Bar Uchū on Eldridge Street Gains a Michelin Star

Bar Uchū, 217 Eldridge St.

Bar Uchū, 217 Eldridge St.

It’s a very good day for Bar Uchū, the exclusive sushi counter at 217 Eldridge St. In an announcement made a short time ago, the new Lower East Side sushi destination joined six other restaurants as first-time Michelin starred establishments in New York City.

In a press release, Michelin said of Bar Uchū, which just opened this past summer:

The Lower East Side earns its second Michelin-starred restaurant with Bar Uchū, a high-end concept with a kaiseki-inspired tasting menu. Here, head chef Samuel Clonts, formerly of Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, brings his talents for crafting remarkable seafood dishes to the tasting menu.

Bar Uchū is one of 56 NYC restaurants with one star in the new Michelin Guide. Last yearFabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone’s highly regarded Orchard Street restaurant, Contra, won a Michelin star. Rebelle on the Bowery also has a star (it’s not considered a Lower East Side restaurant for some reason).

There are actually two restaurants within 217 Eldridge St. The first is Uchū Sushi Bar, a 10-seat counter overseen by legendary sushi chef Eiji Ichimura. Bar Uchū, on the other hand, has eight seats and offers, “guests (an) avant-garde reinterpretation of the traditional Japanese kaiseki-style dining experience.” The menu is $200, plus another $150 for the beverage pairing.

Last week, Michelin announced its 2018 Bib Gourmand winners (this is the guide’s listing of more affordable establishments).

Celebrated Sushi Chef David Bouhadana Hopes to Open Restaurant at 217 Eldridge St.

217 Eldridge St. Photo via LoopNet.

217 Eldridge St. Photo via LoopNet.

Acclaimed sushi chef David Bouhadana is aiming to open a new spot at 217 Eldridge St., the former home of shuttered Italian spot Apizz.

According to documents filed with Community Board 3, he and Derek Feldman will be going for a full liquor permit in the 1200 square foot space near Stanton Street.  Bouhadana has been sushi chef at many places, including Morimoto, Sushi Uo (on Rivington Street), Hatsuhana and 15 East. In October of last year, he departed Sushi Dojo, the much-loved 1st Avenue restaurant, after the health department temporarily closed the business.  Bouhadana went public with an indictment of the city health guidelines, which he said failed to take into account the special needs of sushi chefs.

The corporate name on the application is Nishiwaki LLC. Elsewhere in the application, the restaurant is referred to as Sushi Bouhadana. The restaurant would have 39 seats. The owners are requesting a 2 a.m. closing time.  Community Board 3’s liquor licensing committee meets May 16, 6:30 p.m., at 10 Stanton St.

The former Apizz space has been advertised online, with a “4 a.m. liquor license” at a rate of $7500 per month.