Pearl & Ash

Pearl & Ash

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
Lower East Side, New York
  • Stars
    The experts at Time Out New York and Epicurious recommend this place
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    • Epicurious
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  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissJune 24, 2014
    Every dish was amazing. Super trendy but more expensive than you'd think. Get the octopus, cod, salmon sashimi, lamb belly, flat iron steak, strawberry desert. Every plate looks farm-to-foraged.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousAugust 3, 2014
    Standouts include robust pork meatballs and spicy octopus, which Kuo marinates for 24 hours in a dry rub of Japanese togarashi chiles, slow-cooks in mirin until tender, and then fries until crisp. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupMay 29, 2014
    This trendy tapas spot is best known not only for its unique and delicious small plates, but an incredibly extensive and fairly priced wine list. Be sure to order the meatballs and lamb belly.
  • Risaheart icon on user image
    RisaJuly 20, 2013
    Literally everything was amazing... but if I HAD to choose, my fav bites were the sweetbreads & mussels. But if Marshall is your server, then eat/drink whatever he tells you. He won't steer you wrong!
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkAugust 5, 2014
    Pearl & Ash, our 2014 winner for Best Restaurant Bar Program, offers punk-rock wine with its creative dishes. Start with togarashi-rubbed octopus and finish with Fernet-Branca ice cream sandwiches.
  • @thirsty
    @thirstyJuly 8, 2016
    Known for its extensive wine list, Pearl & Ash boasts a large patio right on the Bowery plus the low ABV Lava Colada with housemade pickled pineapple purée, Cocchi Americano and fresh coconut milk.
  • Explora B.heart icon on user image
    Explora BANovember 26, 2014
    Fluke, hamachi, cod plates are fantastic. Pair with one of 1800 wines or an innovative negroni. All accompanied by a spot-on 80s soundtrack that tells me these guys understand their target clientele!
  • Diane Lucille S.heart icon on user image
    Diane Lucille SuarezNovember 21, 2015
    This place and good wine, great ambiance + lovely service. Good for some light snacks like cheese plate. Great meatballs but the seafood was atrocious, we ordered octopus, some sort of tartar. No mas
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListFebruary 27, 2013
    The place - Blond wood tables; navy suede benches; The food - raw and small plates like tea-cured salmon with goat cheese and seaweed, Quail over almond puree with pomegranate jelly and chicken skin Read more
  • Premshree P.
    Premshree PillaiDecember 5, 2013
    Mercifully located in a non-fratty stretch of LES. Wonderful small plates are great for sharing, and for a casual restaurant the wine selection is incredible with a lot of decent bottles under $50.
  • Roula H.heart icon on user image
    Roula HannaMarch 16, 2014
    Excellent restaurant. The scallop appetizer is absolutely delicious. Their music playlist is really fun and gives a good ambiance to the restaurant.
  • Christopher T.
    Christopher TaiJune 8, 2013
    This place is amazing. Start with the bread with chicken butter and you'll be in heaven. The pork meatballs with shiitake and bonito were amazing as was the quail wrapped in chicken skin!
  • Judith
    JudithApril 7, 2013
    Hanger, Octopus, Salmon, Duck Confit, Mussels, Quail, Flatiron, Brussel Sprouts, Potatoes, Coffee Cake w/ Lemon.. Just ate land & sea @PearlandAshNYC and every morsel was simply divine! #CulinaryBliss
  • The New Yorker M.
    "There are some earthy, straightforward meatballs, which make a nice starter, and an excellent classic skirt steak that is not overshadowed by its more exotic neighbors on the menu..." Read more
  • jessica m. h.
    Fernet-Branca Ice Cream Sandwich. Kuo bookends a block of Fernet-suffused ice cream (herbaceous & a hair shy of savory) w. 2 planks of soft, perforated chocolate cake & served wrapped in wax paper.
  • Gillian B.
    Gillian BenAryFebruary 23, 2016
    One of the best wine programs in the city – awesome old wines at sick prices. Wine director and partner Patrick Cappiello is the MAN. Food is excellent.
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureJune 4, 2013
    Globally-inspired dishes are inventive, if on the small side. The real draw is the exceptionally well chosen wine list, which spans the world from Oregon to Lebanon.
  • Patrick J.heart icon on user image
    Patrick JoosDecember 31, 2013
    The cheesecake the accompanied the grapefruit sorbet reminded me of Chikalicious. it was excellent and refreshing. The service was also top notch. friendly and accommodating.
  • Justin B.heart icon on user image
    Justin BretonApril 16, 2014
    I would describe P&A as a tasty, expensive tapas restaurant. Dishes are meant to be shared (3/ person is good). Order: Hanger Tartare, Bread, Pork Meatballs and Potatoes. Skip: Shrimp. #nyceats #soho
  • New York Post
    New York PostApril 10, 2013
    The divers scallops are a thrilling (and cheap!) starter. Skip the dull meatballs and get the smoked salmon or amazing skirt steak. And avoid the ice cream sandwich, it tastes like Vicks VapoRub. Read more
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The wine list, created by Palace Hotel wine director Patrick Cappiello, is serious business and offers an unexpectedly huge selection from Burgundy and Bordeaux. Read more
  • Bin Y.
    Bin YangDecember 5, 2013
    Get the half portions and try as many plates as possible. Incredible wine list. p.s. Keep your heads down when they pop the champagne bottles with a long knife.
  • Lori L.heart icon on user image
    Lori LuoAugust 10, 2014
    A varied small plates menu from Chef Richard Kuo allows diners to customize their experience. Best bites: Rock Shrimp, Lamb Belly, and Pork Meatballs.
  • Pam B.
    Pam B.May 8, 2013
    Great wines for under $40. Recommended by the NYT: scallops with fennel, lily bulb and berbere; hanger steak tartare; octopus with sunflower seed and shiso.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 1, 2013
    The Fernet ice cream sandwich is a must-have! Aromatic undercurrents of mint and anise are infused with the Italian amaro and a smoothy, creamy finish.
  • Mike M.
    Mike McBryanApril 6, 2015
    Can only speak to the wine list - which is beyond extensive, but accessible. Looking forward to trying some bites next time (though they do appear to be a bit pricey for small bites)
  • Wilson Z.
    Wilson ZhouApril 28, 2014
    the pyramid of dark octopus tendrils and Humble green beans alone mark the chef, Richard Kuo, who cooked previously at the pop-up Frej, as a master of umami.
  • Reserve
    ReserveJanuary 28, 2016
    The modern, elegant dining room is the perfect palette for Chef Richard Kuo’s bright and beautiful small plates, ideal for sharing over drinks. Read more
  • Vivek B.heart icon on user image
    Vivek BelloreFebruary 28, 2015
    Trust the somms and bartenders. Its a huge list and a little guidance goes a long way. Try at least one thing from the raw section.
  • Nina C.
    Nina CebenkoAugust 14, 2014
    Over 100 wines by the bottle to choose from at all price points. I do not rate the food, ambience, and music very high individually... But collectively = perfection.
  • Ralph
    RalphJuly 10, 2013
    Don't show up when Adrian Grenier shows up, or he will get seated in five minutes (after your reserved table is an hour late) even though he's washed up at a young age. I guess it's the blue eyes.
  • Suzi D.heart icon on user image
    Suzi DafnisSeptember 23, 2014
    You guys should have a Spotify playlist. Great music. And the food was superb. Thanks.
  • Suri R.heart icon on user image
    Suri RSeptember 28, 2013
    They have mastered the art of atmosphere. Skirt steak and long beans are ace. Must end with the fernet ice cream sandwich
  • Compass
    CompassMay 20, 2014
    Glitz and glam makes Pearl and Ash a see-and-be-seen restaurant, but its small plates are just as gorgeous and the clientele.
  • Eamonn C.heart icon on user image
    Eamonn CareyOctober 11, 2016
    Astonishingly good octopus. Incredible wine list that's really well priced. This place is amazing.
  • The Daily Out - F.heart icon on user image
    Great for a casual dinner or drinks at the bar. Order the octopus.
  • Ali L.heart icon on user image
    Ali LynchMay 23, 2013
    We got the scallops, quail, octopus, skirt steak, hangar, and skate..all were delish! Scallops and quail were my fav.
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RavenelSeptember 23, 2015
    One of the best wine lists in city. Octopus was great; lamb belly was spectacular.
  • Noah W.heart icon on user image
    Noah WeissFebruary 25, 2013
    "Part futuristic bistro and part Nordic cubby hole.. two people can try everything on the menu for just about $58 a head" -- Thrillist. Read more
  • Scot H.
    Scot H.January 20, 2014
    This place rocks the 80's and I love it. Also, wine list is great. Try one of the Touraines (Loire).
  • Ben R.heart icon on user image
    Ben RMarch 18, 2015
    You are missing out if you don't get wine here. Amazing selection.
  • Eliza C.
    Eliza ChangDecember 24, 2013
    "kicks down the walls that snobs have built around wine and lets the rest of us walk in... small plates are seasoned with a sense of adventure." - Pete Wells, NYT
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AndrewAugust 8, 2014
    Great for fine late night dinning! Chef is a ex from WD~50 so you know it's going to be tasty!
  • Miguel d.
    Miguel de LeonMarch 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Go for the half-portions to literally try everything on the menu. Worth the gym trip afterwards, I promise.
  • Frank D.heart icon on user image
    Frank DenbowMay 10, 2014
    Steak, diver scallops, and potatoes are all excellent. Pay with Cover here also!
  • Laura C.heart icon on user image
    Laura ChinJuly 17, 2013
    Don't sleep on the bread and (chicken) butter. No one wants to pay for bread but I promise it's worth it!
  • Doctore A.heart icon on user image
    Doctore AguacateNovember 30, 2014
    Octopus, quail egg, cauliflower. Ask the somms what they're into! They know their list
  • suneelheart icon on user image
    suneelJanuary 11, 2014
    killer sweetbreads, steak tartare, potatoes, smoked salmon(holy shit amazing), desserts
  • Kristin B.
    Kristin BradfieldJanuary 15, 2015
    Fabulous wine list, octopus, best bread/butter you'll ever have and the potatoes...
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 6, 2013
    Small plates restaurant and bar with an affordable, interesting wine list.
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