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Michelin-Starred Jewel Bako Team Pulls in a Brooklyn Fare Alum for New Tasting Counter

Restaurant Ukiyo offers à la carte and tasting menus in an intimate space

Marco Prins stands in front of Ukiyo
Chef Marco Prins at Ukiyo
Photo via Ukiyo

Jack and Grace Lamb recently transformed their East Village chef’s counter restaurant Degustation into a new chef’s counter restaurant called Restaurant Ukiyo at 239 East Fifth St., near Second Avenue. The Lambs run Jewel Bako, the Michelin-starred sushi omakase next door.

They brought on chef Marco Prins from the Netherlands to helm an à la carte and tasting menus of French cuisine with Japanese and other international influences. Dishes like toast with smoked eel, creme fraiche, and avocado cream, as well as a “parfait of foie gras” with crispy rice make up the menu. More substantial fare like lamb with morels, black garlic, ramps, and peas and a halibut with dashi hollandaise rounds things out. Prins is no stranger to the chef’s counter setting: He previously worked at ultra-luxe Brooklyn Fare for four years.

A five-course menu at Restaurant Ukiyo costs $75, and an eight course menu costs $125. The $12 Japanese tea service comes with Genmaicha tea, chocolate mousse, crispy caramel, and a lemon madeleine.

Jewel Bako is one of the city’s top sushi restaurants, maintaining a Michelin star for the last 13 years. A small walkway connects Ukiyo, which has 18 counter seats in its intimate setting, to its sister sushi restaurant.

Ukiyo opens for dinner Tuesday through Saturday at 6 p.m., staying open until 11 p.m. during the week and until 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Restaurant Ukiyo

239 East Fifth St., New York, NY 10003