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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSushi
15 East Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)special occasion (60)romantic (42)neighborhood gem (35)notable wine list (16)hot spot (12)great for lunch (7)good for groups (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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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    special occasion
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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!
    Special Features:
    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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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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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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    romantic
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  • Great ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    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
    Special Features:
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
  • Great food, price on the high side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I thought there was too much raw fish in the tasting menu. A sashimi course followed by nigiri sushi had me too full.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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  • Great food but not authentic feel
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    The food here is very good, the decor is nice. It doesn't feel like an authentically Japanese experience but just don't expect that from the start. Also, despite the sushi being very good compared to other places in the city, the portions are very small, even by Japanese standards (take it from someone who lived in Japan for many years).
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  • Best Omakase in New York
    rosebudVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    We choose this Japanese restaurant to entertain our visiting Chicago foodie guest. The setting is small, serene and very well decorated which helps to enjoy the lovely, fresh food. We all loved the home-made ginger tofu soy. The sashimi omakase is varied and beautifully presented. I told the waitress that I liked uni (sea urchin) and the sushi chef included that on my plate. The prices are in line with the quality and not inexpensive.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Find Peace at 15 East
    Bagels
    Dined on 10/31/2013
    Walk through the door into another world. I have now eaten here three times. Once, I had dinner at the bar, then I stopped in for lunch and had the most sublime soba. I dragged my husband and another couple there on Halloween. 15 East was fantastic every single time. The wait staff take care of you and are absolutely lovely. I'll be going back.... maybe for lunch next week. The prix fixe lunch is a great deal. This is expensive, though - so keep that in mind.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disapointed
    MichelPierret
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    In one year 15 east last his creativity, service, ambiance and just keep the price - really to expansive for what it becomes
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  • Very good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The quality of the fish here is outstanding. The tasting menu was not really great - just order a la carte.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UNI GALORE
    ARNEL
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The experience from reservation confirmation to paying the check, customer services was spot on! Staff was knowledgeable and made some good recommendations. The sashimi was fresh and the preparation of the food was delightful. Thank you and we'll be back.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • suberbe food
    tesssVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    excellent fish quality, presentation, menu. Service equally great. A minor mishap occurred. It was handled professionally with great care. I would recommend this place time and again. I have been there a number of times and was delighted each time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The fish was outstanding but
    CraneyVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    The fish was outstanding but some of the hot food fell flat. The service could also be a bit faster, especially when there are clearly spare waiters and waitresses standing around. overall a good experience -- would go back for sushi/sashimi only.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the $
    FriMacVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    The food is very good but not worth the money because the portions are extremely small.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best Sushi in NY
    NobuVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I've tried so many Japanese resutaurants in US, but this is one of my favorites. Try Chef's Tasting Course. Sushi/Sashimi are so fresh and really good quality. Seasonal soup was also amazing. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Very good food, but the service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Very good food, but the service was annoyingly slow and unorganized.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect but pricey
    TORiaJVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    Food was excellent. Service attentive. Really liked the place but there aren't too many times a year we can afford $150+ for lunch for two without alcohol. Think it is a great expense account crowd option but being retired now and paying our own way doubt we will be back. No slam against the place just a warning. Perfect but pricey.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Just ok…
    ncsavage
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    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…
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, but way overpriced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    Every piece of fish was wonderful, rivaling many of the top sushi restaurants in NYC, but the final bill was 35% higher than you would have paid at any of those other restaurants (except Masa ...). I will not go back again as the same quality can be obtained for much cheaper.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The Art of Japanese cuisine
    luv15east
    Dined on 9/3/2013
    I've been to many excellent Japanese restaurants in Manhattan because this is my favorite cuisine. 15 East is, without doubt, the best of the best. The food so finely prepared (the slow poached octopus is exquisite!) and so beautifully presented, you will be delighted by each and every mouthful. These chefs are full fledged artisans, or artists. Although small, the environment is elegant and comfortable. Service is impeccable. And, depending on the clientele, the room is not noisy. There is a very nice selection of sakes in various price ranges. Also good wines available for those who prefer it. Highly recommend this restaurant for lovers of Japanese food or for diners trying this cuisine for the first time. You're sure to return.
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    romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in town ?
    MrPaul
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Don't know as I use to live in Europe but surely one of the best japanese experience I ever had. Quality of the products, service, wine list. The prices are even "reasonnable" taking into account the one-star Michelin gained
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    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a bit disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    while the comparison may be unfair; part of my reason for choosing 15east was a favorable comparison to Morimoto. While everything was good was not of the same calibre. Good selection of junmai sake, service was great.
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  • Disappointing
    User12215
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    I had gone to 15 East years ago and had the 10 piece sushi omakase. It was fresh, innovative, bright, delicious, and largely unparalleled until I later travelled to Toyko itself. Unfortunately, on my return yesterday I encountered a very different restaurant. I had the 7-piece sushi omakase and found the tuna and salmon to be slightly metallic in flavor, the presentation a little off -- the grain on the tuna had been separated by an over-zealous preparation -- the rice was cold, the sweet shrimp lackluster in flavor and surprisingly mild. For a restaurant, and bill, with a reputation such as 15 East's, the bar is set high, and I'm afraid my lunch was nowhere near to meeting it. A fair sushi experience, but not worthy of the price.
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  • Must save room for desserts.
    Helsbells
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    Must save room for desserts. They are creative, balanced and incredibly delicious. Service was delightful.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excllent Sushi
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    The sushi at 15 East is always delicious and as good as can be found in New York. 15 East is not just a sushi bar, but also an excellent restaurant with a great wine and saki list. The soft shell crab appetizer with had was one of the best renditions of soft shell I have had in a long time and all of the sushi we ate was distinctive, fresh and outstanding. The restaurant is great for a date or with a small group to catch up.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    KARLO
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    Found the food very basic in flavor with the exception of the sea bass appetizer. I had the prawn tempura, my wife had the duck. The tempura was no different from any neighbor sushi joint, my wifes duck was tough and rare. I had high expectations as I was recently in their associated restaurant, The Fourth, and have only the highest praise for that. I would not go back. Expect a lot more based on ratings an price.
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  • Best sushi in town!!!
    Pfeilschneid
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    This is an amazing restaurant. I sat at the sushi bar, and all we ate was sushi, but the other plates looked amazing as well. The sushi is AAA quality and the fish could not be any fresher. I have been to Japan many times, and this is in terms of food quality and presentation of the true sushi, identical and better then many restaurants in Japan, as far as sushi goes. I was amazed to find this quality of sushi here in NYC. The chef Masato, amazing!!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, modern sushi
    peanut03
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    There are lots of great Japanese restaurants in New York and this is certainly among them, what stands out as exceptional is the service. The staff here are professional, friendly but not intrusive, observant but not hovering and timed to perfection.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    I was looking forward to trying this place but was underwhelmed by the food, service and ambience. First the food; the fish quality was only average and was not worth the price charged - better off spending your money at Sushi Yasuda for much better quality. It's not a good sign when I thought the soba dish was the highlight of the meal at a Sushi place. The service and ambience was ok, but no warmth or character to the place. For the price of the meal ($300 for two), I expect a lot more.
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  • Neighborhood Gem
    paulinanycVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    For someone that really appreciates sushi/sashimi this place is quite good. I would definitely recommend for a local quality sushi restaurant. Great location, very fresh fish.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sushi and sashimi were superb!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/24/2013
    The service was impeccable and the food was glorious! Thanks, 15 East! My dad had the tuna flight which almost brought me to tears by just looking at it! I had a bite and the fattiest tuna was just superb. I had the sashimi omakase which consisted of a good amount of the freshest fish! I had to consciously take my time to ensure I didn't gobble up the entire plate in less than a minute. The sashimi was perfect. My favorite had to be scallop and the hamachi! To start, we shared the slow-poached octopus which is definitely a must-have. The octopus was so tender and delicious. We also had a seasonal dry sake with a hint of fruit -- recommended by the sake sommelier. All in all, we had a perfect meal at 15 East! Cheers!
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Cozy and delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    We outsourced our entire experience to the knowledgable staff and chef with the 6 course tasting menu and Sake pairing selections. The sashimi and sushi courses were both spectacular, with my standout favorite being the Toro roll. Seating was a little cramped, but it's a guilty pleasure to eavesdropping on a neighbor's romantic dinner conversation.
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Great service.
    Superfine
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    Great food. Great service. I really enjoyed it. I do think the price can be more reasonable.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unforgettable
    fsimoesVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    The Sashimi and the sushi were superb, especially the mackerel, salmon, scallop, oyster and the sea eel on top of everything else. My best Japanese dining ever.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Based upon the reviews, I was expecting more from 15 East than what we received. I have previously eaten at Nobu & was looking forward to trying a new place. We had the Omakase tasting which was good but not great. The portions were small & not very filling. So we ordered ramen soup to split between the two of us & dessert. We even shared a bowl of edamae to start & had a couple of beers. Being half Japanese, I have eaten sushi all my life. I have had the opportunity to eat sushi in Japan & even at a sushi bars just outside of the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Great sushi places are hard to come by in the US (outside of a few places in LA, SF and Hawaii) and even in Japan so I'll keep looking for one in NYC during my next trip.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant sushi in serene setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    I only came to 15 East because I wanted quality sashimi in downtown New York and what I got was above and beyond. The service was impeccable, the sommeillier was very knowledgable and the staff unpretentious. They were very accomodating despite my being with a baby, and I am now very curious to try their other restaurant down the block. The sushi was very high quality and I would definitely recommend this place as a nice peaceful respite from the chaos of the city.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.