Went to 15 East last night. Sat at the sushi bar, had the omakase sushi.
While the fish was really great, this was a decidedly lame experience overall.
First, other sushi joints in the same price range (Bako), serve you a soup, salad, amuse, and dessert along with the omakase. @ 15 East, there is just the fish.
Also, the pieces were served in such rapid succession that we actually finished the omakase within 30 mintues. This has to set a new land speed record for trying to push people off the sushi bar. There was hardly enough time to eat a sliver of pickled ginger between courses.
Moreover, when I asked the sushi chef to "just keep feeding me fish" after I had finished the 10 piece omakase, he proceeded to serve me two pieces that I already had. I would have assumed that there were other options that he could have chosen for me. He did however, after we were totally done eating, give us a free taste of some fresh salmon roe, which was truly extraordinary, and was a nice thing to do.
While the fish was good/great here, and the sushi preparations are good, for the price (230 including tax/tip and a half carafe of sushi), you can go many other places and have fish that is just as good and have a much much nicer overall dining experience.
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003
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