15 East is essentially an simple and elegant Japanese restaurant. Its located on a side-street near Union Square and its location actually enhances its ambiance as it does make you feel more secluded from the craziness of Union Square. Upon arrival, you’ll walk through 15 East’s small but pretty sushi bar which seats around 12 people. Their dining room is one of the best features of this restaurant as its simple and charming. 15 East takes a small room and adds only 4 grand light fixtures and enough seating to fit about 50 people, and turns it into a chic and elegant place to dine. The staff is attentive and welcoming as well as courteous. The sushi menu, though expensive, contains a wide range of fish and will please any hardcore sushi fan’s needs. But 15 East doesn’t slack in the non-sushi portion as the entrees are just as exciting as their Toro. Their sushi melts like butter (I highly recommend the yellowtail and toro) and the duck was simple, yet flavorful. Can you get better sushi else where, maybe, but it would be difficult. Sushi Seki on 1st ave is the only contender I can think of; but if its good Japanese food you seek in an elegant and chic environment, and you’re willing to pay a bit extra, then 15 East is the place to go!