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15 E. 15th St., New York, NY, 10003
nr. Union Sq. West
By WandaTK on 8/22/2007
this place has gotten great writeups for food and the chef is Someone but at the $$$$ price the service is unforgiveable. we made an 845 reservation, sat down maybe 20 minutes later and were told at 1030, before our entrees had even arrived, that the kitchen was closing. at almost $200 per head, the kitchen shouldn't close till we're done. it was impossible to get drinks, had to ask several times and they kept forgetting, and the menu wasn't really laid out to be able to go on a fish oddessy, the way we'd wanted. one friend asked if she could have the chef's choice but request an interesting/adventurous option, but nope. at this point a first rate server would have stepped in and made some suggestions but ours (we had several during the course of the night) didn't even seem to know where they worked. food was good but experience was not!
By andrieya on 11/7/2007
Just found this joint. Had the tasting menu and everything I ate was amazingly fresh and well presented. The service was the best I've had anywhere in a long time. Sit at the sushi bar! I definitely recommend this spot for sushi lovers and will be going back very soon.
Beware of the Seat Nazi!
By martyamis on 11/13/2008
Made a reservation at the sushi bar for two at 7 on a Thursday. On arrival, however, accosted by a character we've taken to referring to as the "Seat Nazi," one of those gatekeeper types living in their own private Le Cirque circa 1990. Though the place was empty, the Seat Nazi practically ordered us to the narrow end of the bar up against a wall. Asked to switch seats so we could actually move our elbows and view the fish, but brusquely told the rest were Ã‚Â“all reserved"Ã‚Â—a patent lie since some were unoccupied an hour later. A creepy start to what turned out to be a surprisingly good dining experienceÃ‚Â—thanks to the intervention of the sushi chef, who sensibly allowed us to choose our own seats. To the fish and the chef's skills, high marks. Pretty authentic without a lot of Nobu-style Vegafication that passes for high-end sushi today. Fresh fish and nuanced take on the straightforward preparation I'm accustomed to from travelling in Asia. The wait staff was professional. Good price to value experience overall. A solid establishment unfortunately marred by the clueless attitudinizing of its maitre d'.
By alicia188 on 11/19/2008
The best was the tofu dish. It was like the best of the buffalo mozarella but in the japanese version. Divine
By joa123 on 12/19/2008
The food took forever to come. When we asked how come the food is taking such a long time, the waiter replied snobbishly that this is fine dining here, as if we are country bumpkins going out for the first time. Over the course of the evening, the waiter's attitude got worse. The food was good but the rudeness of the waiter had dampened our evening.
Amazing fish, service stinks
By Sueco on 2/2/2009
Perhaps one of the best sashimi meals I've ever eaten, but the attitude of the head waiter was unpleasant and frankly obnoxious. He repeatedly asked why we - a party of twelve - chose to eat at 15 East, implying that we were unable to appreciate the "traditional Japanese" style 15 East represents. He made everything - from ordering wine to asking that they fix the incorrect orders that showed up - feel like we were an inconvenience for him personally. At those prices I expect better service (and that's not even mentioning the slow service ...) That said, the meal IS different than what you might expect at a place like Nobu (which is more fusion oriented) - excellent pieces of fish. If it hadn't been for the waiter we'd likely come back, but as it stands there are enough high-end sushi restaurants in NYC that I'll go someplace else first.
Too little food for too much money
By KiraNYC on 9/17/2009
My husband and I ordered two appetizers and two main courses, which is normally enough for us, and a bottle of wine. The bill was $160 + tip. The amount itself was not a problem for us, but the problem was for that price we expected to be full! The food was good but the portions were miniscule, it was a joke. The main courses should be labeled as "tapas" instead. We felt it was a rip off. After we left the restaurant, we went for pizza to satisfy our hunger.
By wallystump on 2/18/2010
Just about perfect...
By MrFelps88 on 5/2/2010
Wow, this place is amazing. I went here two weeks ago with my fiance after doing some hefty research online, and we were surprised to find it even better than what the reviews had prepped us for. The fish was unbelievably fresh, the service was excellent, and the flavors of everything we had were immaculate. Definitely try to the slow-poached octopus appetizer, the tuna tar tare (the slices of raw tuna on top of the tar tare were probably the best, most tender pieces of tuna I've ever had), and the needle fish. The space well decorated but small (I believe only 13 tables), so it's perfect for a group of four or less. Our server was fantastic and even gave us two free glasses of champagne at the end of our meal. And speaking of drinks, their Sake list has to be one of the best in the city. Only possible complaint would be that the sushi pieces are small, but just order more! We'll definitely go back.
Four times a year
By Kim715 on 5/26/2010
I went the second time a day I had a disappointment at another sushi restaurant in mid-town. The whole experience was different- I did sit at the sushi bar at both places. Sushi was excellent. I did a la carte/omakase which is basically asking the chef what's fresh and what his recommendation was for that day, may be I mentioned 5-7. He filled in the gap and told me how do I feel after about 10 sushi. I was full physically, but I wanted to eat more of the freshest sushi I had in NY. Based on what I like he made some recommendations. The anago at the end of the dessert was devine!! I'll have to go back at least 4 times a year. I won't have sushi anywhere else, it's that good!! And you get to eat things that you won't at many sushi restaurant. Interesting how they have non- Japanese clients considering the quality. From the first time I went, definitely noticed the increase in the Asian clientele. I'm not Japanese but I spent about 20 years in Japan and I am picky!!!
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