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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Pearl and Ash reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (110)notable wine list (88)hot spot (59)neighborhood gem (47)good for groups (36)special occasion (32)vibrant bar scene (30)romantic (22)late-night find (15)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • excellent food and service
    Hcl10VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Table 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - service mediocre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Great food...sharing plates...and great cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for small groups too
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    This 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 delicious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tops!
    Billz
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Small plates like no other. Fabulous wine list too. The menu is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    Sarafda
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    In 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:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    Paco
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I 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:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • very nice food
    incredible
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Food was great. Highlight for the meatballs with bonito flakes and the amazing Potatoes with porcini mayo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pearl & Ash - What a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CBT1668534106
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    An 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:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, great service
    anvasqu
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Huntington
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    It was our first time to restaurant. We enjoyed our evening and all the reccomendations the server made for us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Literally, small plates
    GourmetmomVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    While 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:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great vibe
    Heils
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a lovely experience - really good and friendly service. Food great and an amazing wine list. Really cool fit out and vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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%.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Surprisingly good
    WastrainedbymyGrandmaVIP
    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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic