15 East is owned by the same team as French restaurant, Tocqueville, which is located just a few doors down from 15 East.
While Tocqueville serves French-influenced New American cuisine, 15 East serves contemporary Japanese food. There is 9 seated simple yet elegant sushi counter, and Masato Shimizu, who came from Jewel Bako offer the best quality Sushi using not only from Tsukiji market from Japan, but adding some local ingredients to his menu.
Here, nobody order California roll thank god. Half of their guests are not Japanese, and most of them have a great knowledge about Japanese cuisine, and are open to try anything.
I often hear people saying “I would like to have OMAKASE“… yes, Omakase. Omakase = chef’s tasting menu become a global word in United States, especially metropolitan cities like NY.
Sea urchin from Santa Barbara was one of OMAKASE.. Extremely fresh sea urchin melts in your mouth with rich and sweet flavor. And non-Japanese guest are also enjoying this flavor and of course this presentation.
The other night, Masato educated us about the difference of following three words at Japanese culinary world.
“OKIMARI” = A set menu. Often seen “Matsu” “Take” or “Ume” course depending
on pricing. OKIMARI is done deal menu, so you can not select NETA=ingredients that chef choose.
“OMAKASE” = A tasting menu that chef selected. Much expensive than OKIMARI, but there is a set price for tasting menu. For instance, 15 East’s OMAKASE is $140 per person.
“OKONOMI” = This is the most expensive way to order. You order what you want to eat. So basically OKONOMI is “a La Carte” menu order.
I would suggest ordering OMAKASE at 15 East, and lunch is offered with much more affordable price of $75. Enjoy seasonal fish from Tsukiji market and local fresh ingredients.
15 E 15th St # B