Thanks to a sexy space that's part futuristic bistro and part Nordic cubby hole, Pearl & Ash doesn't look like the most affordable place in the world, or even the Bowery. But GM Branden McRill -- who opened the joint with help from chef Richard Kuo (of Frej), former research biologist/ current cocktail master Eben Klemm, sommelier Patrick Cappiello — claims that "two people can try everything on the menu for just about $58 a head", and if you've seen Stuck On You, you should now have a pretty funny image in your own
From the street, Pearl & Ash doesn't amount to much more than another nondescript storefront on the Bowery. But the unassuming black facade is all part of the appeal of this swanky small plates restaurant. Chef Trae Basore doesn't adhere to a specific cuisine, instead, he uses obscure ingredients to craft plates like sweetbreads with bacon, avocado, and crawfish mousse, and chicken liver and foie gras torchon. Adventurous, communal food is the name of the game here, all served by a highly trained and attentive waitstaff.