Brushstroke, the latest addition to the David Bouley empire
If you haven't been down to Tribeca in awhile, go. The neighborhood is transforming on a daily basis. More restaurants, more stores, more of basically everything. Once a gritty funky neighborhood now a suburb of NYC.
We stopped by Brushstroke to see if we could get a seat at the bar, no worries. The place is pretty empty. You can either sit in the main dining room in seats or at the sushi bar. You can also sit in the lounge that also has a small bar and a few seats and places to sit. A nice option. The main dining room serves an 8 course tasting menu and the bar area is a la carte. We opted for the latter.
The restaurant is beautifully done. The walls have stacking pieces of wood that just slightly jut out unevenly. There is even a small cut out at different places in the walls that show a small diarama of miniature people doing something. It is very cool. Light ash wood is the constant color. The coloring reminds me of Yasuda Sushi.
The attention to detail starts the minute you walk in the door. The restaurant is really beautiful and serene. The staff is attentive. The place is stocked with open refrigerators stocked with interesting sakes and even a few scotches from Japan sitting on the shelf. The food was quite good and some of it was a definite OMG. But it will interesting to see if they survive. Incredibly expensive. Beyond. Most Japanese restaurants of this caliber reside in midtown. There is a reason for that and it is called expense account.
I will definitely go back and have the 8 course tasting menu but I will brace myself for when the check comes.