15 East Restaurant dishes out elegant plates of the freshest fish in a lovely, understated space. The menu boasts creative cooked dishes, like steaming bowls of homemade hand-cut soba noodles; rich squid ink risotto; and smoked magret duck with hojicha tea. But it’s the sushi that will bring you back for more. Sit at the bar and let Chef Masato Shimizu surprise you with a procession of sushi. The chef is even known to pull out his book of fish, explaining to patrons exactly what they’re eating. The slow-poached octopus, sprinkled with sea salt, might be one of the most savory items to come out of any kitchen in New York.