took a chance on 15 east last night, the new sushi restaurant in the old tocqueville space, and i'm still undecided on whether i'll return.
first the positives: the room is gorgeous. the sushi bar is in its own stark white room and the tables are in a room painted dark gray. this makes a very cool contrast when you walk in. the tables are solid wood, but maybe a little too big. for food, the sushi itself was delicious, rice nicely vinegared. they grate fresh wasabi for you at your table (a la the guacamole at rosa mexicano or something) and they pour their own soy sauce for you whenever you need it refilled. the chu toro was unbelievably buttery and the yellow clam was spectacular. oh, the hitarano (?) nest ginger beer was amazing.
now the negatives: first, this place is wildly expensive, borderline overpriced. $12 for miso soup? come on! i've never seen that before. the sushi/sashimi omakase which comes with maybe 8-10 pieces of sashimi, a miso soup, and 10 pieces or so of sushi is $75. i shared this with my fiance. we also had 3 additional sushi pieces. pieces will run anywhere between $5 and $12 or so. the real problem is the selection. there are only about 4 or so appetizers, no edamame or anything to snack on while you wait, and you will wait. we sat for about 20 minutes before anyone came over and then another 30 or so before our sashimi arrived. needless to say, service needs improving.
for two people, eating maybe 20 or so pieces of sushi and sashimi, two miso soups (included), 2 rolls (chu toro and yellowtail - note there are no rolls listed on the menu but they will make them for you), a beer and a tea, it came to about $75 pp without tax or tip, which would mean that 3 pieces of sushi, two rolls and a beer cost $75. that's a little ridiculous. i've eaten a lot better for a lot less at yasuda, which i would go to before returning here again. if i do return, it will be to sit at the sushi bar, which has 12 seats (6 of which are left unreserved) and looked very cool.