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Pearl & Ash
Posted by Lorrie S on 03/13/2014
Pearl & Ash is, in a word, spectacular. One of the best meals I've had in NYC in the past year. Everything comes together perfectly: unusual spices, unusual ingredients, a lovely mix of textures. We ordered 12 small plates for the three of us, as per the waiter's suggestion. Not one disappointed. Of particular note were the diver scallop crudo; the hangar steak tartare (which is not a usual favorite of mine, but sooo tasty, with crisp melba chips); and the potatoes with porcini cream and chorizo: the potatoes were amazingly crispy, and complemented the other ingredients perfectly. The room is lovely as well, with variously-shaped cubes on the wall, all containing beautiful little tchatckes, and an unusual chandelier made of wood. My sole complaint: the very loud music made conversation difficult.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2014
My boyfriend and I went there last night and should have left on our first impression. The music was way too loud so people had to shout and the room cannot absorb the noise. They were out of the scallop crudo. The smoked salmon, sweetbreads, and octopus were all overwhelmingly sweet. The main theme here is overuse of sweet elements. The potatoes were quite good. If you stick with some wine, raw items and veggies, you may have a decent meal. Not worth a trip, ok if you are in the neighborhood. On the plus side, they did keep the water coming. You need it after all that sugar.
Posted by S.C. on 03/12/2013
Came for dinner on a Friday night at 8pm. Hands down best service I've received in a while, despite a full house. We were assisted by 3 servers including the sommelier, all smiles and extensive knowledge to boot. The staff seemed just as giddy as we were when anything came to our table. The octopus, quail and potatoes were the stars for me, but the skirt steak, salmon, tartare and duck confit were all on point. The meatballs, and green beans were adequate. Wine menu was very well rounded. We each had a dessert - everything delicious and creative, but honestly we were too full to fully enjoy. Very reasonably priced. Bustling atmosphere. Narrow dining room, but tables are spread out. Worth the trip to Bowery - will return.
Posted by NYCreative on 03/07/2013
I dined at Pearl and Ash their first week and was excited that, not only was it not a "working the bugs out" experience, but it seemed well established. Knowledgable staff, great food, wonderful wine list and a great value. You can go there and spend under $50 per person, or make it a special occasion and spend $100's! You customize your experience with the assistance of the staff. My favorites were the tea cured salmon, the octopus, the meatballs!, the quail and the potatoes!