No restaurant ever achieved a Michelin Star without displaying a significant amount of ambition. The name of this restaurant translates as ‘universe’ and, having been awarded two stars, they’re certainly living up to the label. Uchu restaurant contains only ten seats but it feels like a self-contained galaxy, far removed from its Lower East Side surrounds.
You might expect a restaurant called ‘universe’ to serve eclectic food, but instead it focuses on Japanese cuisine and provides it with a standard of excellence. We’d expect nothing less from chef Eiji Ichimura, who built his reputation with a self-titled eatery in Tribeca before partnering with Derek Feldman for this new venture. The food doesn’t come from far and wide, either; in fact, much of the fruit and vegetable content of the menu is grown on the restaurant’s roof.
Because of the exclusivity that comes with having so few seats, Uchu restaurant serves only twice a day; once at 6pm and once at 9pm, and only from Tuesday to Saturday. If you’re lucky enough to get a reservation, you can look forward to a $300 tasting menu of between 18 and 22 courses made using the best seafood ingredients money can buy.
As you might expect from both the price and the grand concept, dinner at Uchu is a refined and sophisticated occasion. That means a business casual dress code is enforced, and no shorts, sweat pants or caps are allowed. Dress to impress and enjoy.
Michelin Stars: 2
Address: 217 Eldridge Street
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