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15 E. 15th St., nr. Union Square W. (Union Square)
New York, NY
(1) 212-647-0015 | www.15eastrestaurant.com
HOURSMon.-Fri.: 12:00pm-1:45pm, 6:00pm-10:30pm; Sat.: 6:00pm-11:00pm; Sunday: Closed
BEST FORLunch; dinner
BARYes- sushi bar
PRICE (LUNCH PRIX FIXE; DINNER APPETIZER; DINNER ENTRÉE; SUSHI OMAKASE)USD 29; USD 12-32; USD 28-49; USD 59-95
FAMOUS PLATESSushi omakase; handmade soba noodles
DRINKS AND WINEExtensive sake and soju selection; beer; wine; cocktails
# OF SEATS50
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
SUBWAY14th St.-Union Sq. (4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R); 14th St.-6th Ave. (1, 2, 3, F, L, M)
This modestly graceful sushi eatery is split into two rooms. The front houses a gleaming nine-seat sushi bar, where guests are served omakase from classic-style sushi chef Masato Shimizu, a Jewel Bako alum. The back plays home to the rectangular main dining room, whose gray walls and spare, minimalist accents (such as the four grand light fixtures, slate flooring, and lushly cushioned chairs) conjure a calming, serene atmosphere that makes conversation almost sacred. The staff is welcoming yet not intrusive, allowing customers to enjoy the delightful cuisine in a relaxed setting.
Sushi fanatics and well-heeled neighborhood conversationalists.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Dress to match the sleek décor and food; we suggest a blouse, pencil skirt, and heels.
GO HERE WITH
Small groups; significant other; a date
WHY WE LIKE IT
The chic rooms are a refreshing change from the flashy décor (think samurai swords, garishly bright paper lanterns, geisha outfits) popular in many Japanese venues, and Chef Shimizu really knows what he's doing.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
GOOD TO KNOW
Shimizu specializes in and prefers the purity and class of simple, raw cuisine. He delights in teaching curious customers about his culinary techniques, often using his own special chart to demonstrate. Reservations for only parties of 3 and under are accepted at the sushi bar.
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