30 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10013
What started out to be a painfully awkward lunch at Brushstroke became a surprisingly delicious one. LAW and I were invited by his parents’ friends for lunch at this fancy David Bouley restaurant. The restaurant is spacious and quiet (too quiet, though the bottle of wine fixed that). We each had the $55 lunch tasting menu, which came with an amuse bouche (above), an appetizer, entree, rice bowl, and dessert (lots of food!). The amuse bouche was very tasty and light. Each bite was extremely different: one with a yuzu gelee, another with a smokey salmon, and the third with a cauliflower puree and truffle. Delicious.
There are five different apps to choose from. I chose the Pacific Jumbo Oyster with uni, bay scallop, and meyer lemon foam (yes, that egg-looking thing is actually a light, airy lemony foam…). This is one of the most umami things I’ve ever had. One bite with fresh oyster, uni, AND scallop?! *faints* So good.
For my entree, I picked the Skate Wing with Peruvian red shrimp, and a sweet vinegar dashi sauce. The skate wing was soooo tender and flakey. Very fresh. Naturally sweet. Light yet flavorful. Really great fish dish.
For my rice bowl, I picked the Kona Kanpachi Sashimi Yuzu-Miso over Rice. I’ve decided I’m now obsessed with anything yuzu. Yuzu is a citrus fruit that is a little grapefruity in that it’s a little bitter, but also has a sweet flavor like a mandarin orange. Kanpachi is an infant amberjack. The rice was also super high quality. One of the best rice bowls I’ve had. Makes me sad because I now inevitably compare every rice bowl I get (including my go-to at Soba-ya) to this
For dessert, I ordered the matcha ice cream with white chocolate and nigori-sake “dressing” (they call it an affogato). The sake sauce was warm and was poured over the cold matcha ice cream. Very interesting sweet and bitter flavors. An adult dessert.
Lunch was fantastic. Each dish was creatively crafted and delicious. The menu is a collab between Bouley and the The Tsuji Culinary Institute (not sure what that is but I’m certain it’s a fancy pants institution in Japan). Given the hefty price tag, I would save this spot for when the rents are in town or something. I usually hate pretentious, expensive lunch tasting menus, but this place is different in that you actually get a ton of food and every single dish is worth trying.