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There’s a lot to love about David Bouley’s latest innovation, Brushstroke, but you’ll want to arrive armed with tips on the best dishes to sample and sakes to sip. Here’s a narrowed list of five things you should know about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant:
1. Reservations are required. If you want to enjoy one of Brushstroke’s superb tasting menus, you can’t just stroll in and hope to snag a table; you need to make a reservation, since walk-ins are not allowed here. But you’re always more than welcome to order off the New York restaurant’s à la carte menu in the first-come, first-served lounge.
2. Seasonality reigns supreme. Brushstroke’s three Japanese tasting menus are based on a 20-phase seasonal calendar, meaning you shouldn’t expect to find the same dishes on December’s menu as you would on May’s. Instead, you’ll feast on produce and products that are fresh in that moment.
3. Vegetarians are valued. Japanese cuisine — with its bounty of seafood and meats — isn’t always vegetarian friendly, but Brushstroke’s chefs have devised a seven-course $75 tasting menu perfect for the non-meat eaters in your party.
4. Cocktails are killer. Your dinner at the New York restaurant will not be complete without one of Gen Yamamoto’s expertly crafted concoctions. Trust us: The Ginger is a zingy treat for your tongue.
5. Devil’s in the design details. At first glance, Brushstroke’s sleek interior isn’t terribly noteworthy, but take a closer look and you’ll spy little touches that are sure to put a smile on your face, such as the three cheeky dioramas inset into the Japanese restaurant’s walls, or the layers of 25,000 recycled books that comprise the paneling of the bar area.