Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 05/06/2015

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  • Ganso Yaki
    515 Atlantic Ave., 646-927-0303, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
    Japanese-style fried chicken and all kinds of street-food-inspired yaki are primed to pluck with chopsticks, like yaki shumai (pan-fried pork and vegetable dumplings) and yaki onigiri (grilled rice balls with soy sauce and miso glaze). Okonomiyaki, an Osaka specialty, is wonderful, a fluffy pancake threaded with cabbage and pork belly, topped with creamy mayo and fluttering bonito flakes and served in a skillet that keeps it scorching hot till the last bite. Ganso Yaki is convenient to Barclays Center and a sister restaurant to the excellent Ganso Ramen in Downtown Brooklyn, both owned by food writer Harris Salat and chef Tadashi Ono. The cleanly designed corner space is appointed with Japanese pop-culture images, blond wood surfaces, slatted booths and walls clad in burnt cedar planks. There's a good selection of sake, Sapporo on draft and soothing teas served in ceramic bowls designed to be gripped with both hands.

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