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“Have any of you ever eaten real Japanese food?”
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Ranked #1,362 of 14,015 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $0 - $50
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: TriBeCa
Cross street: Duane and Reade Streets
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.
Description: A collaborative effort of Chef David Bouley and Japan’s Tsuji Culinary Institute, Brushstroke presents an inspired modern adaptation of Kyoto's kaiseki cuisine: seasonally focused tasting menus that change throughout the year. Kaiseki menus in the main dining room showcase a wide range of Japanese cuisine, from delicate use of vegetables to sashimi, rice and wagyu. Options include the chef’s artisanal kaiseki menu ($135), the shorter tasting menu ($85) and the fully vegetarian tasting menu ($85). Please note that we do not offer a la carte. Sushi is offered exclusively in a separate area, where Chef Eiji Ichimura presents omakase ($160+) sushi dining. Reservations for sushi are not available online.
Reviewed November 24, 2013

What a HUGE disappointment....I do not want to boast but I have actually had the opportunity to travel and eat at amazing restaurants....I had heard great things about this place and was so excited to try. I was disappointed from the very start, the whole set menu was nothing fancy but usually the simplest foods can amaze. It went from bad to worse. The service was not too great, we had to ask for little things.....tea and petit fours which we knew were coming but never came so we asked and it was actually quite disgusting, those rice crackers, would have put the japanese to shame.....

It was not a cheap meal and I do not consider this at all fusion nor japanese dining.....would never go back nor recommend.

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Thank KMH6868
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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Having eaten at the tiny sushi bar (Ichimura at Brushstroke) nestled within Brushstroke and had a very good meal it seemed a good time to try the kaiseki in the main dining room. It was something or a disappointment.

While Ichimura is relaxed, quiet and intimate the main dining room is all hard surfaces and tremendous noise. Even though the room was less than half full during most of my meal the noise was deafening and the layout really allows for no quiet corners.

The 8 course kaiseki ($135 but supplements can easily push this way over $200 a head) started brilliantly. The first course of langoustine and scallop with a yuzu cream was one to savor and to remember and the chawan mush was a superb example of a dish that can be bland. Perhaps the truffles topping it were not as highly perfumed as one might expect at peak truffle time but the custard was delicate and the flavors subtle. The sashimi - worth the extra for the chef's special selection- was first rate. Does Ichimura's influence extend to the sourcing of the raw fish? The toro was as good as I have eaten at Jiro in Tokyo and the other 5 fishes were all as good as you get. Only the rather fussy presentation made this a less than absolutely perfect course.
The first cooked course - lobster and foie gras was also very very good with both the main components perfectly cooked.
However the second half of the meal failed to live up to the exceptional standards of the first. A hot squash soup served, rather perversely in a martini glass, was disgusting. It tasted much as it looked - sweet, bland, slimy - and had no distinguishing flavors.It was followed by duck great that was competent but again under seasoned and by a salmon and rice dish which was OK. Almost all the deserts were ice cream variations and if mine was anything to go buy someone should confiscated their ice cream machine. Again it was far too sweet, bland and slightly slimy - and looked really boring!
Service was not very good. A sneer from the waiter when choosing the environmentally friendly tap water in preference to the bottled (and therefore bill and tip enhancing alternatives) was not a good start. Being asked half way through each course and exactly when my mouth was full whether I was enjoying it became very intrusive and annoying yet when I left most of the soup no-one asked why.
One other high spot - they have a state of the art japanese loo - with a control panel like the space shuttle!

I suspect from the empty tables that brushstroke may not become a long term fixture on the NY dining scene. It is a shame because it could be a really good restaurant - if they could along deliver the quality of food embodied in the first four courses throughout the meal.... and do it with genuine charm.

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Reviewed November 12, 2013

THIS IS A MASTERPIECE. Over the last few years, we've been here a half dozen times. Service is flawless. Food presentation is gorgeous. One dish in particular, Chawan Mushi, was beyond spectacular. This is a very serious enterprise presented by professionals and done with light hand. Have the 6 course "tasting dinner" and don't choose things with up charges. There is no need to order more. This is a 2 1/2 hour commitment and well worth it. And, as Dale says, it's not expensive compared with flying to Tokyo.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

There are 3 Prix Fixe menus and one which is vegetarian, and the other two with a range of selections. The prices for the Vegetarian and Tasting Menu run $85/person and the Kaiseki $135. Of course some of the food selections may also carry an additional charge. This restaurant has no trouble when one person ordered Vegetarian, one person ordered the Tasting menu and the others ordered the Kaiseki, which is nice.

I tried the Kissui Rice Vodka, a different taste for vodka, and a nice change.

The "Modern" fusion dishes have exquisite subtle flavors and the presentation is excellent. Definitely worth the trip to this part of the City. Definitely a place for Foodies.

Reservations are a must.

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Thank Bruce C
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

This place is great! especially the rice dishes. Service is good and the bathroom is incredible! I really recommend that you go to the bathroom and check it out - totally unique experience even in a global city like nyc!

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Thank 335stephent
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