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$50 per person at 15 East possible?

My parents are footing the bill, but I still prefer it not get crazy expensive. Also, we are unlikely to drink so I'm only asking about food price. Can we get away with $50 each or are there other recommendations for places that have both good sushi and good cooked dishes (my dad doesn't like sushi).

I looked at the 15 East menu, and it seems if my dad gets a cooked dish and my mom and I get 10-12 pieces of sushi each that's already averaging about $50 without even getting any appetizers--which seems like a shame to miss. And is 10-12 pieces too much or too little for an average appetite, I have no idea?

Or what about Sakagura? I have been before and there are a lot of cooked items my dad would eat, but I've never tried their sushi...is it any good?

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15 East
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Sakagura
211 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

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  1. It depends. I would say your father could come out satisfied for $50 (food only, not including tax) depending what he ordered - thing is, entrees range from $25 - $50 there, give or take. Get one of the lower priced ones, that leaves room for an appetizer.

    For sushi, I dunno. There's a ten piece Omakase for $55. I know ten pieces wouldn't leave me satisfied. I think the lowest priced a la carte offerings are $4 each, so that's still only 12 piece even you went cheap(-ish) ALC.

    So I guess, no 15 East isn't a place you can really experience for $50. Not at dinner, at least. At lunch there's a three-course prix fixe for $29. Don't know what's on it, though, never had it.

    At least in terms of the sushi pricing, you're going to find pretty much the same thing at any of the higher-end sushi places.

    Kanoyama has some pretty good deals - there's a "Chef's Special" (10 sushi + a California Roll, which would be a fine entree size) for, like $28 or so. Also a "Sashimi Deluxe" which has 18 pieces of fish (no rice) for around the same price. Both leave you room for appetizers, of which they've got some good ones.

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    15 East
    15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    Kanoyama
    175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: sgordon

      Apparently 15 East's prix fixe lunch changes daily. Here's one meal from earlier this year:
      http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2011/0...

      At Kanoyama I think the $34 "Sushi Omakase" set is higher quality than the Chef's Special or other sets. 8 pieces of nigiri, 1 roll, and I believe a choice of soup or salad.

      Yuba may work as well, if you order carefully. They have a 12 piece nigiri set ($55):
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/778256

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      15 East
      15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      Kanoyama
      175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

      Yuba
      105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    2. While lacking some atmosphere, I go to hatsuhana (on 48th) when I want good sushi on a "budget"
      You could get the prix fixe dinner for less than $30 per person and supplement it with additional sushi (but Id call and check that they still have it and if its possible to order extra a la carte pieces)
      The cooked dishes are perfectly acceptable although limited. Perhaps a bunch of the appetizers would work.

      The "pick ten" is one of the best values in town IMHO.

      http://www.hatsuhana.com/wp-content/t...

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      Hatsuhana
      17 E 48th St, New York, NY 10017

      1. if you want sushi 50 dollars at 15 East will not fill you up, unless you have a very very small appetite.

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        15 East
        15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: daffyduck

          I think Yuba would be a good choice, I believe they're offering 20% off their whole menu and would help with fitting under the budget.

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          Yuba
          105 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

        2. FWIW my favorite moderately priced sushi place is Sushi Seki. They also have cooked items. Ive only tried two cooked items from their menu but I liked them both. If you go do not miss the spicy scallop handroll!

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          1. re: daffyduck

            I don't find Seki moderately priced...

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

              none of the cooked entrees are above 22 dollars. i've filled up from the sashimi deluxe which comes with rice and that's only 25 dollars. It's not cheap but I think it's much easier to do 50 a person and leave satisfied (full) than it is at 15 East, especially since the OP and her mom are ordering sushi.

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              15 East
              15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: daffyduck

                I've never spent less than $100+ per person for dinner at Seki. But then again, I sit at the bar and leave myself in the chef's hands...

                1. re: gutsofsteel

                  I've never done omakase before, I guess because I'd prefer someone else pay for that! And not my parents because then I'd feel guilty over it not being something they also wanted badly enough. Someday!

                  1. re: NancyC

                    If you really want omakase, consider Nori Sushi on 2nd Ave and Saint Mark's. It's not fancy but the sushi is excellent. They also have cooked dishes and interesting daily specials. I didn't see omakase on their website, but I think it's about $34.
                    http://www.norinyc.com/index.html

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                    Nori
                    129 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: hungrycomposer

                      Nori's "omakase" sushi is just a nigiri set, not true omakase. It's in the appetizers section of the menu.

                    2. re: NancyC

                      Sorry, I didn't know the OP wanted an omakase. When I recommended Seki I was thinking more about ordering sushi and cooked items off the menu not an omakase.

                      1. re: daffyduck

                        I didn't want omakase, you were right. I am still on the fence because I am getting thrown by Yelp reviews of all these various places. Even the ones with mostly good reviews have a decent amount of reviews along the lines of "WTF IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE THIS PLACE SUX".

            2. I'd have to say, no. For $150 for three you'd be better off not attempting to go to what is in reality a high-end Japanese restaurant. The best omekase there is $250 PP. Imagine what you'll get for 1/5th of that.