Ok so I have not been to Masa yet... But I did have a meal at the chef's table at 15 East. My husband and I chose this place based on comments made by a chowhound user named "Lau" who also has a website where he writes food reviews called Lauhound.com. I must say that his recommendation and comments regarding this place (and many others on his website) were spot on. Tonight the chef, I think his name was Masato, let us try four different types of tuna, 3 different types of uni, including one type from Maine that was super briny and nothing like regular uni I've had from Japan (sooo good!). His house special is the anago, which I thought was just as good as the one I had at Yasuda a while ago. I had 16 pieces while my husband had about 18. Plus two appetizers that the chef chose for us. Plus a carafe of sake and one more glass at the end to complement the desert (it was so dark it looked like sherry). The desert was comped thanks to Masato. Bill came out to $376. I thought it would be much more expensive given the caliber of the food, but as it turned out the actual omakase (not including the extra pieces we had) was only something like $55 per person.
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003