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brushstroke Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.davidbouley.com
  • Email: reservations@brushstrokenyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 791-3771
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch:
    (Starting on May 13th, 2014)
    Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    Friday & Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    Closed on Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Isao Yamada
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Main Dining Room can accomodate 60 for a seated dinner. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Danielle Falcone (917) 237-3205

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Duane Street & Hudson Street
  • Public Transit: 1,2,3, A and C trains to Chambers St. E train to World Trade Center. 4,5 and 6 trains to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall.

  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Public parking garage located at the corner of Hudson and Reade Streets.
A word from brushstroke
A collaborative effort between Chef David Bouley and Japan’s Tsuji Culinary Institute, Brushstroke presents an inspired modern adaptation of Kyoto's kaiseki cuisine; seasonally focused tasting & A la carte menus that change throughout the year.

Our menus offered in the main dining room showcase a wide range of Japanese cuisine; from the delicate use of vegetables to sashimi, rice and wagyu. Options include Chef Yamada's
8 Course Artisanal Kaiseki menu starting at $135 per person, a 7 Course Vegetarian Tasting menu starting at $100 per person, and a 6 Course Tasting menu starting at $85 per person. (6 Course menu is only available on Fridays & Saturdays).

Sushi is offered exclusively at Chef Eiji Ichimura's sushi bar where he presents an Omakase menu, also known as Chef's choice, starting at $180 per person.
**** Please note that sushi bar reservations cannot be booked on-line, they can only be made by calling (212)791-3771.****
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Diner Reviews
  • "food was top notch and beautifully presented. i didnt have anything bad and we got the kaiseki menu."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "This restaurant is right across the street from Bouley, and is under the same management, with cross-pollination of staff. Food is on a par with its sister restaurant, and service is better, but, alas, the ambience lacks any charm - strictly minimalist (except for the high-tech bathroom toilets!). But definitely go for the food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Fantastic experience from start to finish. Have dined here twice and was just as fantastic the second time around (the sign of an excellent restaurant). The service is impeccable, the somelier incredibly knowledgeable about both wine and sake (and remembered us from the last time we had dined here two months ago) and the food a treat, especially the sashimi. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went to Brushstroke to celebrate my birthday. The service was EXCELLENT! And, the food was delicious. We decided to go for the sake and wine pairing on top of the prix fixe meal. The sommelier did an fantastic job pairing the food with the sake and wine. He picked some obscure wines as well which made it all the more interesting. While the price tag is quite high, it is worth it for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed everything about our dinner at Brushstroke to celebrate our 22nd wedding anniversary. It is pricey but you leave feeling like you've had a mini-vacation. The staff explains every dish but after a while, I didn't care what it was; I trusted that it would be delicious. Even though there is a set price for the menus, there are items with supplements and you will want to get at least one of those. I loved my cocktail, something intensely orangey with tequila."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "After living in Japan for 9 years there are few restaurants that meet our expectations. Brushstroke not only exceeded them but did so in a combination of excellence in every aspect, service to food quality. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Chef Ichimura creates a food experience unlike any I've experienced. Beautifully unadorned sushi/sashimi, intimately presented at a 10 seat bar. Not for the faint of wallet, but I'd skip a new winter coat for the opportunity to share the experience with someone who truly appreciates the best."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Brushstroke is worth a journey but its wine list is thin, overpriced, and poorly served. The wine steward , not the sommelier, was very proud of his knowledge of the people behind the wine but sketchier about the character of the wine. A great restaurant deserves better."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "the food is amazing, especially the wagyu beef here. dessert itself is good actually. but with so many amazing dishes before it, it turns out being just-so-so. the chawan mushi, soup, and rice dish also deserved a high recommendation."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "our server was excellent and he seemed to know so much about the menu. when we were indecisive, he brought a third dessert for the curious george in me! So glad we decided to come here. However, the menu could be better especially the scottish salmon broth. it had a weird root vegetable that had a bitter aftertaste. The broth was good though."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "From the moment I walked in, I knew that this restaurant was not for me. While the staff were genuinely pleasant, the room was dead quiet with no atmosphere. Perhaps it's my preference, but I found it was so quiet that it was off-putting. Very light pop songs done in classical style didn't help much. The food was good, but most dishes did not blow me away. I found the beginning courses to be generally good, with the later courses a bit disappointing. The dessert was by far the weakest, with very few selections beyond something green tea related, and most incorporating some kind of beans. I guess I wanted something a bit more traditional, but there was nothing like that being offered."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The kaiseki menu (no ala carte) is exquisite with multiple choices unlike others of this type. The service is impeccable! The only real issue is the cost. It starts out high and then there are multiple add ons which can raise the cost to the stratosphere. It is clearly worth the cost but you need to beware lest it outstrip your budget. Wine/sake/beverage service is creative and attentive."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This was my second time at Brushstroke and after raving about my first meal there I found this meal to be even more inspired and delectable than the last. The tasting menu is spectacular- pop for the seasonal menu when you come in- you'll be glad you did. Waitstaff is abundant and knowledgeable. The tasting menu has many variations and food is well executed and beautifully plated."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We had a great Valentine's dinner in the main dining room. Excellent food and service!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Price a bit steep for portion size, but food was flawless. When I spen $350 on a meal, I don't want to get a slice aof pizza before going home. Service was outstanding, can't find one flaw. Staff is extremely warm, which is a rare find in many snobbish restaurants in NYC lately. My only gripe was about the "water" service. While I did order trhe sparkling water, in no way did I expect to see 2 bottles charged for when there were only 2 of us. $16 for water really is annoying. Cocktails were superb, as was the wine. Wine list is a bit disappointing, not because of the selection, but because of the 400% markup...$15 bottles going for $65..c'mon now!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great Saki menu. Waiter very attentive and very informative in helping Sake neophytes make a good selection. A little crowded with a few too many tables. Whenever my chair is right up against that of another patron, it feels too tight."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This Japanese restaurant is very good in food quality and service. Be aware that you only have the choice between two menue style. The build out is sleek and clean. The service is very good but sometime to fast. The only negative point is the very high price. To have to spend around 150$ per person without wine when you take some specials you over 200$. Overall a great food spot but very pricy."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "David Bouley's spectacularly interesting and delicious take on japanese food. The tasting menu is a revelation with textures and flavors like nothing you've had before. A must to try."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I'm not opposed to meat, but I was absolutely blown away by the vegetarian tasting menu at Brushstroke. Savory soups, delicious tempura-esqeue vegetables, and an incredible rice dish. Best part of meal, however, was the bamboo. A great option for everyone."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "A unique Japanese dining experience. The sake/wine list was exceptional and the food was really creative an elegant. I highly recommend it."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "We tried both the veg. tasting menu and the Sushi/meat tasting menu... each item on the the Fish/meat was OUTSTANDING. The vegetarian menu was interesting, however i did expect a little more from it, expecially since both menus were the same price. Overall a great restaurant i will be back to! Service was outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Arrived there 30 min earlier, they escorted me to waiting section where 5 people can sit with two table. I had one glass if sparkling wine with comfort. I and my wife ordered tasting menu (actually it should be called course menu, or western Kaiseki) of $85. The volume of food was very adequate, though $130 some course was available, but it would be too much for us if we ordered the higher priced one. People there working are all nice, though they could speak a little slower for my kind of first timer. Only negative was that the table (material) was looks a little cheap, look like Ikea's. For this kind of restaurant, better one should match."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "I had been here once before, and liked it, but didn't wildly love it, but this time everything was perfect. We both had the kaiseki menu with the wine pairing, and every dish was exquisite, and the pairings were spectacular. The sommelier, Jacob, has really done a great job finding interesting and unusual wines that go beautifully with the food. It's the best wine pairing I've had in a very long time, or ever. Really imaginative and thoughtful and precise, and it made a huge difference in the meal. He's also personally very charming, as were all the staff, so this was a lovely experience."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I love the various tasting menu options. Wonderful inventive dishes thru out the menu."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "OK, so it was a quiet Tuesday night in the middle of the Polar Vortex, but the food and hospitality at Brushstroke was quite the reverse. We went for the 6-course tasting menu, which was more like 8 courses by the time we were done. The sheer quality of the ingredients and the cooking has to be tasted to be believed. The sashimi was sublime, and the Chawanmushi was mind-blowingly good. The balance of the mushroom, egg and truffle was just perfect - none overwhelmed the other. Then on to the fish / meat course - the belly pork was full of flavour, whilst the Barramundi & Octopus balanced traditional winter flavours with just a hint of the sea. The the rice course: if you can, save space for this. but it's impossible."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "This was a birthday gift to my husband. Knowing that we both enjoy Japanese cuisine this was a throughly enjoyable evening. When the reservation was made I stated that it was a birthday celebration, very impressed when the staff brought out a cake with candles for him. Class act from start to finish....we will put this on our places to go back to list, Thank you"
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Fourth time I have dined at brushstroke. First 3, killer good. Last time left something empty. Service was generally friendly but not unctuous. My lobster dish was served cold as was my wife's. Some food hit inspired heights and others mediocre. The sommelier is knowledgeable but appeared rushed when I asked his advice on different bottles for the evening. The final blow came when we were asked to leave before we had even finished our second bottle of wine so the next table could sit. We were offered tea at the bar but this didn't quite make it. We were taking my sister In law out for her birthday and somehow expected something more special. Something akin to the first three times I was there. I know you can do it Brushstroke. ."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "a beautiful restaurant, courteous and knowledgeable staff, sublime food, excellent sake. nuff said..."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Despite wonderful service, the food did not meet expectatIons. The courses were limited in thier imaginativity- Of the eight courses, five were a variation of a fish based soup. Most of the fish courses had a strong fishy taste. The wine pairings, while adequate failed to lift the food to a higher level. There was not one standout fish that left me wanting more."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We ordered the vegetarian tasting menu (which is also vegan). All of the dishes were excellent, particularly the yam dumpling with tempura and the soy sauce and mirin ice cream, one of four options for dessert."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "I'm glad we finally tried Brushstroke - we ordered the tasting menu, with the option for a larger sashimi platter, and it was plenty of food. The chawanmushi was a standout dish. Sashimi was also nice and fresh, although I think next time I would not order the larger portion, only because I was too full to really enjoy the last course. Definitely recommend it if you're a strong eater. It's very, very good Japanese food."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food left me speechless. I work in the industry and I've been to a lot of "fine dining" restaurants...I haven't been this blown away since the French Laundry. Service was ok, nothing to write home about but no real complaints either."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "Amazing wait staff. Delicious meal with exceptional wine pairings. The room is tasteful and quiet. We enjoyed dinner conversation without shouting. Some restaurants are too noisy to taste the food. Here we could focus on what we were eating and yet the theatre of dining did not get in the way of conversation. Happily we were at a table insteadof a poorly lit counter where the person seemed disengaged. Unusual for kaiseki. On a normal night this might be exceptional but the price was higher on xmas eve. I am not sure I appreciated the increased value of special ingredients that might account for the price hike. Even for a normal night the menu is $50. more than on their website. Stiff ticket for the 99%."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "we had the 6 course meal but after each course, staff would take away the plates very(too) quickly. Literally a second after we cleared our plates. There was a time when I was almost done but not quite - twice, I had to tell them "still working" I felt rushed and restless. It was a Christmas Eve dinner, I wish I could have relaxed and not felt rushed....."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "From the moment we arrived and throughout our meal the experience was one of the best from start to finish. The Chef's tasting me u was both delicious in its simplicity and yet wonderful amalgamation of flavor and texture. The service was attentive and gracious."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "My wife and I spent our anniversary at Brushstorke. the food was fantastic and services was extraordinary. We had a splendid time at Brushstroke. I would definitely recommend this spot for special occasion. Note: The staffs knows about our anniversary dinner and surprisingly they all greeted us generously and appropriately. Thanks Brushstroke we will be back! Frank~ 12/23/2013"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Delightful dinner. Friendly staff unbelievable show. Open kitchen."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Both friend and I ordered the tasting menu ($85). There are several options to choose among for the "protein" and rice courses. The courses were well timed, spaced out. I never felt rushed. Each course, although it looks quite small on its own, added up to be quite filling by the end. The manager (who started at Daniel) was a lovely presence throughout our meal. He joked with me and my friend, he offered us a 3rd dessert (on him!) when we couldn't make up our minds. I didn't love every single bit of my meal (because I'm picky and dislike veggies) but it was all beautiful and I could see why the chefs thought the flavors went together. A very nice and memorable special occasion meal, but I like choosing (all of) my own food!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food was incredible! Service was fantastic. If you really enjoy Kaiseki style Japanese food, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The food was very good - not exactly traditional per se, but it was quite delicious. It was nice to see they had 3 women in the kitchen amongst all those men - something you don't see very often in Japanese kitchens."
    Dined on 12/7/2013