15 East has a pretty good lunch deal. $29 for a 3 course prix fixe. On this visit, the first course was a choice of (1) home-made tofu served with ginger soy, (2) market greens with figs or (3) chilled summer corn soup. Of course, I picked the corn soup – I love chilled soups and I love corn, really no other choice for me. It was a very small portion, but the deliciousness more than makes up for the diminutive portion size, it was like eating corn off the cob in liquid form.
Second course was a choice of (1) cold soba with shrimp tempura, (2) abalone risotto or (3) chef’s selection of sushi, 4 pieces and 1 roll. All options sounded equally good, but today I was craving sushi. I love that 15 East doesn’t dumb down the sushi selection and give tuna, salmon, etc. Today, I got a negi toro roll, arctic char, snapper, yellowtail and scallop. 15 East has very high quality fish and a great selection. Their sushi rice is quite good, I can’t say it’s as good as Sushi Yasuda but it is better than most places in the city.
And I can’t leave 15 East without a few pieces of uni… 15 East had 4 types of uni on the menu today, from Chile, Santa Barbara, Hokkaido and Kyushu. The uni pictured on the left is from Kyushu and the more orange-y one on the right is from Hokkaido. The Hokkaido uni is more creamy, but the Kyushu uni had the more intense ocean taste of the two. Both = sooooo good!
The final course – any dessert off the menu. I had the Mineoka Tofu, a scoop of home-made milk tofu in kuromitsu syrup. Yum! (Not photographed as tofu generally looks like a giant white blob with my poor iPhone photography skills)
- 15 East – 15 East 15th Street – 212.674.0015