Pearl and Ash
Pearl and Ash

Pearl and Ash

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pearlandash.com/
  • Phone: 2128372370
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 12:00am,
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,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

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Pearl and Ash reviews from OpenTable diners
162 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (117)notable wine list (103)hot spot (75)neighborhood gem (47)special occasion (43)vibrant bar scene (36)good for groups (29)romantic (24)late-night find (19)great for outdoor dining (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food but misguided ambience
    rehellman
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    If 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.
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  • tasty small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    But 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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The 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...
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  • Great food and service
    Dave83
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Really nice place with brilliant service and grrreeat food. Especially The duck and The salmon entre. Music was good but a bit loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pearl and Ash
    rrpino
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal & wine!
    BanannieNYC
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    feed 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.
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  • fun spot - good food great wine
    PN117
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    we 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:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come for the wine
    madsbjergVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food is ok but the wine list is spectacular. Prices are retail plus 30%.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NY Eater
    DLTM
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Service was pleasant but felt a little rushed, plates were cleared for the next course before we had finished the plates in front of us. This was even after I specified to the water that I wanted our meal to be spaced out. Food was overall good but a few dishes were over seasoned to the point of wanting to send them back to the kitchen. The space itself is nice and it has a fantastic wine list. Go for great wine and eat decent food when you are there.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mix It Up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Chose from a menu of small dishes in categories like "raw" or "sugar" and trust the chef to decide which ones work best together. Then enjoy your meal as the dishes come out 2 by 2. This creates the opportunity for surprises since the mix of ingredients, flavors and textures is a joint project of diner and chef. The cocktails are also non-standard concoctions, in a very good way and the restaurant has a really large, well curated, and expensive wine list. Thus was my second visit and I look forward to my third.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great food and service. I would highly recommend Pearl and Ash to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Deafening dinner
    QuietbelowVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    At a Saturday 9 pm dinner, the food was really superb, the service was outstanding and the sommelier was knowledgeable and extremely helpful. All of these wonderful things were ruined by a relentless, bass heavy playlist of thudding '80s hits taken straight out of a college frat party. It's not even that the songs were bad--it's that my dinner partner and I couldn't hear each other talk from across the table. The bass was rattling our ribcages. When we asked our server if it would be possible to have the music lowered just a bit, she did her best and asked the manager. The manager ignored the request and kept the din at club levels.
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  • Great Wine list
    SparkyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A relatively small restaurant - one page menu, one toilet and 77 page wine list!! The menu is all small plates (and they mean SMALL) and the choices are rather limited. The steak and porgy were good while the rest (cod, fluke and trout) were just OK. I fail to understand why such a small restaurant thinks that it must have a huge wine inventory. I suggest replace the wine storage for 5000 bottles with another toilet. Most customers will be happier with smaller wine choices and shorter toilet waits.
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  • Great food; Great wine
    mwneil
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Enjoyed our meal. Interesting small plates with reasonable and exciting wine list. Service was efficient and engaging. No attitude. We really had fun and enjoyed the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best wine list downtown.
    madsbjergVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Extreme wine list. The prices are so low. almost like retail prices. I have no idea how they do it.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two of the best meals in nyc!
    TravelingfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The bread, pork meatballs, and duck brought me to tears. I have tried 4 of the restaurants from the New York Times best new restaurants 2013 list and this is the best (along with sushi nakazawa but thats like comparing apples to oranges.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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  • Surprisingly good
    WastrainedbymyGrandma
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Pearl and ash was a great place to dine. My g/f took me there for my birthday dinner and was pleasantly surprised at how well the food was prepared and served. Wouldn't change a thing about my night at the small plates/tapas restaurant. My g/f and I had 7 dishes and they were just the right size to keep us full but not needing to be rolled out of there. Good job Pearl & Ash good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    So excited and pleased with Pearl & Ash... Made a reservation on Open Table and read the reviews. Most were positive but was a little leary with some of the others. Well....did this restaurant make an impact on me!! Service was great...was greeted promptly and asked if we wanted to start with something sparkly...of course I do! Menu was described and plates were recommended. We ordered 7 plates and they were brought out in pairs. Everything was delicious, prepared perfectly. Loved the cod and the cauliflower was mouthwatering. I think my fave was the cheese platter. The dunbarton was paired with chocolate shavings...WOW...what a party in your mouth. We paired the cheese and dessert with a great reisling. I highly recommended Pearl & Ash!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh and Delightful
    Sparkie
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Had the freshness and smell of my grandfathers garden. Octopus was amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try
    Buffett99VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Meatballs and cauliflower are amazing. Great mixture of American tapas with Japanese influences
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Wine choices and all dishes are, literally, extraordinary offering diversity, surprise and deep satisfaction. The service is extremely special - attentive and personal without being fussy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hot Spot
    attentiondinersVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cool decor awesome food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What funky decor! Every single dish we ordered was awesome! Great service. definitely come again...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just great
    TalulahVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The food was amazing, service was nice and helpful but not overly attentive. We had an amazing time with my husband.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No good flavors from kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
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  • bleh
    toolhandflukeVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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
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  • Great spot
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Good range of dishes. Graet music. Excellent service. Great for any occasion. Never disappoints
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overhyped
    BKfoodlvr
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    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.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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.
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    notable wine list
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  • Nice food, great wine list but...
    FanfarloVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great wine & small plates
    sbh246
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Whoa..to loud talk
    LovesPinotNoir
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Good Food. Service not so much.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
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  • terrific small plates meal, but
    billlVIP
    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
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    fit for foodies
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  • Itzy bitzy
    MikeS1
    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
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  • Needs a better system
    MarleyVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Fresh tastes - vibrant atmosphere
    MissSuisse
    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!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful experience..
    Lizzynj
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.