15 East Restaurant
15 East Restaurant

15 East Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.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
  • 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.
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15 East Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
114 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (76)special occasion (59)romantic (49)neighborhood gem (29)hot spot (24)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (13)late-night find (5)good for groups (5)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Outstanding in every way!
    Foodie199
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible - Best Japanese in NYC
    FatRat250VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great sushi
    JbirdVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
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  • Ridiculous. Pretentious. Insanely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Ridiculous. Pretentious. Insanely expensive. My local sushi place is better Went home hungry!
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  • Great dining experience
    AnthonyVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    The lunch was perfect in all aspects...service, food, ambiance.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Inventive japanese food.
    happyeater
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    One of the best Japanese restaurants in NYC with amazing service.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    PermVIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was superb (the hamachi
    WestSideLuser
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Where sushi is like butter
    WicklowgirlVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superior Sushi
    TokyoLDVIP
    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!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi
    Jerry10000VIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Very very expensive
    marc2harri
    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,
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    romantic, late-night find
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  • foodie hotspot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    amazing food , we had the tasting menu was incredible, super cool vibe and music , very cool, can't wait for another date!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    Mp210
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic quality with a modern twist
    edoergoedo
    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!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Modern Japanese
    MkerryRVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    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+
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The sushi was equal to the
    guij
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    The sushi was equal to the price of our 2 person meal. $400.00. It lived up to it's billing.
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  • Another World
    Bagels
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Insulting.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    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!
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  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Had the 7 course tasting menu. It was solo good. My favorite was the mushroom custard and obviously the sushi.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi
    hAnt
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    The sushi is fantastic. Everything else was secondary to that for me, and it delivered. Compliments to the chef.
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hit or miss
    GreenwichVillagerVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    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).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine but way overpriced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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.
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  • Very good sushi but expensive
    Gigi
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    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 $65 each was somewhat standard in terms of fish selection. I would go with the Sashimi omakase next time, since the 10 pieces of excellent quality but small sushi would have made a good appetizer, not main course. The Sashimi omakase had to have at least double the quantity of fish as the Sushi omakase. Finally,I am convinced that some portion of our 500 ml carafe of sake was mistakenly served to another table, and our waiter seemed supremely confident that was not the case.
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  • Too expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    They charge 140$ for a tasting menu. Sushi average price is 7$ piece.
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  • Delish
    Riskymd
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    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 ).
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent
    Domingo
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Japanese Heaven
    Hungrylawyer
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment. Overpriced
    ARVEE
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    What a disappointment. Overpriced and mediocre food at best. Don't bother.
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  • Excellent Sushi
    Dave
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    Sushi was just perfect. Hard to do it much better. Simply ate ala carte. Did not try any special dishes.
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  • 15 East is an excellent restaurant,
    JohnofOz
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    15 East is an excellent restaurant, and we've dined there several times. On the last occasion it appeared that they had moved the tables, which were now far too close for you to have a convivial dinner. The food remains very good to excellent, and the service was good, but the proximity of other diners was certainly an irritant.
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  • Great Sushi
    OverseasFoodie
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Food and Service was amazing, quite expensive but similar to other high end Sushi Restaurants in the City.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Service not very helpful ..
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    We where visiting NY and this was our second time at 15East. The food was wonderful and we enjoyed our dinner very much. Our daughter (8 ) fell asleep during dinner and we asked if they could call us a taxi, but we where told they don't offer taxi service and that we should walk around the corner and find one ourselves. Not very helpful!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fiance's birthday dinner
    StephC
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Wow! What a great meal. From the moment we walked in, everyone treated us like guests in their home. After reading so many positive reviews about eating at the sushi bar, I reserved us 2 seats for my fiance's birthday. Once we sat, the chef knew it was my fiance's birthday and said happy birthday right away. After our first tasting, he sent over a huge octopus with a candle in it. It was so funny! Everyone at the sushi bar was laughing and that set the tone for the meal. It was so classy and the fish was so amazing but we felt like we were with friends with Chef Masa. We had a wonderful time and will recommend it to anyone who wants great sushi and sustainable produce from the Green Market!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Amazing uni
    Awesome
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Food was great. Don't miss the uni risotto! Hot mushroom soba was also prepared to perfection. The sushi was very fresh.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sushi was fine
    hello1
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    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?
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  • Go for the tofu
    tbone310
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    It would have been 3 stars but the tofu soba were pretty 4-5 star
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  • Great ambiance
    hungrygrlVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    I liked that the music was low enough to allow for conversation, therefore a good place for business lunch or dinner. The food is exquisite and the place very spare and elegant. I would return for both personal and business meals
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • A+++
    moose
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Excellent food and fresh ingredients! Tried a number of items from the menu and was not disappointed! Customer service was outstanding. Will definitely return!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good sushi but expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Good sushi but expensive for what you get. Excellent ambience
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic