Bert and Ernie? Fergie and the weird looking dude from the Black Eyed Peas. Sorry, just thinking of a few disguises for all the bank robberies we're going to have to pull off to keep eating at 15 East. Maybe we'll do the Hamburglar and Grimace. They'll call us the "Fast Food Bandits" and we'll take down a few Burger Kings just to make sure the name sticks.
We've talked about the three tiers of sushi restaurants in New York, and this is most definitely a Tier One sushi establishment. It's upscale, it's expensive, and it's good enough for me to consider earning a criminal record for. Why is it worth all that? Well to start, the fish is incredibly good. Everything is fresh and authentic, and will make you realize why people freak out over things like fresh uni and toro. It's also a pleasant environment for a meal - a good option for a date or a business meeting...which can't be said for many of the other elite sushi restaurants in town. Here's the thing though - if you are dining for either of those reasons, make sure you go with people that want to get down on a serious sushi experience. If you're bringing someone that's going to ask for the spicy mayo, skip 15 East and go somewhere cheaper. That ain't this how this place gets down, and you shouldn't drop a car payment on somebody who would be just as happy with a mango tempura jalapeño red dragon roll.
This is definitely the way to go at 15 East, and you do it at the sushi bar. Ordering omakase at the table takes the fun out of it, and you miss the presentation and description...a plate simply arrives. Things that stood out to us? The toro was incredible, as were the two types of fresh uni. The mackerel was surprisingly good (usually not a fan), and the fluke was also fantastic. The scallop and salmon are both things that we typically don't love, but did this time. I guess it's all about doing it right.
A signature dish at 15 East, this is probably the most tender octopus you will ever eat. It's poached in sake, sliced, and served with sea salt. So good.
A stone bowl full of delicious noodles in a cold broth. We add caviar, because we're ballers.
My number one favorite oyster, and 15 East does them right and serves them with a sweet yet delicate ponzu sauce to accompany.