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Pearl and Ash
Pearl and Ash

Pearl and Ash Details

  • 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, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, 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

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Prince St. and Spring St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "Standouts included the fluke incredibly complemented with almonds (and almond oil?), the bread (applewood smoked whole wheat with a chicken schmaltz and maple syrup compound butter sprinkled with oregano) and cauliflower with shiso peppers. The grape, banana, cashew dessert was accompanied by the finest vanilla ice cream I have ever tasted. All dishes were small plates recommended by a perfectly gracious and laid back server. The wine list is, in a word, epic. Interior design was the only, easily overlooked, letdown. Would recommend."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "What funky decor! Every single dish we ordered was awesome! Great service. definitely come again..."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was amazing, service was nice and helpful but not overly attentive. We had an amazing time with my husband."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "No good flavors came out of the kitchen and the portions are way too small to share. How do you share a soft egg over a salad. Asparagus tasted very briney, while most other dishes including the porgy were very salty. Ordered the baby octopus and it was served burnt and tough. Pork meatballs were adequate, but did not have much flavor in the meatballs nor the accompanying sauce. Cod was nice and served with a flavorful coconut & lemongrass sauce, but portion was to small even for a shared plate. Potatoes bravas were nicely cooked but had too much of the accompanying mayonnaise sauce which like all else was too salty. Finally this place is known for the wine list, but the sommeliers choice was not a good one, nothing distinct."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "this place was bleh, overall major let down food was mediocre, they were out of multiple dishes, they kept on pouring the beer from the bottle into my glass and didn't tilt it or nothing so i ended up getting more head than i wouldve like (never thought id say that) also they gave away our table when the reservation was for 830 and we were all there at 837 and they made some excuse that they had my reservation for 815 so overall i wont be going back"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Good range of dishes. Graet music. Excellent service. Great for any occasion. Never disappoints"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "have read tons of great reviews about pearl and ash so we were really eager to try it. overall, the four of us (all foodies) were pretty disappointed with the meal and thought that the service was very in our face - making the entire meal feel rushed. the server told us that the food was "tapas like" but it really was just expensive tapas. and of the 10 dishes that we ordered, we only really like 2. i wouldn't go back and would not suggest it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The food is really disappointing. Very odd and not altogether successful combinations of ingredients. The service was excellent, very earnest, but they are trying way too hard. Hate to be negative but there it is."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Loved the food, the concept, the ambiance! Great wine list too... BUT how come a place with such a great list by the bottle has such a poor selection by the glass is a mistery for me. Maybe not. The somm (or the lady acting as somm) wasn't cool nor modern despite the efforts to pretend she is Steak tartare is excellent, Lamb belly a must have."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Good atmosphere. A bit small as most NY places. Great octopus and scallop in particular. We were late for our reservation, and they were very accommodating in helping us out. The asparagus salad had very little actual asparagus (which was fine with me), but a great fresh tangy taste."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Met a friend for dinner last week. Sat at the bar. spent a lot of $$ on wine, from a great list, fairly priced, knowledgeable sommelier. If you like great wine, small plates with smaller portions of interesting fresh foods, ultra high energy levels and deafening noise levels you're going to love Pearl & Ash. Don't go if you want to shout at your dinner partner. The best place for a conversation is at the bar, easier to speak directly into each others ears or read lips. But..that means sitting on some very uncomfortable, stab at being rustic cool bar stools."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Food was solid mostly. Service was not. Waited close to 50 min after showing up promptly for reservation at 9PM for our 2 top. Drinks bought during this wait should have been comped, but were not. This was on a wednesday night."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "food really great (esp. meatballs), very attentive and knowlegeable somallier but benches with no backs, and a noise level forcing me to leave belore dessert, which is one of my favorite parts of dinner"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "No liquor, just wine.Very small menu.After getting there they tell us they specialize in small plates.Food good, but Plates extremely small.Very expensive for what you get.Very sleek decor and eccentric service , but they play good music in background , but way too loud...must think it's a night club.If they get liquor, tone down the music and make the plates larger hhis might be a winner"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 8 pm, and we were immediately met by a hostess with an iPad who told us that there were a lot of new servers and there would be a wait. We stepped up to the bar to order a glass of wine, and the hostess told us it wouldn 'to be as long. As two people got up from seats at the bar, we went to sit, and the hostess told us the seats were reserved. Then she tried to seat us at a table for four with another couple who were strangers. All of us politely declined. Finally, we were seated. The food was good, but the service was overpowering for such a small restaurant, with every sip of water being refilled. Again, food wise, it was OK, but not memorable."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "This restaurant serves truly great, tasty food and provides an interesting concept - you can select 6-8 reasonably priced dishes from the menu to share. The wine list is long, and includes e.g. several great wines from small producers in France. The atmosphere is lively and enjoyable. Definitely the place to go to!"
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I took my fiance for his birthday there on Saturday night after reading about it on the NYT list and it was wonderful. First of all, you do have to make a reservation way in advance as they are always booked. Other than that, just go enjoy, share a few amazing dishes and wonderful wine (extensive wine list) and enjoy the ambiance. Pretty cool night!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Winner combination: fine tapas-like food, good unpretentious service, and very good wine list."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Octopus (Good) - Pork Meatballs (Very Good) - Flat Iron Steak (Not Great - Boring) - Cauliflower (OK - has a very distinct herb in it) Date spot - NO SPIRITS AT ALL (this is a mistake) - Extensive wine menu - small plates - food was mixed in terms of tastiness - service was ok - wine pours were lacking"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Incredible wine list which is humanely priced and brilliantly interpreted by a passionate and genuinely charming staff. The menu manages to be experimental, fun and incredibly satisfying all at once. This place is terrific and a real breath of fresh air. Be aware,though, that it can get loud and the bench seating is not terribly comfortable."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Had a reservation for 7pm on a Saturday night (nice summer weather) and the restaurant was only half full and the only a few people at the bar. The food was underwhelming, tried the dishes "the foodies" and "the food critics" raved about; octopus was good (Uncle Boons around the corner is much better), potatoes were chunky home fries and extremely salty; meatballs were overcooked, again very salty; smoked sweetbread with chicken butter & maple was too smokey overpowering the palette and leaves a smokey aftertaste, same for the duck. A very disappointing meal. Staff dress code is very casual, but patron dress code "smart casual" (noted on website), and there were some patrons in jeans and flip-flops, very confusing. Servers were attentive."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This place rocks the music which can impede conversation but who cares when the food is so good and the service is so warm and attentive? Danny Meyer on steroids. Love it."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Food is always great. Service was off for the first time. Our waiter was good. However, wine list is massive and on two prior visits, the sommelier was prompt and great with suggestions, but this time had to wait a long time and she was not knowledgeable. Even after wine selected, it came to table incredibly slow. It was a disappointing start but the kitchen made up for it. The food is really special."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I ate here after the NY Times restaurant critic put it on his top ten for 2013. I wasn't disappointed. Inspired menu -- and with small plates you get automatically get to sample lots of dishes."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "While the restaurant itself was gorgeously decorated the food and service was nowhere up to the same par. Myself and my friend were not very hungry and had only stopped in for small bite to eat. The waitress was incredibly pushy that we need to order more upfront instead of letting us eat what we had ordered and then deciding if we needed more or not. For me, that's not what good service about. Good service is about making sure your guests needs are met what ever they are. The food quality was inconsistent. One dish we ordered was really great but everything else was okay to blah. Most of the dishes felt like they had not been completely thought out and didn't feel anywhere near as special as they could have."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "all other dishes than raw are too salty, not worth to go at all."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Wow! This was such a great experience! Knowledgeable sommelier, and the food was delicious! the fluke, octapus, cod and squid were fivine, the veggies all terrific. It is a bit noisy though....."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We arrived with only 2 out of our party of 3, and were asked to wait at the bar for our table. Once our entire party had arrived, there was an additional 20 minute wait for our table. What could have been a negative was quickly turned into a positive experience by the great staff who offered us some complimentary dishes to sample while we waited, as well as expert advice on the wine list. The food was sublime, and we all agreed we would come back early and often!"
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "This is definitely one of my new favorites. From the design of the space to how genuinely friendly and helpful the whole staff was (they opened the door for us as we entered!) but completely unpretentious and not stuffy at all. On top of that the food was fun and beautifully presented and because it's all small plates you get to try many things. The lamb belly was a standout! Also the Somm was great and the wine she picked was delicious. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Some really amazing finds here, particularly in the raw section (hangar steak tartar, fluke, scallop, tea cured salmon). Not a bad bite in the bunch."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "In just about every facet this place is worth a recommendation. The food was creative and executed superbly. The wine list was full of unique items while the only knock I might give the By-the-glass list was relatively short although it did include three options for sherry which we ordered from for the first course. Service was coming from all directions and yet it didn't feel bothersome. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "I went for dinner on a Friday with my 22-year-old daughter. We had a great time--arrived 5 minutes late, table was ready, service was friendly but not too familiar. We weren't rushed and enjoyed all our dishes, especially the salmon to start and the lamb belly. Great selection of wines, at good price ranges. Yes, music is loud, but it's a very good playlist and it doesn't keep you from having a conversation. I'd be happy to go back."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "At first I was concerned that I had booked a noisy, trendy restaurant for a group of business associates who were "past their prime". Well they absolutely loved it! They did not mind the music level or the fact that they brought the average age of patrons and staff up considerably. Some are real "foodies" and took photos of every course and enjoyed each taste sensation as we all did. One person suffered from allergies and they even had a special menu that he could choose from. The waiter looking after us was exceptional. I'd go back in a heart beat."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This had been on my list of "must try" restaurants. The food was good, but nothing special and gives new meaning to small.....plates. Wine list (which they are known for) is quite nice. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Loved the menu with delicate small portions. We stopped at 5 courses that we shared. We tasted 8-10 great dishes. Good wine. Good service. Also great value."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "While the food is unique and notable on it's own, the wine list is the real star. The prices are much more reasonable than most anywhere else in NYC. However, the music is a bit loud making it somewhat difficult to talk over the table. Perfect for a date whom you don't want to talk to. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It was our first night in NYC. I'd somehow found this place myself and what a find! Food was fresh & great, wine was wonderful. Service was great too. Great chilled atmosphere on a Friday night for late night dining. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "A treat for my taste buds. Almost licked the plates! The sweetbreads and squid were amazing! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "outstanding food; loud music; dishes were creative, special and ideal for sharing. the only let down were the desserts which were too conceptual and cute. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone seeking excellent food at a reasonable price"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We were so excited to finally try Pearl and Ash, and we were not disappointed. The wine menu is extensive, containing a wide range of grapes, regions, and prices. The sommelier was very helpful in narrowing down our choices. The menu is comprised of small plates, so we got several to share with each other. We had vegetable dishes, raw, meat, fish...and all of them were packed with flavor. The food is upscale while the service is friendly and approachable. It made for an excellent dining experience."
    Dined on 5/18/2014