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15 East Offers a ‘Study in Seaweed’

15 East, Tocqueville’s long-planned sister restaurant, has made a lot of fans with its excellent sushi and sashimi. But owner Marco Moreira’s proudest achievement may be the “degustation of sea lettuces,” a $14 appetizer that presents New Yorkers with eleven varieties of authentic Japanese seaweed. “Seaweed is so unappreciated here,” he says. “You see seaweed salads that come in already dressed and frozen, with different seaweeds mixed together. I wanted to create a dish that showcases different seaweeds, textures, looks, and flavors.” As always, mouse over the different elements of the dish to see them described in Moreira’s own words.

Brits Get No Tips at the London?; Lower Eastpacking District Opening

Flo chart: Guy Martin snubs N.Y. for Boston, the scoop on Tía Pol's new place, and more. [NYT] Ramsay's non-union Brits getting stripped of tips? [Eater] Marco Moreira to open a Japanese-y restaurant in his old Tocqueville space. [NYS] The shutter comes down on Park Ave. Cafe. [Crain's] The Beard House steps up its game for the celebrity-chef era. [WSJ] A thirteen-pound sausage belonging to Batali goes missing. [LAT] Mr. Chow celebrates his new flick with Sharon Stone and Sidney Poitier. [NYP] Prepare for yet another food festival, this one care of Food Network. [NYP] Another bar in the Lower Eastpacking District [NYP] Wagyu import restrictions have eased; Cuozzo explores the "mouth-filling, artery-busting glory" of it all. [NYP] Dos Caminos, numero tres. [NYP]