Omakase: no-menu sushi - New York News

Omakase: no-menu sushi

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

When you sit down at the sushi bar at 15 East in Union Square there's one thing you won't find: a menu. That's because the chef's decide what you'll be eating. It's called omakase, a Japanese phrase that means "I'll leave it to you." Basically, it means the chef decides what's for dinner.

"Omakase means like the customer trusts the chef," Chef Masato Shimizu said. "And maybe kind of surprise, exciting."

Shimizu is the executive chef at 15 East. Night after night, he creates several innovative courses made of all kinds of fish, everything from tuna to octopus.

"Our octopus is very soft... very tender," he said.

This Michelin-starred restaurant has just nine sushi bar seats. Reservations for them are taken weeks in advance. The omakase menu starts at $120 per person.

Peter Stern has had it dozens of times.

"You're going to eat sushi, and the chef knows what is best," Stern said. "So why not let him choose?"

Daniel Gritzer from Food and Wine magazine said omakase menus are not necessarily a new idea but they're growing in popularity.

At a lot of these omkase restaurants because it is a chef's table there are very few seats so especially when demand is high is really hard to get it in," he said.

Like New York Sushi Ko, an intimate spot that opened six months ago on the Lower East Side.

"We only have 10 seats here," Chef John Daley said. "I like to create an intimate experience between the diner and myself. I can talk to everybody in the room."

Chef John Daley's restaurant has no a la carte menu. He dreams up the menu every day.

"If you're willing to participate in an omakase dining experience you are willing to put your trust, your evening in the chef's hands," he said.

That being said omakase may not be for everyone. But some say the element of surprise only adds to the meal. So if you're in the mood to take an adventure without ever leaving the sushi bar omakase may be for you.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • 'Here Lies Love'

    'Here Lies Love'

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:33 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:33:22 GMT
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
    "Here Lies Love" tells the rise and fall of former Philippines first lady Imelda Marcos. History meets disco literally as the story is told in a nightclub.Ruthie Ann Miles plays Marcos. Miles admits a big challenge is bringing to life a woman with views vastly different from her own and giving that to show-goers. "As an actor you believe in yourself," Miles says. "You need to be your own best friend, your own biggest supporter so that the audience can come on a journey with you."
  • Startups flock to NY TechDay

    Startups flock to NY TechDay

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:40:26 GMT
    NY TechDay is where the hottest new startups come every year. More than 400 of them from all different countries come to check out the NYC tech scene. Our first stop at Pier 92 was Rent Hackr, a website with renter generated data to help apartment hunters. Then we checked out Karma, a portable Wi-Fi device that lets you share hot spots with friends.
    NY TechDay is where the hottest new startups come every year. More than 400 of them from all different countries come to check out the NYC tech scene. Our first stop at Pier 92 was Rent Hackr, a website with renter generated data to help apartment hunters. Then we checked out Karma, a portable Wi-Fi device that lets you share hot spots with friends.
  • PETA protests Central Park horse-drawn carriages

    PETA protests Central Park horse-drawn carriages

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:08 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:08:12 GMT
    Chanting the mayor's name in appreciation, some 50 demonstrators protested horse-drawn carriages in the city on Thursday. The protest was organized by PETA and NYCLASS after a horse fell on the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street Wednesday. The protestors said the horse was spooked by a bus and cited witness accounts who shot some video. The horse that fell is 15-year-old Spartacus.
    Chanting the mayor's name in appreciation, some 50 demonstrators protested horse-drawn carriages in the city on Thursday. The protest was organized by PETA and NYCLASS after a horse fell on the corner of 5th Avenue and 59th Street Wednesday. The protestors said the horse was spooked by a bus and cited witness accounts who shot some video. The horse that fell is 15-year-old Spartacus.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices