‘Uchu’ Sushi Bar Should Open on Eldridge Street in 2 Weeks [Updated]
It’s time to revisit Sushi Bouhadana, now known as Uchu, the Eldridge Street omakase and whiskey lounge in the works by the (ungloved) hand of Sushi Dojo vet David Bouhadana. He and partner Derek Feldman purchased the remainder of the lease and other assets from Apizz, which shuttered in February 2016.
Update: we are told by Uchu PR that Bouhadana is no longer part of this project or Sushi on Jones.
Until now, detecting true progress had been difficult here given the Fort Knox-like seal. However, earlier this spring, the last remnants of the predecessor were removed from the exterior of 217 Eldridge Street, and a fresh facade of masonry applied. Work is speeding toward conclusion, with an expected opening date two weeks from now.
Liquor license was approved by the State Liquor Authority last week.
Uchu was supposed to open last November and made all the Fall restaurant guides. Perhaps the delay is owed to the preoccupation with his other sushi counter at the nascent Bowery Market.
Its arrival at Eldridge Street marks the second such high-end sushi joint within a block.
As for the whiskey lounge component, Uchu agreed to stipulations that included a concession of 1am closing all days. There had been concern at the Community Board level about late closing on an overly residential block, but Bouhadana argued that the tasting table nature of the establishment and its high price points would deter any crowding.