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 $65 each was somewhat standard in terms of fish selection. I would go with the Sashimi omakase next time, since the 10 pieces of excellent quality but small sushi would have made a good appetizer, not main course. The Sashimi omakase had to have at least double the quantity of fish as the Sushi omakase. Finally,I am convinced that some portion of our 500 ml carafe of sake was mistakenly served to another table, and our waiter seemed supremely confident that was not the case.
They charge 140$ for a tasting menu. Sushi average price is 7$ piece.
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 ).
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.
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.
What a disappointment. Overpriced and mediocre food at best. Don't bother.
Sushi was just perfect. Hard to do it much better. Simply ate ala carte. Did not try any special dishes.
excellent sushi but a little overpriced
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.
Food and Service was amazing, quite expensive but similar to other high end Sushi Restaurants in the City.
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!
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!
Food was great. Don't miss the uni risotto! Hot mushroom soba was also prepared to perfection. The sushi was very fresh.
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?
It would have been 3 stars but the tofu soba were pretty 4-5 star
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
Excellent food and fresh ingredients! Tried a number of items from the menu and was not disappointed! Customer service was outstanding. Will definitely return!
Good sushi but expensive for what you get. Excellent ambience
I thought there was too much raw fish in the tasting menu. A sashimi course followed by nigiri sushi had me too full.
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).
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.
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.
In one year 15 east last his creativity, service, ambiance and just keep the price - really to expansive for what it becomes
The quality of the fish here is outstanding. The tasting menu was not really great - just order a la carte.
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.
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.
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.
But better make a reservation before u go
The food is very good but not worth the money because the portions are extremely small.
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.
Very good food, but the service was annoyingly slow and unorganized.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
great food, presentation, service
Must save room for desserts. They are creative, balanced and incredibly delicious. Service was delightful.