15 East Restaurant
15 East Restaurant

15 East Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.15eastrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2126470015
  • 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.
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15 East Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
115 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (77)special occasion (62)romantic (50)neighborhood gem (35)hot spot (21)notable wine list (18)great for lunch (11)good for groups (7)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Amongst the very best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The experience at 15 East rivals any and all Japanese restaurants in NYC. Chef Masato is a genius. Not to be missed.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb!
    487T
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We are very lucky to have 15 East just around the corner from the apartment. This is a fantastic Japanese restaurant, we have being there many times and it is always GREAT!!! every table is a good table, the service is impecable and most of all the food is SUPERB! the sushi/sashimi Omakase is a lot but at the same time not, the Uni trio was delicious and they served different ways we had it with spoons Fantastic selection of Sakes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    Antoniamurphynz
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The best Japanese food of my life, with impeccable service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top notch
    LewisVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    One of the best places in NYC for high quality Japanese food.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive Meal!
    1hungrywolfVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Very expensive but definitely worthwhile. Delicious fresh sushi and unusual combinations for the U.S.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overprice
    FoodloverVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The food is good, but it's not that good for the price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Sushi
    DC001
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The sushi was pretty good; it was fresh, which is what you'd expect from a high end sushi restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Because I Love Sushi
    SushiSteak
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was my second trip to 15 East. I brought my parents here, so my Dad a Marine Corps vet who spent time in Japan, could have Omakase. And it was a good choice. It was quiet enough for us to enjoy a conversation, but they didn't mind the cameras snapping photos of every course. The staff was phenomenal and explained all the food and sake to us very well and were very knowledgeable. Of course the food was delicious. And because it was also my Mom's birthday, they brought her a special candle lit birthday dessert. Sake is all imported from Japan and the Sommelier is amazing. If you like tuna, the tuna flight is to die for. And the Mineoka (dessert) is something you have to try, since you can only get it at 15 East.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, poor ambience
    Vive369121518
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The kind of refined and elegantly presented cuisine was discordant with the ambience. Terribly noisy. Tables spaced too close together. Maybe the bar was a better spot.
    • Food
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  • Have a celebration? This is it!
    Sashimilover
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great textures, amazing fish, great service. We went here for our 20th year anniversary and it was a great experience. Sit and order sushi sashimi omakase at the bar and enjoy the service! We were made to feel very special with a surprise dessert and champagne at the end of the night to celebrate our special occasion. It was truly special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    great energy great food and service its outstanding highly recommended!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The sushi/sashimi were delicious. The yellowtail sampler and uni sampler were impressive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inago go go
    orlando
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very very expensive but worth it for the quality. No extra charge for having Yoko Ono sit next to me for lunch :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not worth of money
    trinity76
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    For Michelin star awarded restaurant it was very disappointed for food especially sushi and sahimi. Portion was ridiculously small and toro peice thay came out with one of the most expensive menus was size was about the same size as my thumb nail. Freshness of fish was good but for that price there was nothing extra ordinary and not worth of money to visit. Maybe food was more cater to Western taste but definitely it was not original Japanese shushi taste. Very very disappointed.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place near union square
    Glory
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is a great place in the Union Square area. Excellent food, service and attention to detail. Its not as flashy as some foodie places but - its great for this location in the city
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Over priced.
    Regoboy
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Too much hype. Good sushi. But not worth the price.
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  • Not a regular, not any more
    fascinatedVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This used to be my go to place. Two reasons I've stopped: 1. The parade of waiters that don't speak much English (or Japanese) and don't really work particularly hard to explain much or make you feel welcome. And 2. They removed the Sushi/Sashimi menu at lunch. This means that you can't order a few pieces to go with your meal, or even build a lunch of your choice. Sorry, but for someone who won't eat endangered Tuna, omakase makes no sense. It's a shame.
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  • Stuning with minor flaws
    Italian4lifeVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our party got the omakase for sushi with extra ohtoro, uni and a bowl of red miso soup. While miso soup was not what I expected, sushi was amazing. Uni from hokaido Japan was at its max. Very romantic and good for highend sushi challengers.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food4thought
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food&service was outstanding! Great overall experience!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Novel
    MontyB
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    One of the broadest sushi menus in NY, some of the fish is merely good, but some is spectacular.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food with great service
    Acd271
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our server Charles was very helpful and knowledgable. He made some great recommends that we would have missed The king salmon roll is a must have
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Michelin Star?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Restaurant came highly recommended via a Japanese friend of a foodie friend...was highly anticipating this meal. Unfortunately, I can't quite understand how this restaurant got its Michelin Star. We got the tasting menu and it started out strong. The first 2 courses were exquisite in taste, presentation. I was looking forward to the rest of the meal. Unfortunately, the remaining courses missed the mark a little. The sea bass was just salty, not much in the way of other flavors. While the Sushi was fresh, the presentation and combinations were not that inventive. Hand cut soba was wonderful and perhaps in the future I might just get the soba and plates off of the menu and forgo the tasting menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sushi Must
    ThePhoenix
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best sushi restaurant in the New York City! The sushi gourmet it is a must!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sort of fancy, quiet, romantic
    Kingchar1es
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's a little pricey, but it's one of those cool manhattan places that you would never know was there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Experience
    meabers
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The staff could not have been more wonderful. The sushi was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • go for the "sushi bar"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The sushi/sashimi here is top class. A particular favourite is the live shrimp. Once you have eaten the body and sucked out the head they bring the head back to you deep fried. 3 deliciously different ways to eat the shrimp.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highest End Sushi
    luvedIt
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    The sushi was extremely delicious. Everything we ate was top notch. It was also the most expensive sushi I've ever eaten. So, keep that in mind.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Elegant Tasty Cuisine!
    Michele
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience here! The food was fantastic, and although expensive, it was not unreasonable, there are definitely other 1 star Michelin restaurants that charge much more. Very small cozy restaurant, with romantic dim lighting, but bright enough to see and appreciate the food you're being served. The steak tartar and sushi were outstanding! I wish I would have gotten more sushi, however, the duck that I ordered was also outstanding. The servers were very attentive and friendly. I loved that some guests were dressed to the nines, and some were dressed as casual as it gets, and yet, every table got equally good service. We even got an extra free dessert for our friend's birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sashimi to die for
    RobLeifEriksson
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The most excellent starters were followed by sashimi to die for. Stunning.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Ieatfoodatplaces
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I had the dinner omakase and a few extras. Service was good but not great. Food was excellent. Enjoyable experience and would like to sit at the sushi bar next time.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive and nothing special
    Moises
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The place is nice, the service extremely slow with arrogant waiters that outlined twice very clearly that the service is not included and that they sugest 23%. The food is good but nothing to write home about. Much too expensive for something that average.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as it used to be
    lenaVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Third time we have been there and not loving this place. We were definitely rushed for lunch which spoiled our experience.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Best Sushi
    luvyummyfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I had the tuna flight entree which was incredible. My husband had the sushi and sashimi omikase and it was delicious. Our waiter, Charles Brown, was super informative and attentive and the somallier was very helpful. The green tea creme brulee is so yummy! Yes, it's expensive, but worth every penny.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUPERB......BUT
    jackson1503
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    From outside never know this is a Japanese restaurant, Continental chic. Inside, Foodies at Sushi Bar. Warm browns. Nice dining room. Maybe twenty tables, spaced apart. Asian staff is top-notch. Occidental staff condescending. Complicated menu. Waiter intent on guiding us to expensive chef's tasting menu than answering questions. Wine list--primarily sakes and Japanese Scotches-- hard to decipher. Simplest solution:sushi and rolls by piece.Saved a fortune.With cocktails the bill was just New York expensive. What we ordered was superb. Among the best sushi/sashimi. Served visually appetizing. Would I go back? Yes, absolutely.Would love waiter be more helpful in assisting so I can explore obviously brilliant chefs.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Low key, outstanding experience
    xtc283
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    15 East is one of our favorite restaurants in the City. In large part that's due to the staff who are friendly and, amazingly, come from other, fave restaurants. One of the hostesses we recognized as having been at Omen, on Thompson St, for years. A waiter was someone we knew from Masa. And then there's Roger, the sommelier, who worked with the Waltuck's at Chantarelle for years. Roger has been a "Best" sommelier of the year more than once with mags like Wine Spectator, etc. All in all, eating there has been a bit like a reunion. Then there's the food. The sashimi are delicate delicacies...absolutely among the best in Manhattan and among the best anywhere. The sake list is superb. The ambience is typical two or three star...
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have been here before and loved it. But when I brought my friend back, 15 East didn't have the live Uni and they took the abalone and uni risotto off the menu. When I asked the waiter, he wasn't particularly nice about it either. This place is only worth going to because of the live Uni and the abalone and uni risotto. I tried different things but they failed to impress.
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  • Great Sushi...
    Viebong85
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Im currently pregnant (5months) so i didn't get to try much variety of sushi when i was dining at 15east... My main meal was the Smoked Cherry wood duck & i also had 2 of their Cooked Sushi Nidako (slow poached Octopus) which is excellent very soft not gummy, perfectly seasoned & the King Crab Sushi is very tasty... the rice melted in my mouth... it might look like a smaller portion of sushi... but the point is to get to taste as many variety of fish... by the end of the night u will feel full... my sister & my friend ordered omakase & a la carte... they were beyond happy with their fish selection...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 78 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 455 reviews are from the 15 East Restaurant reviews archive.
  • one of best meals in recent memory
    KuuMA
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    went here with my wife for our anniversary and each got the tasting menu. it was unreal. best japanese food i've had since living in japan. would recommend for a special occasion when you want a serious dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    liviluring
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    My boyfriend and I had an Amazing meal at 15 East. Great service, great food and great wine. The vibe was nice too. Although rather pricy I would definitely recommend this! Don't miss the tartare (starter) and the Tuna flight (main course) - delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    ludovicco
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food and the service are good, but the price leaves you feeling like you've been taken for a ride. In my opinion, $400 is simply too much to pay for a meal, and I live in Paris, which is famous for its expensive dining. No amount of chit-chat about cooking octopus at 140 degrees for tenderness and the availability of obscure and rare seafood can compensate for what is fundamentally a dining experience that offers very poor value.
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