Pearl & Ash

A friend, who used to live in NYC, was in town for the week and requested that we explore a trendy, new restaurant for dinner.  Feeling a bit too old for the scenes at the Meatpacking District, we ended up at Pearl & Ash. 

The space felt warm and inviting.  Various design elements kept  my eyes bouncing around the room.  

 PORK MEATBALLS, SHIITAKE, BONITO, SOPPRESSATA

PORK MEATBALLS, SHIITAKE, BONITO, SOPPRESSATA

The menu was designed with sharing in mind.  

The octopus was too charred for my taste. The portion was also tiny!

 OCTOPUS, SUNFLOWER SEED, SHISO

OCTOPUS, SUNFLOWER SEED, SHISO

The cod was fresh and flaky. I love how the chef added a simple flavor like coconut and completely transformed the dish to something different. 

 COD, COCONUT, THAI BASIL, LEMONGRASS

COD, COCONUT, THAI BASIL, LEMONGRASS

 CAULIFLOWER, HAZELNUT, SHISHITO

CAULIFLOWER, HAZELNUT, SHISHITO

 POTATOES, PORCINI MAYO, CHORIZO

POTATOES, PORCINI MAYO, CHORIZO

I expected the meat dishes to be more substantial. It felt like each dish was a little bit of a tease. 

 DUCK, TURNIP

DUCK, TURNIP

 FLAT IRON, BROCCOLINI, CHICKPEA-TAHINI

FLAT IRON, BROCCOLINI, CHICKPEA-TAHINI

It was impossible to know what kind of desserts we would be getting by reading the menu description. Our waiter was no help either.  Thankfully, the ones we chose turned out nicely. Both of the desserts were both beautiful and tasty. 

 BANANA, MUSCAT GRAPE, CASHEW

BANANA, MUSCAT GRAPE, CASHEW

 STRAWBERRY, PISTACHIO, GRAHAM CRACKER

STRAWBERRY, PISTACHIO, GRAHAM CRACKER

Verdict: AA-.  Good restaurant for groups.  More opportunity to sample more dishes and hopefully the socializing will distract one from noticing the small portion size.

Pearl & Ash
220 Bowery (Between Prince & Spring St.)
http://www.pearlandash.com