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).