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Brooklyn Fare Alum Starts Japanese Tasting Menu in LES Next Week

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The eight-seat Bar at Uchu also has an extensive Japanese whiskey list

The bar at Uchu with high blue stools
Bar at Uchu
Bar at Uchu

The tiny LES Japanese restaurant that was previously planned for sushi chef David Bouhadana will instead soon open as a Japanese whiskey bar with a chef who’s an alum of Brooklyn Fare.

The eight-seat Bar at Uchu, at 217 Eldridge Street, debuts next Tuesday, June 13th with a kaiseki tasting menu from chef Samuel Clonts, who previously worked at the three Michelin-starred Brooklyn Fare. Here, the kaiseki — the name for the traditional Japanese seasonal tasting menus that have existed for centuries — will use at least some produce from the restaurant’s rooftop garden.

Each night, eight seats for the tasting menu will be available twice, starting at $200 per person. It’s accompanied by an extensive selection of Japanese whiskeys, part of the beverages manned by Prime Meats alum Frank Cisneros.

The restaurant — which owners are calling “ultra-exclusive” and aimed at “affluent” diners — will grow later this year with another tasting menu. That portion of the restaurant will be a 12-seat bar called just Uchu, and it will only serve a sushi omakase. No word yet on who will be the chef here.

Reservations can be made for Bar at Uchu by emailing the restaurant.

Owner Derek Feldman also owns pocket-sized omakase bar Sushi on Jones in the Bowery Market. He had previously teamed up with Bouhadana for that restaurant, and originally, the Eldridge Street space was supposed to be a venue for a Bouhadana comeback as well. The two suddenly parted ways earlier this year.


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