Pearl and Ash
New York, NY 10002Neighborhood:
Lower East Side
Contemporary AmericanPrice: $31 to $50
Pearl and Ash
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.pearlandash.com/
- Phone: (212) 837-2370
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am,
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Pay with OpenTable,Visa
- Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Richard Kuo
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
A word from Pearl and Ash
Pearl & Ash was conceived at the intersection of luxury and simplicity. Our intention is to make the finest quality of food accessible to the masses without sacrificing integrity - while embracing the social and casual satisfaction of a communal setting. Our small plates are designed for sharing and we look forward to serving you and your friends a great selection of drinks and delicious dishes.Continued
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Pearl and Ash reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelEnergetic
fit for foodies (118)notable wine list (98)hot spot (64)neighborhood gem (45)good for groups (37)vibrant bar scene (30)romantic (25)special occasion (25)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
- Food amazing as alwaysHcl10VIPDined on 11/20/2014My third visit to Pearl & Ash and the food is excellent! I highly recommend if you enjoy sharing interesting food and wine, and the wait staff is stellar. I always have to comment though that this place needs to fix it's reservation system, I have never once been seated timely for my "reserved" table, there is always a 20-30 minute wait period, and their tiny bar area cannot accommodate more than a handful of people waiting around for their tables since the bar seats are mostly for walk in diners. There is nowhere to stand! Also, don't tell my party the table will be given away after 20 minutes if we aren't all there and then have us wait 30 minutes anyway.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- A mixOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 11/19/2014Another shared plates spot. So, ho-hum on that theme. Maybe larger plates and fewer is better. There were a few outstanding choices - the octopus was amazing. The cod and green beans as well. Total disched for two = 8. Wait - now I can't remember another one that was a knock it out of the park dish. (what does that say?). Nothing was bad, but you aren't missing much if you skip dessert. I will say the service was very good (unless you go for snobby white glove treatment).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 11/18/2014Brought a friend who was new to the restaurant, and he was hooked after the first bite of chicken-butter maple syrup bread, as I knew he would be. Highly recommended as a relatively short walk after seeing a show at the Public or Joe's Pub. Excellent wine selection and creative seasonal cocktail list. We selected the bread, pork meatballs, quail egg focaccia, scallop, and cauliflower, which was plenty. Everything was delicious. Our server was friendly (as always) and made helpful suggestions. I've been five times or so; it's one of my go-to places if I'm anywhere in the area. We were able to get in at the last minute on a Tuesday night, but book ahead for busier evenings. It's a small, cozy place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Filled with younstersOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/18/2014So, I'm getting old, but the crowd and the waitstaff at P&A was very young. The kids should realize that there are older people who probably know more about wine than they do and alter their approach.Special Features:
- wont returnOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 11/14/2014The very good: service, wine list. The very bad: the food. I rarely write reviews, but the food here is just bad. We tried 7 dishes and each one was off. If they want to survive they need a new chef pronto.Special Features:
- Not too impressed.OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 11/12/2014The food at Pearl and Ash is decent, creative but uneven -- some dishes were far too salty. it is also lively, and for the moment a trendy place. It is way overpriced for what it is, however. They also have an annoying tendency to try to up sell the food and offer a stingy poor of wines by the glass. I don't think it will last.Special Features:
- An adventure!MsquaredDined on 11/8/2014Though very loud, the food was an adventure. Each small plate took our palate to a new place. Very tasteful and inventive. Loved every dish we had (I will pass on the beef tartare).Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely eveningOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 11/8/2014We really enjoyed our evening at Pearl and Ash. The service was prompt and ever present without being over bearing. Small plates of perfectly flavored foods in unique combinations. Wine list very comprehensive and a sommelier who was helpful and respectful. If you are looking to fill up this is not the place but perfect for us. Only complaint was the noise level was a bit too high for conversations which is why some of our ratings were only at the very good level.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- BonnieVIPDined on 11/7/2014A perfectly lovely meal, provided you like to share--and you don't eat large quantities. Be prepared to have the tab add up quickly. Except for one dish that was too tough (calamari) and salty, everything was worth ordering again. Although there is a cocktail menu, no hard liquor is served. Once the restaurant fills up, sitting at a table across from the bar is a problem; you will be knocked about by waitstaff trying to get by standing drinkers behind seated drinkers. We'll return.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic foodEatsDined on 11/6/2014Pearl and Ash is a perfect restaurant for a special dinner out, at relatively reasonable prices. It's Asian Fusion / tapas at its best. The food is delicious and varied, the cocktails some of my favorite in the neighborhood, and the wine list excellent. All the while, the atmosphere is still low-key enough that you can relax with friends over drink and food, without worrying about a dress code. Highly recommend.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 11/4/2014This was my second visit to Pearl and Ash and definitely my last. The food was terrible. I have no idea what happened but will not chance another bad meal. Hamachi was VERY fishy, octopus was fair, scallops/squid were rubbery. Beyond disappointed!!!
- Hip and on its gameBillVIPDined on 11/1/2014Tapas style is not my favorite, but they were good. Sweetbreads especially outstanding. the food is all slightly spicy, but not overwhelming at all. good wine list, though a little pricey. Service we very good on a busy Saturday night. Pearl ad Ash is small, and the high ceiling tends to get a little noisy and the bar scene is active. We'd come back.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AmazingWinoDined on 10/27/2014Brings food to a higher standard. The attention to detail and pairings with some of the most interesting and unique wines I've ever tasted made the evening special.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great restaurant!!!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/25/2014Everything was great as usual. The food was excellent. But we had to wait 30 minutes bevore seating.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wine bar with food!OpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 10/20/2014This is a wine bar with good food, not a restaurant with great wine. The backless chairs (stools) are uncomfortable and not conducive to hanging out. But that seems to be the point here. The food and atmosphere is like a tapas bar with slightly larger plates. As recommended by the pleasant server, two of us split 8 very tasty small plates plus cheese course and we were out the door at just over an hour. With 4 glasses of wine and tip, the bill was $220, which is a lot for so little time. For a place that prides itself on wine, there is a short wines by the glass list. With dishes that range from raw and cooked fish and meats, that seems shortsighted. Anyway, we will not be back, but by the crowd on a Monday night, this place will do OK.Special Features:
- excellent food and serviceHcl10VIPDined on 10/18/2014This was my second time at Pearl & Ash and the food here is delicious. We had a group of 4 and shared everything (about 10-11 plates), which was really fun. The sommelier was helpful and picked great wines in our price range. Only downside is both times my table was not ready--early or on time--and I needed to wait 20-30 minutes by the bar, which is nearly impossible because it is always jammed. You can't stand behind people seated at the bar and the host will come over and ask you to clear the aisle for servers (the bar area is narrow and the wall is lined with tables). It is not a comfortable situation. The bar does not have liquor and the cocktails are just okay, but the food makes the wait worth it!Special Features:
- MGNYCVIPDined on 10/17/2014Table was not ready on time. That wouldn't be too much of an issue except there is no where to sit/stand to enjoy a drink. They seat the bar for dinner so there is no actual bar. Service was spotty at times. I wouldn't recommend this for any party larger that 2x. We were a group of 4 and seated at the end of a communal table which was awkward and tight. I'm accustomed to eating out regularly and small portions are something I'm used to but the portion sizes here (with exception to vegetable dishes) are TEENY TINY! Better to come for a snack than an actual meal.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food - service mediocrePNYCDined on 10/17/2014The food was delicious although a bit pricy for the size of the dishes but the service was extremely lacking gives the type of place. Our waitress took our order and then only came back when we were ready for the check. We had an 8:30 reservation but we're seated after 9. Food was good but dishes were a bit too small - not 100% sure we would go back any time soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Yum!OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 10/9/2014Great food...sharing plates...and great cocktails!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great place for small groups tooOpenTable Diner Since 2008Dined on 10/7/2014This is a good place for a few drinks and small plates sharing. Would have liked to have some hard liquor cocktails, but the ones they had were quite deliciousSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Tops!BillzDined on 10/5/2014Small plates like no other. Fabulous wine list too. The menu is amazing.Special Features:
- Great place!SarafdaDined on 10/4/2014In our trip to NYC we tried to know places to have a nice dinner. I believe peal and ash should be a must go! The ambiance the food (small plates but you should know that this kind of places do this) real impressive wine list! We loved everything we ordered and had a great time!Special Features:
- Nice ExperiencePacoDined on 10/2/2014I went to Pearl & Ash on a thursday night. The place was crowded but not too overcrowded. I sat at the bar while i was waiting for my partner. The young bartender was nice and responsive. So I try some of their specialities, I was charmed by the cocktails proposed and the taste. After few drinks we were sat by a lovely hostess that took care of us. The way the restaurant is set up is that everything comes in small dishes so usually for a night you will probably have to take six dishes at least to be full but the quality and taste of each one of them is amazing!!! For the quality of the food proposed the price isnt too bad. I would recommend this place if you are looking for a dinner with your partner or small group.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/1/2014The food is good (Venison recommended) and is really enjoyable to share. The menu format isn't traditional but again, its fun. There is'nt a full bar, they have a cocktail list made with fortified wines but if you're looking for liquor look elsewhere. If you're looking for wine, the list is really well thought out and the wine staff is very helpful and knowledgeable.Special Features:
- very nice foodincredibleDined on 9/29/2014Food was great. Highlight for the meatballs with bonito flakes and the amazing Potatoes with porcini mayo.Special Features:
- Pearl & Ash - What a find!golfing4parVIPDined on 9/29/2014We dined at Pearl & Ash on a Monday evening. It is truly a neighborhood gem. There isn't a lot of signage, just a simple P&A on the door. The tapas choices were categorized appropriately, with interesting combinations. The sommelier was knowledgeable, helpful and great to work with. The wait staff was very friendly. The food was great!Special Features:
- CBT1668534106Dined on 9/27/2014An overall wonderful experience But, the wine selection is not very good! The food (small portions) -- very very creative and delicious! Share everything! The desserts were just Okay. We didn't have the cheese platter but it was highly recommended by friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great food, great serviceanvasquDined on 9/26/2014The only reason why I am taking off 1 star is because the food comes out too quickly. My friend and I were there on Friday for a 6.15 reservation. at 7.20 we were already out the door. The first plates arrived about 5 minutes after we ordered.Special Features:
- Great serviceHuntingtonDined on 9/22/2014It was our first time to restaurant. We enjoyed our evening and all the reccomendations the server made for us.Special Features:
- Literally, small platesGourmetmomVIPDined on 9/20/2014While the food is exceptional and creative, it takes a wad of cash to dine here. $100 per person, including a glass of wine and tax, and we still left feeling a little hungry. Enjoyed everything we ate, just wish the portions were a little larger. This is taking small plates to an extreme.Special Features:
- Great vibeHeilsDined on 9/19/2014Had a lovely experience - really good and friendly service. Food great and an amazing wine list. Really cool fit out and vibe.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food but misguided ambiencerehellmanDined on 9/14/2014If you like arguing with the maitre d' to be seated at your table when they insist on the bar in a half empty restaurant, and you enjoy ear splitting music competing with great food, this is your place. Most galling were the inferior wines by the glass in a place with a wine reputation. They should be embarrassed at the thin, acidic St Emilion they featured.
- tasty small platesOpenTable Diner Since 2006VIPDined on 9/11/2014But skip the dessert. Not as impressive. Service was great until drinks went empty and our first choice of wine was unavailable. I think our small table might have suffered due to a few large ones. Also, our server recommended 9 dishes. We were satisfied with 5 plus one dessert. I say order a few and hang onto the menu.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIPDined on 9/9/2014The food was just terrible and overpriced. I don't know how are they still in business. Plates are TINY!!! and the food is not even tasty. Incredible...
- Great food and serviceDave83Dined on 9/3/2014Really nice place with brilliant service and grrreeat food. Especially The duck and The salmon entre. Music was good but a bit loudSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pearl and AshrrpinoDined on 8/31/2014I went with a group of four and we each ordered three dishes to share. The service was fine, but the waitstaff did nothing above and beyond. The sommelier was helpful in guiding us to a bottle within our budget. The only course I didn't like was the new dessert donuts. They were very dense and the flavors didn't meld well... Sriracha, popcorn, and berry.Special Features:
- Great meal & wine!BanannieNYCDined on 8/30/2014Took my friend for her b'day; we're both foodie/Wineaux. Enjoyed decor & bopping along to 80s soundtrack, servers attentive and professional, amazing wine list though wish there were more by-the-glass and half-bt options. Small plates food was good to share, loved the lemongrass cod and venison. I'd definitely come back!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 8/23/2014The food here is very inventive and they use weird combinations, but it all worked and everything came out delicious. It's all in small-plates style, so it's a great place to go to share with others. They kind of cram a lot of tables close together so it's not super romantic, but definitely trendy and fun!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIPDined on 8/21/2014feed me. small plates gone wrong. its good, its pretty, its just not really dinner. wine list is fantastic just wish i could have more BTG options. BEST music ever.
- fun spot - good food great winePN117Dined on 8/21/2014we had one serious complaint-some of the dishes were extremely salty! We even returned one dish. The restaurant deducted those from our bill. Now that is class! Will definitely be going back. Our friends visiting from London loved the restaurant, the vibe, the wine selection and the food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.