brushstroke

4.5
937 reviews
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$50 and over
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Japanese

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About

Brushstroke presents an inspired modern adaptation of kaiseki cuisine by Chef Isao Yamada who is pedigree of Japan's Tsuji Culinary institution; seasonally focused tasting & A la carte menus that change throughout the year.
Lunch and Dinner are available.
Our menus offered in the main dining room showcase a wide range of Japanese cuisine. Options include Chef Yamada's 8-Course Kaiseki menu starting at $170 per person and a 5-Course seasonal menu at $85 per person, and A la carte menu. Vegetarian tasting 8-course is also available starting at $135 and a 5 course menu at $85 per person.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Kaiseki, Sushi
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Hours of operation
Lunch:
Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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

Closed on Sundays
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Phone number
(212) 791-3771
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Isao Yamada
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Private party facilities
The Main Dining Room can accomodate 60 for a seated dinner. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Duane Street & Hudson Street
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Parking details
Public parking garage located at the corner of Hudson and Reade Streets.
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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.
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Special events & promotions
Brushstroke has a lovely private dining room that can be booked for intimate family gatherings or corporate affairs. The room can accommodate up to 24 seated guests for dinner. Please call us to book your next event.
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.5

In our heads, Brushstroke was going to be a Golden Girls version of Nobu – which is becoming pretty golden itself. Luckily, we were way off base. The crowd at Brushstroke might be older, but this place is anything but old.

Ratings 8.0-8.5:The best way to think about restaurants in the low to mid 8′s is that these are the places you would absolutely go back to, anytime. These restaurants are ones that you want to bring a friend to, just so they can also experience the duck carnitas, or burger, or whatever dish the place is known for.
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SC
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every morsel of the Kaiseki lunch was outstanding! Service also top notch. One of my go to restaurants!

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brush stroke is an elegant, refined, and authentic Japanese seasonally inspired ingredients cuisine called, “Kaiseki.” Marticulously prepared finest ingredients at the height of its nutrients and flavor in the traditional and refreshing twist of fine culinary art awaits here. With calming and beautiful setting of the atomosphere and the attention to detailed chef’s art and the refined service of waiter and waitress are just pleasant. Thank you...

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g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Very disappointing. Quality of fish was not good enough for the price. Prefixed menu took over 20min between each course. Our meal took over 2 1/2 hours because of the pre fixed. Menu online is not the same as in restaurant. Much more limited at the restaurant. Overall, not worth it for the price.

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S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breathtakingly good kaiseki meal , very innovative , delicious . A stand out Japanese and well worth a detour. The lunch Kaiseki is great value at $75 each . Truly exceptional place.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thank you so much for a precious time on date with my wife.

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E
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

everything is great, one of the top place for kaiseki

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MG
New England
22 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Some nice dishes and flavors, but the overall experience was disappointing. Didn’t help that the restaurant was mostly empty (Thursday 9pm in TriBeCa). Lacked style or flair or something....

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p
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Yamada's creation is always amazing! We had great time! We'll be back soon for sure!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the amuse bouche and all other dishes

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SY
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and service but location is so so

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OL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the chef’s menu. $175 per person. Expected higher end food at each course. The waygu steak was amazing. We ordered another serving for 2 for $110. The sushi was average at best. Service was attentive. Restaurant was empty.

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y
Chicago
56 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would expect better experience with price we paid.

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HM
Memphis
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food and kitchen staff is incredible. We sat at the kitchen bar, and it was exciting to watch them work. Service was not so great. We did not get the first two dishes we ordered, which were the reason we chose Brushstroke. By the time we realized that they were forgotten, we were full on complimentary dishes from the chef.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything about our dinner at Brushstroke was anywhere from very good to perfect. Everything that we ordered was amazing! We decided to order a la Carte rather than the set menu and the ‘toro 3 ways’ was definitely the piece de resistance.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Would recommend to those whom like to indulge in unique end of cuisine. Each item though small was exquisitely prepared and presented. The meal I would almost describe as an experience. Unfortunately I was till hungry and being on a low carb diet ordered one more course to have with my dates dessert. The last course of Pork Mimigar Kale salad was a disappointment. The Kale salad was quite good. The pork was chewy and strong. I could not swallow the last piece. I would not let this deter me from a return. 7 out of 8 items where incredible.

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RS
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The ramen here was the best I’ve had here in the US and it’s comparable to the ramen I’ve had in Japan.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Had rice in caypot with beef. Beef was horrible. Meat course and tough. For the price wygu beef shud be used. Duck ok but not impressed. Chawan mushi was warm with cold spot. Unbelievable

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a summer special bluefin tuna menu this time. All the ingredients are very fresh and tasty. Great value too.

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S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Chef Yamada Kasieki and it was delicious, my favorite was the Iwate wagyu sirloin.

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m
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very disappointing food. I love every Bouley restaurant but this was a disappointment. Value for the money js non existent. And I am a regular at Bouley Test kitchen and have no issue spending when the food is worth it.

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l
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great chirachi. One of the best I have ever had. Authentic Japanese food and service.

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Honestly I was disappointed. The meal started off with our drinks being delivered to the wrong table. After that, we had the 4 fish sashimi and two of the fish were riddled with tendons and difficult to eat, not great. The chirashi was OK but wasn’t nearly worth the 95 dollar price tag. In general... meh. There are at least 20 or 30 better sushi restaurants in NYC that I’d rather eat at.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was really good and has very good drinks

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

$ 170 Omakase was a creative kaiseki cuisine.
Fresh sashimi and eel was melted in mouth!

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t
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The kaiseki menu is $170 but the food is not deserved. Very disappointed about the quality and the taste. Not recommended this restaurant at all. Haven’t tried the 5 seasons course mean, maybe this is better than the kaiseki.

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C
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent japanese restaurant with extraordinary food. Expensive but worth it

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t
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brushstroke continues to offer one of the most delicious kaiseki dinners around, better even than many high-end kaiseki restaurants in Japan. You could see even at his now-closed restaurant, Bouley, how important Japanese cuisine has been to this talented French-trained chef, and here he returns the favor by infusing a classical Japanese meal with the complexity of French cuisine. It ain’t cheap, but if you can afford it it’s great meal in a beautiful rustic room (designed by the famous Tokyo design firm, Superpotato).

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Poor service. Bad value for the money. Don't go.

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WF
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of NYC most underrated restaurants. The food quality and presentation are among the best in the city and the overall experience matches any fine-dining restaurant.

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O
E. Tennessee
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very unique tasting menu experience. I would highly recommend the larger tasting menu with wine/sake pairing. We even got to sit at the counter and watch all the food being prepared- which made it even more special. The waiter and sommelier were both highly knowledgeable. Would go back in a heartbeat!

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MB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food prepared in front of you to the highest standards.

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LS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The place was practically empty. The air conditioning was on full blast and we asked a couple times for them to turn it down and they said it “might” be broken. The menu is very limited and as lovely as the tasting menu is it is very bad value for $170. The al a carte doesn’t have much selection. The staff weren’t very helpful and even had to keep checking the piece of paper in his pocket when presenting the dishes for the tasting menu.

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H
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service! Best restaurant we had in New York City!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exquisite, special, yet expensive experience. Impeccable service with meticulous plating of dynamic and flavorful courses. Highly recommend to anyone who holds themselves out as a foodie.

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I have been used to dine at Brushstroke for special occasions for several years.
I really liked the wagyu beef at this place when it was served on a warm stone or more recently with a casserol of black mushrooms, but yesterday it was served on salad and in no time the meat was cold. thus the only impress you get in the mouth is the one of a fatty meat with salade and dressing. It is criminal to use such a good ingregient and to sabotage it.
The chef would be well inspired to get back to traditional approaches, guess what, they are traditional because they work.
Basically quality is going down month after month at brushstroke. it is still ok but it was used to be exceptionnal.
Wake up please!

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J
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Wonderful food, but would be enhanced by more formal service and a more interesting environment.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Japanese food we have had in nyc. Memorable.

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C
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a pleasure dining here. The food is consistently delicious and the plating is beautiful. We are always delighted with the seasonal surprises that they incorporate into the menu. The open kitchen is clean and neatly run. Service is like clockwork, but friendly and knowledgeable.

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Very talented chef, but the rest is unfortunately and sadly damaged by unprofessional team service.

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