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15 East @ the bar; advice?

I've seen a few figures bandied about here, and wondered if the $140 omakase was "standard" at 15 East's sushi bar. Or, might it be best to just tell the chef what I wanted to spend (the way I would've done it at my old Boston fave, Tatsukichi)? I would enjoy trying some, or at least a couple, of the kitchen's cooked/prepared dishes but am unsure if any would come as part of the "$140 omakase" that I'm not even sure exists (it doesn't appear on the website's pdf menu, but...). Any leads/guidance would be appreciated.

(My initial plan to have dinner @ The Modern was 86'd, if anyone's confused by the "double dip posting" - my apologies)

Cheers! -b.

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  1. Oh, and I'd like to keep the tab in that general vicinity ($140-$160 pre-tax, tip). Tx, B.

    1. The $140 Chef's Omakase includes cooked dishes. Fooder's review on his solo dinner there should give you a very good idea of what to expect: http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot...

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      1. re: Cheeryvisage

        Any idea if that was the $140 set, based on your experience? It looks amazing!

        1. re: BrettLove

          Yes, that should have been the $140 omakase. Basically, ask for some cooked dishes as well and you'll get something similar to that.

          The meal I had in December (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829717) was the $140 omakase plus the Ise Ebi lobster sashimi.

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            Oh, I'd seen that review, but didn't mentally associate it with you. Sorry, I'm usually better at noticing/remembering stuff like that!

            1. re: BrettLove

              Heh, yeah, I joined Fooder for that meal too. He did the write-up, I took the photos. :)

        2. My experience is based on lunch but I think you can just ask them to customize it for you. I did the $140 omakase twice for lunch recently. The first time it was about 30 pieces of sushi and a negitoro roll. There was also a half portion of the tako appetizer and a radish soup with bean curd sheets in it. The second time it was just the sushi and the roll. There would have been more sushi but he ran out of fish to let me try.

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          1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

            Wow! It's been a long time since I've had "high grade" sushi, and I'm really psyched about this.

              1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                I agree with SRI.

                Most places will allow you to customize as long as your price range is at or above the base omakase price. At some places, such as sushi seki, they have their standard progression, and your additional $$ will go toward some extra pieces at the end.

                1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                  Ha! I saw that mentioned somewhere, and was like "I've GOT to try that!" - I'm very much NOT a pix-taker, but I will try to whip out the cell-cam & "bust a flick" of that for you, UHockey!

                  Despite my better efforts, my posts/replies don't fall into order as I intend them to - that was a reply to "Rice Pudding Tempura" from UHockey, and the confusion over Fooder's/Cheery's identities "had me twisted"!

                2. Order the rice pudding tempura a la mode, please. Then take a picture. This dish alone makes me very curious about 15 East. :-)

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                  1. And, in retrospect, [at "my old sushi place"] a waitress would discuss the higher-end sushi offerings du jour, along with prices & items from the "Japanese language specials list" (and their prices) that they kept on a handwritten list with regulars/Japanese diners; I/we'd never discuss money directly with the chef (or at least as best I can recall). -b.

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                    1. re: BrettLove

                      I've had some amazing sushi dinners here. If you don't mind spending a decent bit of money (e.g. $150-250 pp without alcohol), just tell the sushi chef you want to do a sushi/sashimi omakase and go from there. Throw in the cooked octopus and the fresh tofu at the beginning, they're both excellent. Always make sure to sample the different kind of Uni's, as well as the selection of more obscure fish if you like....however, the sushi chef will pretty much follow your lead.
                      When the sushi chef starts to ask if you're still hungry (it might be a while), that's pretty much when it starts being charged a la carte above the omakase price. I assume that's normal, but just be aware in case you are really hungry, and decide to do a couple of tastings of the three kinds of tuna or uni or similar, haha.

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                      1. re: streamwise

                        Streamwise, that's great advice! Alas, when all was said and done, I imagined my dinner at the sushi bar (at least the way I eat sushi) would ultimately run me in that $250 range you mentioned, and I (due to budget constraints) was "forced" into changing my dining plans in order to facilitate the rest of my excursion. I will do 15 East when I'm able to order with relatively wreckless abandon - I absolutely adore sushi, and I'd rather wait another couple of months (about the time it takes me to save up the $$$, unfortunately) & be able to get seconds of things I enjoy, as well as not have to "worry" so much about the tab. I ended up having lunch at Bouley, and did dinner at Aldea (due to exceptional, and fair, values respectively). I hope to write a (hopefully) brief post extolling the virtues of Bouley's luncheon "tasting" (with 3 choices for all but 1 course - the sorbet/intermezzo - it's more a prix-fixe, if you ask me) which blew me away, despite some minor execution issues (which, of course, I hope to detail in my post). Aldea would've also qualified in the "exceptional" value category, had I selected their dinner tasting, which apparently has been lowered to $80 for 5 courses (+ amuse). I went รก la carte, as the short rib entree (Sat.'s entree du jour) sort of annoys me on a tasting menu... I'll try to elaborate on that at some point as well!

                        UHockey: So sorry about no "rice pudding tempura" pics, I hope to "next time" (but also hope you get a chance to see it with your own eyes before then!).

                        Peace & warm regards!
                        B.