New York, NY 10003
Hours: Mon-Fri noon-2pm and 6pm-10:30pm; Sat 6pm-10:30pm; Sun closed
A destination for the sushi purist, 15 East echoes the gently understated personality of Chef Masato Shimizu, with its frills-free, elegantly unadorned interior. A 2007 Rising Star, Chef Masato apprenticed in Tokyo’s acclaimed Sukeroku for seven years, spending four years at Jewel Bako in New York before opening up 15 East with Marco Moreira. Chef Masato has an intimate and encyclopedic knowledge of fish, from its origins to its best purveyors and finally, to the best preparation for each individual species and cut. A menu of excellent Japanese dishes is available, but the reason to visit is the extraordinary treatment of fish, as in the 20 minute salt massage Chef Masato administers to octopi before a prolonged, gentle poaching.