sushi omakase, which was extraordinary, well worth the whole trip and its $65 price tag. Days later, I can remember the name of each kind of fish, and where it was positioned on the plate. Our favorites were the eel (was it poached? it had a subtle smoky taste), the shrimp, and namero (aji tartar, draped over rice and covered demurely with a shiso leaf). Next time I hope to sit at the counter to see how these sublimely perfect things were prepared."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Forget the overrated sterile sushi spots in midtown. 15 East is a clear cut above them all. Intimate and serene with comfortable banquettes, wonderful service, and outstanding food, this is a place not to be missed. Go for the cooked food (uni and lobster risotto) as well as the omikase."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "What a disappointment. Overpriced and mediocre food at best. Don't bother."
    Dined on 12/13/2013