15 East Restaurant

4.6
958 reviews
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$50 and over
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Sushi
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With the successful move of Tocqueville, Chef Proprietor Marco Moreira 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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Sushi, Japanese
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 12:00pm - 1:45pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:30pm-9:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 647-0015
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Noriyuki Takahashi
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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 Marco Moreira at 212-647-1515.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th Avenue
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Parking details
There is a Central Parking Garage located next door in addition to street parking.
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Public transit
L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5 & 6 trains to Union Square - 14th Street and F & V trains to 6th Avenue.
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Additional
BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Wine
What 958 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.5
service
4.5
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3.8
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79% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

service a bit slow at the start, but improved from there

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food is very good, no question, but completely overpriced. The menu is limited. The appetizers are not very interesting. There a dozens of Japanese restaurants in the city serving excellent sushi or sashimi at a more reasonable price. If you set those aside, there’s not much left to choose from.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Sushi is superb! Great service, love the wood counter and quiet ambience.

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2.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Does not compare on par with others priced at the same level. The basic sushi was average to below average. Toro has too many grades should just keep it simple. My toro’s meat has large separation gaps; signs of sub average knife skill and should not be served for sushi a la cart. Squid sushi was not fresh. Should be crispy fresh but turns out to be a bit rubbery and chewy. Hamachi was probably the best.

Toro tartar came without sauce on the side or just plain soy for the table. Not everyone is a fan of the stronger than usual fishy taste. Soft shell crab was a decent size and meaty. Unfortunately seasoning is too salty. Batter should be light and airy like tempura, instead it is soggy and not crispy. Octopus is just one dimensional - salty and nothing else.

Overall, not worthy to come back.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

This is my favorite place for sushi in Manhattan. Uni is amazing! Try the uni flight! The restaurant is also home to my favorite omakase tasting menu.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Amazing food. Great service. Still overpriced relative to other great tasting menus / omakase. Wouldn’t rush back, but just bc $160 for the tasting was too high. Should be $120.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Eating at the sushi bar is consistently excellent. Kitchen food and home made soba noodles are equally outstanding, and the lobster uni risotto hopefully never disappears from the menu. Nice desserts, too. Very good selection of wine and spirits.

This combined with elegant service in a contemporary setting always makes a visit highly enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Spectacular sashimi and sushi. Sushi bar dining is especially extraordinary

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2018

Great food,and great service. We really love this place. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

My colleague and I ate at 15 East for the first time.
We ordered 10 pieces of Sushi each. Every piece was delicious. Our favorite was the Akami and Aji .
The chef was very personable and professional. We received a complimentary dessert, Mineoka, as per chef's generosity.
It was an enjoyable dining experience. I will definitely go again!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Sofisticated. Expensive but worth the experience.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Amazing as always. Travel to Tokyo and this is the closest thing in nyc

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4.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Came on a co-worker's rec and positive press over the years. Our last few trips to Nakazawa have been disappointing as things were still good but have fallen off since Nakazawa left, so we've been looking for a new sushi spot, but this is certainly not it.

The fish was fresh, but didn't have much flavor, and you were given a dish of soy sauce and occasionally told not to use it, but this caused a lot of trouble as inevitably, you'd add a little soy sauce, and then after the piece was in your mouth, realize it was fairly bland and needed more sauce, or you'd add a bit more and find out the fish had a smoky flavor and the sauce really conflicted with the flavor, so I don't think we really enjoyed any pieces to their fullest except the uni. I don't remember the last time I was given soy sauce to apply myself at an omakase.

The soba noodles were good, but for $30 (after you add the appropriate toppings), it should be pretty special. So while I'd sadly say that other than the uni, the noodles were the highlight of the meal, I wouldn't come back just to spend $30 on a bowl of noodles.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Great omakase chef was amazing

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Excellent service, delicious and fresh sushi - our favorites, softshell crab, eel and yellow tail. Excellent waiters and sommelier for helping us pick a wonderful sake.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Very nice, great date spot. Good choice of cooked items along with soba (may be best to order that one plain). There could be a touch more variety with the sushi itself, as much of it was grouped into about 5 varieties of fish, but it was of extremely high quality... So best not to mess with what works!

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great experience/meal. Sometimes sitting at the sushi bar is a bit intimidating. There was a bit of ackwadness in the beginning with who to order from but all in all great food and great service.

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2.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Great service overpriced sushi

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Everything was exquisite! We thoroughly enjoyed it. I had the omakase and my wife had the lobster risotto and black cod. We'll be back.

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

The sushi was amazingly fresh, fantastic and beautiful. We loved the quiet subdued ambiance of the restaurant, and service was first class.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Wonderful as usual!

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2.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Not completely terrible, but certainly overpriced. Sushi as main was good but not worth the price we paid for it. Two appetizers (seaweed taster and lobster tempura) were both good as well but not astonishing which food needs to be at these prices. Won't return.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

As usual, the food at 15 East was delicious and beautifully presented. We enjoyed salmon skin rolls and a very nice selection of sushi. The wine list is good and generous. I love this elegant restaurant.

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2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

NY has enough sushi epicures to sing high praises about the “heavenly” sashimi and sushi at 15 East. A survey of most food review sites (Yelp, Zagat, TripAdvisor, etc) on comments about 15 East will attest to this. I would half heartedly agree. The other half of me would say that it’s just way too pricey - the 15 piece sashimi sushi combo will set one back a painful $110 and this omakase tasted just enough for the appetizer. Indeed, my colleague and I each had to order a main entree in addition. These main entrees (scallop with foie gras and the duck breast dishes) were so-so, less heavenly than the sushi.
This sums up our experience at 15 East — very zen but the earthly part of us left with hunger pangs and uneasy dollar pains... we won’t go again.

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2.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Quality of fish uneven. Preparations not very interesting. Expensive for quality.

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3.0Dined on June 15, 2018

While the sushi was exquisite, everything else was thoroughly sub par, especially for such an expensive meal. I can list several sushi places where one would pay a fraction of the price for an equally special and memorable experience.

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1.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Went for a prix fix lunch and added black code and soft shell crab - food was good and fresh. Nothing spectacular. The dishes were so small that with a 150$ bill we were still left hungry.
Don’t go for the fix prix lunch!

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2.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We did the omakase and were quite disappointed. The portions were tiny and not that appetizing. We have dined At Tocqueville many times and are always impressed. This restaurant was a huge disappointment

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

We selected 15 East to celebrate a special occasion because of its ratings as a top NYC restaurant with outstanding sushi. It met our expectations in terms of the quality of the omakasa food entries and the attentiveness of the wait staff was the best we’ve experienced in years. While we didn’t tell the staff that we were celebrating a special occasion, they figured it out, and brought out a special dessert for our daughter. It was a memorable dining experience that we would happily repeat.

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

Amazing!!! Always love the chef

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

The most perfect experience it could have been. Definitely a must go in NYC !! Our favorite sushi restaurant in the world. Please don’t forget to try the Tuna Flight and Omakase. What a special place !!

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Quality food and presentation, sushi chef was engaging and made dining experience more fun.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

They were so attentive and they brought out a decorated dessert place for my daughter for her celebration of a new contract signing.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

I had a wonderful business lunch here. We enjoyed the omakase menu, the fish was very fresh and of the best quality. Service was attentive, professional and very welcoming. I'm definitely going to bring my girlfriend here for our next date night!

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2.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Monica - not nice while confirming, not nice, when we came on time and she made us wait.
Sake waiter, not to say - sake salesperson, condescending not accurate in his descriptions. Brought us and served deferent second bottle though we asked for the same.
Sashimi and Sushi, just ok.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Hands down one of the top Japanese restaurants in nyc!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent service, fois.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The service is exceedingly professional and consistently outclasses many establishments in the industry. Additionally. The food never dissapoints and is frankly extremely reasonably priced for business lunch meals. Well, except the $50 a glass cocktail that I shouldn't have ordered more than twice. Of course. That's on me. Exceptional and consistent experience over many years and that is close to my highest regards and praise.

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3.0Dined on May 5, 2018

My husband and I went to 15 East for his Birthday. The restaurant is a very cozy, quiet and good for dates/celebratory events for two. We sat in the dining hall and ordered the 15 piece omakase each with an appetizer and salad to share. The appetizer and salad was tasty, but can't say the same about the omakase. Maybe this is where we made our mistake. The omakase came out in 3 flights of 5 sushi pieces. We had some notable fish, such as toro, spanish mackerel, scottish salmon, californian uni and some other types of fish but nothing eccentric. In addition, the sushi was at room temperature and very fishy. At first, I thought it was just me but my husband said the same thing. Maybe it was an off night, maybe it was because we ordered Omakase while sitting in the dining hall. Whether it was either or, the price that we paid for this dinner did not justify the quality of food we had. On a brighter note, their mochi green tea sandwich was very very good. It might have been the best thing we had that night.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Absolutely phenomenal flavors to the food choices. Sizes were smallish. Wait staff incredibly knowledgeable about and considerate with a diner who has a gluten allergy. Gorgeous, small space. Still hard to justify some of the prices, but if you’ve got the money and like high quality sushi, you’ll not be disappointed.

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