One of the big surprises of the Michelin Guide reveal was the omission of Tribeca critical darling Ichimura at Brushtroke, which previously held two stars. As it turns, out, the four-year-old sushi bar attached to Brushstroke recently lost its star chef, Eiji Ichimura. He served his last meal at the restaurant a week and a half ago, and now he’s focusing on his forthcoming solo project. Ichimura’s team applied for a liquor license at 69 Leonard Street at the end of the summer, and word on the street is that the chef’s new 10 seat counter — called Ichimura — could open by the end of the year.
Back at Brushstroke, David Bouley and chef Isao Yamada have introduced a new sushi kaiseki in the bar area. Guests get 11 courses for $125, and the meal includes steamed sushi, sushi in wood containers, and fish that’s been smoked and cured. Brushstroke also has a new private dining space that seats 18 to 30 guests for kaiseki meals. Reservations can be made by calling (917) 237-3205.
Soon, David Bouley will close his flagship restaurant Bouley and move it to a smaller space on Harrison Street, and he previously announced plans to consolidate some of his other holdings into one space, but Brushstroke will stay put. Stay tuned for more details on Ichimura’s new solo project as they become available.