15 East is a Union Square sushi joint that's doling out some of the best omakase in the city. Specialties like ice-cured wild sea bass are prepared minimally so all the different flavors and textures can shine in all unadulterated glory. The Michelin-starred Japanese eatery also augments its super-fresh ingredients with seasonal produce from the Union Square Market. Sushi bars were made for solo dining and of course your favorite local joint will do, but if you want to up your game, reserve a seat at 15 East’s nine-seat sushi counter and let the magic begin. Order à la carte, or omakase -- $65 for 10 pieces of sushi or sashimi -- and enjoy a personalized tasting from newly appointed Chef Noriyuki Takahashi. Don't be surprised if famed chefs like Jean-Georges Vongerichten are sitting next to you.