15 East

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ever since I was born, I've been fortunate to have gone to NYC almost every year because my dad's family lives there (in Chinatown, of course). But as a child, I never thought of it as anything special. In fact, I hated going there in the summer because it was so hot and humid. Whenever I walked around in Chinatown, I had to avoid the water dripping from A/C units sitting in the windows above. I hated going there in the winter because it was freezing cold to the point where I didn't want to take my baths, because who likes the feeling of cold air on their skin? I just knew it as the land of many people, tall buildings, pigeons, hustle and bustle, colorful and cute Asian merchandise, subway stations, and cheap food.

Now wait. Cheap food? It wasn't until many years later that I realized my family only ate in Chinatown because, yes, the food there is so darn cheap but oh so delicious, and being an Asian family, we basically never ate outside Chinatown because once you leave the holy land of Cantonese goodness, the food prices skyrocket. Basically.

These past two visits to New York were lucky for me in that I wasn't with my parents who had the final say in where to eat (they're the ones paying after all). So without the parents, I was so excited to try what they say as "exception food in New York City".

For this visit, unfortunately it was only a day trip since Jon and my place to crash was in New Jersey with friends. We went on probably one of the worst days possible - the Saturday after Christmas. Most of our sketched out plans didn't fall through so I was pretty disappointed and I hadn't been able to eat all day. What kept my spirits up was dinner at a sushi place called 15 East.

I knew about the world of exceptional sushi when I heard of a documentary entitled "Jiro's Dream" a few years ago but I never watched it until a few months ago. If you are a sushi lover or seek for beautiful cinematographic films like I do, then I promise you won't be disappointed in the documentary! (99% on Rotten Tomatoes, 7.9/10 on IMDb. Can't beat that.) Long story short, we were going to eat at Sushi Nakazawa, a new restaurant opened by Jiro's 10 year apprentice, but ended up going with 15 East.

Hokkaido Uni

All I can say is, yes, everything about the meal was worth it and beyond. For example, I don't like to eat large salmon roe because they're so salty. But the ones here were surprisingly light, sweet, and slightly tangy. And the uni (sea urchin)... I've only had it once before when I was in Taiwan because it's something hard to find in typical sushi places I guess because it's a delicacy and must be eaten fresh. It was ok when I had it in Taiwan, not my favorite. But somehow, even though the uni I ordered was from Hokkaido, Japan, it was so creamy and delicious and not salty at all.


Both of us ordered the Sashimi Omasake. It might not look special in the picture, but I promise it was THE best and most memorable food I've ever tasted.

As for everything else, very worth it! The only thing I wasn't fond of was one that was a charred sashimi that they served because the smokey flavor was overpowering.

The sushi chefs, hard at work

I have decided that my life goal is to eat at every Michelin star restaurant in NYC. My next stop is Eleven Madison Park! It was the original restaurant I wanted to eat at but Jon didn't want to :( . We were going to eat at a small French restaurant for lunch, since I've never had French food, but that didn't happen...

P.S. Hopefully you didn't mind such a wordy post, and I apologize for the poor quality photos. All but the last photo were taken with an iPhone because I didn't want to attract attention with my DSLR.

Have a great week!

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  1. So lovely ~

    恵美より ♥

  2. omg so yum! i want to move to nyc for the food, the art, the shopping places, and the schools. :P