Tucked in the courtyard behind the sprawling Japan Village market and food hall in Brooklyn’s Industry City is a new extension of WakuWaku, an izakaya counter in the market. Partly open wooden structures designed to look like traditional Japanese houses, with plexiglass panels between tables, have been installed for year-round outdoor dining.

There are also open-air tables, and the counter will remain open. The vast menu features Japanese Wagyu, notably a 6-ounce rib-eye steak finished on a tabletop grill, as well as sushi, sashimi, dumplings (including cheese won tons), udon noodle soup, yakitori skewers, fried kushi-age skewers, and small plates like grilled smelts, shiitakes stuffed with shrimp, and corn tempura. Larger dishes include salmon teriyaki, sukiyaki, shabu shabu and that Wagyu rib-eye.

*This is an excerpt from the original New York Times story published on March 16, 2021; to read the full article, click here.

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