Uni. To Satisfy that Craving.

Thursday, April 19, 2012 9comments No tags Permalink 0

I was at home working on a magazine article. When suddenly. The uni craving hit (again). Was there time? It was 1pm, and I had a 2pm appointment in Union Square.

I’m no genius but I know if you want something badly enough, there is always time.

So. Throw on a jumpsuit, a pair of heels. And 10 minutes later I’m at the doors of 15 East. I love this place.

A solo seat at the sushi bar with Masato. Bring on the uni.

There was uni from Maine…

…uni from Santa Barbara…

…and the precious Hokkaido uni. One of the most satisfying meals I’ve had in
months. Masato said, come back in two weeks, we will have uni from

Goodness. Another repeat of all three uni…

then the lunch omakase. I’m a huge advocate of

There was at least a dozen and
in my sushi haze I did not capture photos of them all.

The sakuramasu
(cherry salmon) and kasugo (baby red snapper) were both new to me,
though classics like unagi, tai, sea scallops, hamachi, sweet shrimp,

…and this scallion-toro roll are always irresistible.

Finish with tamago. No time for dessert but this was surely the best
hour of the day.

As I left, Masato offered me a piece of paper with all
his favorite spots in Japan.

A place for tofu, many places for
sushi, one for unagi, a few for kaiseki and oden, and even one for
Italian (!) I think it’s time to plan another vacation…

15 East
15 East 15th Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 647-0015

  • Steph S.
    April 20, 2012

    Kathy, would it be possible to share that list? :) I love Japan and plan to go back to visit in the winter… It would be so wonderful to have some extra recommendations handy.

  • anonymous
    April 20, 2012

    I never thought about differences in the source of the Uni. Could you elaborate a bit?Alan

  • geelove
    April 20, 2012

    Would you mind sharing that list, please? :) Also, were the lone pieces really that huge?

  • Lauren
    April 20, 2012

    You did this in an hour? By yourself?? I'm so impressed. I want to try a solo omakase now.

  • Krizia
    April 20, 2012

    So lovely to see that uni texture. It's mouthwatering for the eyes :) Let's go on a date to 15 East in a couple weeks!

  • anonymous
    April 21, 2012

    That Uni looks incredible! Would love to see some of the places on his list if you wouldn't mind.

  • anonymous
    April 21, 2012

    do you ever worry about eating too much raw fish, like mercury buildup etc? it seems you eat it quite often.

  • Kathy YL Chan
    April 21, 2012

    Hi everyone! For those who'd like a copy of the list, just email me at: kathyylchan at gmail, I'd be happy to send you a copy :)Alan – good question! Here's a basic breakdown (as well as price/piece at 15 East):Maine ($6) – the type of uni that's often used for prepared dishes (love making uni spaghetti with it!) Because the flavors are not as vibrant as Santa Barbara and Hokkaido, it's my least favorite for eating as sushi/sashimi style. Santa Barbara ($8) – the sweetest of the three and most commonly used at good sushi bars. (Yanagi in Honolulu always has good SB uni available :)Hokkaiko ($12) – the most coveted and "rare." very briny, deeper, more nuanced flavors.Krizia – yes we are on for a date for sure!! :)

  • Krizia
    May 19, 2012

    Kathy, did you ever go back for the Kyushu uni? Let's make this date happen! I'm leaving for Rome in a couple weeks, then LA and Hawaii. I'll email you :) We can celebrate the magazine launch (or use whatever excuse we have ;)

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