• Critics’ Pick
  • 15 East

  • Japanese/Sushi $32-$110
  • 15 E. 15th St.
    New York, NY 10003
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone: 212-647-0015
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With its modest size and stark décor, 15 East feels like that rare and exotic thing: a traditional Japanese-run restaurant. The proprietor, Marco Moreira, owner of the nearby Tocqueville, had the good sense to hire Masato Shimizu, a talented young sushi chef who formerly worked at Jewel Bako. Shimizu is a purist who cures his own gari (ginger) and produces high-class, no-frills sushi in the classic style. There are no tricked-out maki rolls on his menu, and no newfangled sushi items containing seared foie gras or Kobe beef. You can get seven varieties of silver fish on the à la carte menu, however, and an impeccable example of sayori (needlefish) with scallion. The anago (poached sea eel) is another specialty, and if you’re feeling flush, order the $80 “tuna flight,” consisting of five different cuts and grades of fresh bluefin, which the gregarious Shimizu will illustrate for you with a special tuna chart.

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  • Hours

    Mon-Sat, noon-2pm and 6pm-10:30pm Sun, closed

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Dine at the Bar Lunch Notable Chef Special Occasion Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef Catering Prix-Fixe Online Reservation

  • Alcohol

    Sake and Soju Full Bar

  • Reservations


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