15 East

15 East

Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Restaurant$$$$
Union Square, New York
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  • Has a stamp of approval from Time Out New York and GQ Magazine
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  • R
    "Also see Sushi Azabu (still the best omakase in Manhattan, IMO)"(37 Tips)
    Casey S.
    "sushi omakase lunch and split the tuna flight two ways."(5 Tips)
    Mary C.
    "Get the seasonal omakase - the toro & uni flight was amazing."(4 Tips)
    Serious Eats
    "High-end Japanese in a serene setting with very good soba noodles."(14 Tips)
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  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupJuly 9, 2013
    A great place to order the omakase while sitting at the sushi bar to get a little bit of everything. It's not cheap, but it's well worth it.
  • Rachel W.
    Rachel Wang PangNovember 10, 2015
    This is my go to sushi place in the city, I love the fresh wasabi, all the different type of fish you can choose from and taste of uni was just amazing
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 2, 2016
    Walk in, sit at the counter instead of the dining room at this elegant Japanese restaurant near Union Square. Let Masa, the chef, do his thing. Go by yourself, so you can really focus on the food. Read more
  • The Food Sluts
    The Food SlutsAugust 21, 2012
    Awesome sushi and soba. The omakase menu is supposed to be excellent, too. We didn't love the more traditional, western items, including the cherry wood smoked duck ($32 ). Read more
  • Nicole C.
    Nicole CascinoNovember 9, 2013
    Came in for a quick bite before class. I now plan on coming back and enjoying a longer meal at the sushi bar. Watching the chefs at work is a mesmerizing performance..and the fish is super fresh!!
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyFebruary 14, 2014
    At 15 East, the sushi is as clean-cut as the sleek, white interior. Try the omakase (“I’ll leave it to you”), for ten pieces of chef-selected sashimi. Tuna fiends can delight in a flight.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyJuly 11, 2013
    Order the Botanebi (sweet shrimp), and you are guaranteed to come back. Not only can you taste the freshness and quality in the shrimp, but it’s that sweetness that makes it stand out from the rest.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 5, 2014
    Cold soba with salmon roe: The firm, chewy buckwheat noodles arrive in a pool of umami-rich broth with a touch of fresh wasabi and spring onions. Splurge on giant pearls of salmon roe. Read more
  • CC
    CCDecember 3, 2013
    Do the omokase if possible. Also they have great yellowtail sashimi plate. Surprise dish: lobster uni risotto - must try. SO buttery and creamy and the uni really shined through.
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisMarch 17, 2015
    Great for a fancy, authentic Japanese meal. Enjoyed the sushi omakase, Uni flight, and fresh soba with ikura, uni, and caviar
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 6, 2013
    Yes this place is crazy expensive, but the quality of the sushi ranks in the top 5 in the city. The weekday lunch special allows even the most common of us to sample their fare (in small quantities..)
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    Masato Shimizu employs first-rate seafood flown in from Japan, deftly molding lightly torched golden-eye snapper or luscious soy-lacquered cherry salmon on beds of loose toothsome grains. Read more
  • Eberhard G.
    I made the mistake of sitting at the sushi bar. They show you the life shrimp, which moves. It still moves when they give you the plate. I was horrified. Couldn't wait to leave.
  • Neha K.
    Neha KulkarniAugust 23, 2013
    Get the sushi omakase and make sure the shrimp and king salmon are in the mix. End on the yuzu soufflé...will leave you feeling satisfied and refreshed!
  • Jessica L.
    Jessica LinAugust 5, 2013
    Great sushi, great service, yada yada yada, but the best part is the Very Handsome Asian Man who will explain your alcohol choices in great detail
  • Casey S.
    Casey SchoonoverNovember 17, 2014
    Best sushi I've had in NYC! Ordered the sushi omakase lunch and split the tuna flight two ways. Sit at the sushi bar for the best experience.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkJune 4, 2013
    The room, designed by architect Richard Bloch (Masa), feels like a sanctuary, and the food (fittingly) has a near-religious following among raw fish fanatics. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsFebruary 9, 2014
    High-end Japanese in a serene setting with very good soba noodles.
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudNovember 13, 2014
    Amazing sushi - some of the best in NYC. Also try the hot soba. Love the duck soba.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    The omakase focuses on sushi and sashimi of high quality, like tender octopus, creamy toro, & seared isaki (grunt fish). – Green Guide Editor
  • Steven Y.
    Steven YApril 7, 2013
    Bring a date and get the sashimi omakase each, then split a tuna flight, a bowl of housemade soba noodles and the kabocha creme caramel
  • R
    RFebruary 18, 2013
    Pretty solid. Their lunch omakase is a spectacular value. Also see Sushi Azabu (still the best omakase in Manhattan, IMO)
  • Shelley C.
    Shelley ChenOctober 16, 2014
    Take an uni journey here: 3 kinds of uni flight, uni risotto, and soba topped with uni. 💕
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah RoseFebruary 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The best omakase lunch! Sit at the sushi bar and their uni is amazing. One of my favorite restaurants in nyc
  • Cindy S.
    Cindy SplendiferousDecember 7, 2014
    The assorted tuna Omakase, sushi omakase, and uni sampler to die for!
  • Sherry L.
    Sherry LiMarch 18, 2015
    Very good high end sushi. Slightly over priced. Good tuna and if they have fresh uni, that's a must have.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldAugust 23, 2014
    As someone who doesn't love octopus, I can truly say that this octopus is transformative. Sit at the bar.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 12, 2013
    Indulge in Master Chef Masato Shimizu's stunning seafood and try the seasonal spiny lobster tasting.
  • Just Jax
    Just JaxJanuary 9, 2014
    Call in advance to reserve at the sushi bar; amazing experience. Also, best omakase I've ever had.
  • Shindy C.
    Shindy COctober 5, 2013
    Some of the best sushi in the city. Intimate, cool environment, top-notch service, and wonderful sake menu.
  • Jackie L.
    Jackie LuoJuly 26, 2012
    The tasting menu is good (but expensive for students at $120 per person), and the fish is very, very fresh. Also, the service is fantastic!
  • Peter Y.
    Peter YangAugust 3, 2011
    Amazing fish quality- def go omakase at the bar and try the octopus that the chef massages... it's like Kobe style.
  • Nilo A.
    Nilo AlmeidaMarch 13, 2012
    The omakase is great and inexpensive at USD 55.00. Order a good sake and be sure to enjoy at the sushi bar.
  • Camilla C.
    Camilla CFebruary 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    anyone that knows me knows this is my all-time favorite sushi spot. never a bad dining experience here.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BeJune 1, 2010
    Have the most exquisite omakase presented to you piece by piece from executive chef Masato Shimizu. Realize you both have met before through your ex-boyfriend. Small world!
  • Teresa
    TeresaNovember 29, 2014
    Handmade soba noodles. Omakase. Seaweed sampler of 11 varieties.
  • Matty C.
    Matty CitoMay 10, 2015
    Amazing fish and service seriously. what do u think I can say that's different from the other reviews. Do it
  • Nick 🍾 F.
    Nick 🍾 FarinaJuly 27, 2012
    The Omakase is one of the best I've had in the city thus far. Also, great sea urchin.
  • Meryl P.
    Meryl PearlsteinJuly 11, 2011
    Unusual Japanese selections, both sushi and non. Lots of tofu variants. Read more
  • Michel P.
    Michel POctober 27, 2013
    I discover 15East last year in it was one of my favorite in NYC. One year later they lost creativity, the service became usual... Just the price doesn't change! What happened 15east ?
  • Bravo
    BravoJanuary 26, 2010
    This modern impasse restaurant offers creative presentation with traditional sensibilities. Impeccably fresh fish is the star here. -Kevin Gillespie, Top Chef
  • Ivy L.
    Ivy LiMarch 13, 2011
    Not an eel fan? Get the Anago sushi and you'll be a convert in no time. Best eel ever. Amazingly fresh!
  • Mickey L.
    Mickey LynnAugust 20, 2011
    house made Soba noodles are amazing. Also the tofu is fantastic
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 22, 2015
    Japanese oysters, yellowtail sashimi four ways, & handmade soba noodles
  • Sam K.
    Great sushi place, and the non sushi dishes are very creative
  • Alan A.
    Alan AurmontJanuary 4, 2015
    My birthday dinner. I still prefer Brushstroke when it comes to Japanese restaurants.
  • Mary C.
    Mary ChuOctober 24, 2015
    Get the seasonal omakase - the toro & uni flight was amazing.
  • Max B.
    Max BlekhterSeptember 29, 2012
    Sushi bar. Recommend sushi omakase & octopus, which is massaged 500 times.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaMay 7, 2015
    Go with the chefs (omakase) menu. Just perfect. The desserts were meh.
  • No Leftovers J.
    Amazing Omakase. Sit at the sushi bar if you can!
  • Jason P.
    Jason PolicarpioJune 2, 2012
    Try the House made Tofu appetizer and the poached octopus! The best!
  • Vic Z.
    Vic ZaudSeptember 10, 2014
    Great all the way. Do the Omakase.
  • Danwen
    DanwenJanuary 26, 2014
    7 course tasting menu. Subbed the salmon for the lobster uni risotto. Life changing.
  • Robert G.
    Robert GutierrezMay 27, 2012
    World Class meal and service. Best eel and uni I've ever had. #NYC
  • Ilse
    IlseAugust 7, 2014
    Don't miss the tuna flight! The fattiest tuna tastes like foie gras!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 26, 2012
    Try the Uni - From Santa Barbara apparently. Really really good.
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhNovember 19, 2014
    Superb sushi! Very fresh & delicious
  • Stefan G.
    Stefan GlueckOctober 19, 2016
    Probably the best sushi in New York
  • Daniel K.
    Daniel KriegerApril 27, 2012
    The urchin I just had might have been the best I've ever tasted godddddam!!
  • Gansevoort Hotel Group
    Gansevoort Hotel GroupOctober 18, 2010
    Get the Ribeye Of Colorado Kobe Beef celeriac puree, shiitake butter, seasonal vegetables
  • Rubén G.
    Rubén GarcíaJanuary 20
    The 20 piece sushi omakase was incredible.
  • Umair Z.
    Umair ZiaJuly 8, 2014
    "Suzuki aria, ice-cured wild sea bass, and a flight of tuna" -Thrilllist
  • Fred W.
    Fred WilsonNovember 26, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    get the soba noodles with uni (sea urchin)only thing is it takes a while to make them so order them as soon as you get there
  • ginny h.
    ginny hOctober 12, 2014
    Great fish! will come back again for bar seating!
  • Fran H.
    Fran HauserApril 8, 2013
    The chu-toro is amazing. Melts in your mouth!
  • Esteban C.
    Esteban CoppelMay 3, 2016
    Everything is great! Great Sake Menu
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 26, 2012
    Try the Saba Sushi - Excellent mackerel
  • Jose F.
    Jose FuentesMay 27, 2016
    The fish is well fermented. The rice... Not great. Go for sashimi omakase.
  • Sefi K.
    Sefi KeiniApril 17, 2014
    You will not find a better omakase this side of Tokyo
  • akami h.
    akami hellermanMarch 19, 2015
    Everything is fresh and the presentation is top notch.
  • Lauren L.
    Lauren LandJune 22, 2012
    Incredible sushi -- raw bar is second to none
  • Tash C.
    Tash ConcepcionNovember 13, 2016
    The tuna flight was amazing.
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 26, 2012
    Try the Kanpachi Sushi - Excellent yellowtail
  • Piroon S.
    Piroon ShinawatraJuly 12, 2014
    Don't order oyster, some are not fresh. And service is very poor. It costed me 400+ which I gave them 500 usd, then they didn't return the change. After that I found out that they are over charge me.
  • Summer I.
    Summer IzkovichJune 29, 2014
    Suzuki aria, iced-cured wiled sea bass, and a flight of tuna
  • Shindy C.
    Shindy CSeptember 6, 2014
    One of the best sushi restaurants in the city!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 26, 2012
    Try the Anago Sushi - Sea eel
  • Natalie
    NatalieJanuary 11, 2010
    try salmon 5 ways if you're a die hard salmon fan.also, their buckwheat tea is amazing and unique.
  • Daniel B.
    Daniel BouludJuly 30, 2014
    One of my favorite places to eat sushi in the city. I like their starter of 11 varieties of Japanese seaweed and the main course of cherry-wood-smoked duck, shiitake mushrooms and satsuma yam.
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  • Scott F.
    Scott FisherJune 12, 2012
    One of the top 10 restaurants in NYC- for a reason!
  • Denis S.
    Denis SosnovtsevApril 24, 2015
    Good sushi, but vastly overpriced for what it is and a general air of snooty pretentious attitude to boot.
  • Andre W.
    Andre WFebruary 19, 2013
    Sushi bar. Tasting menu.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Harold Dieterle, chef of Kin Shop, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Duck soba noodles. Read more
  • YBY
    YBYJanuary 12, 2013
    Try the lobster n uni risotto!
  • F-Factor N.
    F-Factor NutritionAugust 14, 2012
    Such fresh fish, love sitting at the sushi bar. #FFactorApproved
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh H.August 10, 2014
    Last time I was here, Yoko Ono was too. I think that says it all.
  • Karla A.
    Karla AFebruary 4, 2015
    Sashimi omakase for the win!
  • Kathleen C.
    Kathleen CorlessJuly 9, 2015
    Fresh sushi, great tuna appetizer
  • Sam H.
    Sam HaskelSeptember 3, 2015
    A bit overpriced but omakase was incredible
  • Maria A.
    Maria AlvarezAugust 24, 2013
    Tuna and sea urchin flight- yessss
  • GQ Magazine
    GQ MagazineJune 7, 2012
    Try the chu-toro. Thank us later.
  • John
    JohnNovember 13, 2014
    Buy Masa a beer when at the bar.
  • Mike D.
    Mike DizonJune 13, 2011
    Amazing food, and great staff. Perfect!
  • Jade
    JadeApril 6, 2016
    High quality, creative
  • Kath
    KathFebruary 15, 2016
    A little disappointed by the vday tasting menu
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 26, 2012
    Try the Hamachi Roll
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauOctober 26, 2012
    Try the Unagi Roll
  • Es L.
    Es LeyJune 19
    elegant, upscale, and great service
  • Bradly.
    Bradly.May 30, 2011
    Possibly the best Sushi I've had in #NYC Read more
  • Tanuj P.
    Tanuj ParikhJuly 2, 2012
    Green tea ice cream is succulent.
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