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).

Lower East Side Restaurant Contra Wins a Michelin Star

Photo from Taquitoria's Instagram.

Photo from Taquitoria’s Instagram.

What do you do if you’ve just won a coveted star from the latest edition of the Michelin Guide? If you’re the guys from Orchard Street’s Contra, you apparently head on over to your neighbors at Taquitoria (168 Ludlow St.) for an impromptu celebration.

In a press release put out yesterday, here’s what Michelin had to say about Contra, which received a single star:

Lower East Side’s Contra joins the one stars under the capable leadership of co-owners and head chefs Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone who have thrilled frugal high-end food enthusiasts with a six-course $67 tasting menu that has evolved recently to offer an enjoyable balance in creative contemporary concepts with high-quality taste.

The only other Lower East Side restaurant to make the selective list is Rebelle on the Bowery. But quite a few spots in the neighborhood landed on the Bib Gourmand honor roll, which is made up of slightly more affordable eateries. Here are Michelin’s top spots on the LES (below East Houston Street) and in Chinatown:

Check out Eater for the full Bib Gourmand list, including a bunch of East Village restaurants.