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Looking for excellent Omakase - Already done 15 East

sweatshorts Dec 9, 2012 03:56 PM

A friend of mine is visiting this week - when he was in town over the summer we sat at the bar at 15 East and did the tasting menu and we were both blown away. We're looking for a similarly excellent experience in the same price range (~$100/person for food), Should we just go back to 15 East? Should we try Neta? Ushiwakamaru?

Who's serving excellent omakase at a reasonable price right now? Manhattan preferred.

Also, there will be three of us in the party this time. Can three people sit at a sushi bar? Do different restaurants have different policies on this?

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    gwh912 RE: sweatshorts Dec 9, 2012 07:54 PM

    still believe 15 East is the best.

    Ichimura (within Brushstroke) may be your next best bet.

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      sweatshorts RE: gwh912 Dec 9, 2012 08:21 PM

      I was also looking at that. Their website says it "starts at $150". Any idea what it actually runs?

    2. sparkerly RE: sweatshorts Dec 9, 2012 09:08 PM

      Azabu is delicious.

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        calf RE: sweatshorts Dec 9, 2012 09:25 PM

        I'm curious, what was on the 15 East tasting menu? And for the sushi component, did you go order or receive anything beyond the base 10 pieces? I'm thinking of going again, but debating whether to do the set tasting menu or not.

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          Cheeryvisage RE: calf Dec 10, 2012 06:46 AM

          Here's an omakase meal I had a few months ago at 15 East: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjAMmHLy

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            sweatshorts RE: Cheeryvisage Dec 10, 2012 07:34 AM

            This is virtually the exact meal that we had. I didn't take any photos or notes, but this is very very similar.

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            sweatshorts RE: calf Dec 10, 2012 07:34 AM

            We didn't order or receive anything beyond the base 10 pieces. I think this week we might skip the tasting menu and do sushi only. I definitely preferred the sushi to the kitchen dishes.

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              kathryn RE: sweatshorts Dec 10, 2012 08:12 AM

              Ah, that makes more sense now -- I think most people replying here are assuming when you wrote "omakase" that you meant "nigiri sushi omakase." Not a chef's tasting menu.

              If you want to do a nigiri sushi only experience, you can do that at Ichimura, Ushiwakamaru, and Sushi Azabu. But not Kyo Ya, which is a kaiseki restaurant, and serves sashimi and box pressed sushi but not nigiri.

              Also many people don't think Soto's strength is in their nigiri sushi, but rather than composed small plates.

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                sweatshorts RE: kathryn Dec 10, 2012 08:46 AM

                Thank you for the info. I'm familiar with all of this, but am still sort of new to it. Our meal at 15 East last time was a spur of the moment thing.

                Does 15 East not do nigiri only omakase?

                1. re: sweatshorts
                  Cheeryvisage RE: sweatshorts Dec 10, 2012 08:47 AM

                  I think they'll do anything you want. Just tell them you want a nigiri only omakase and they'll give you that.

                2. re: kathryn
                  sgordon RE: kathryn Dec 10, 2012 09:13 AM

                  Agreed on Soto - their small plates from the kitchen and bar are far better than what you'd get in an omakase. You'd be better off just taking the cost of an omakase and picking things out that looked appealing to you until you hit the same price. You'd have a fantastic meal, more than likely, it just wouldn't be the "chef's choice" meal.

                  Actually, I could say the same about a number of places where the omakase isn't just a sushi / sashimi one, but more like a chef's menu. For some reason I find that in Japanese restaurants - Kyo Ya being an exception, where the kaiseki contains a number of non-menu items - the chef's choices are less than exciting.

            2. beaulieu RE: sweatshorts Dec 10, 2012 03:41 AM

              Kyo Ya.

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                sushiman RE: sweatshorts Dec 10, 2012 06:15 AM

                Ichimura if you can get seats.

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                  kathryn RE: sweatshorts Dec 10, 2012 06:27 AM

                  I've done Ushi with three, book ASAP. It's not very big.

                  Actually for any of these, book ASAP, since you want to dine this week (Fri? Sat?).

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                    sweatshorts RE: kathryn Dec 10, 2012 07:32 AM

                    We're hoping to dine on Thursday night, but we're ok with Tuesday or Wednesday if necessary. And yes, I know I'm a little late in planning this. It's hard to get my friends to respond to emails sometimes!

                  2. sgordon RE: sweatshorts Dec 10, 2012 06:48 AM

                    +1 for the kaiseki at Kyo Ya. Transporting experience.

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