631 Grand Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Cuisine: Sushi, Pan-Asian
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Sun-Thurs 12pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 12pm-Midnight
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: L to Lorimer St. or Graham Ave.
A former Williamsburg pet shop has now rolled over to become this pan-Asian restaurant featuring Chinese, Japanese and Malaysian plates—not to mention a ginormous menu. “Really? I think it’s small!” jokes co-owner Eric Ong. Really—it’s not! There are almost 30 appetizers alone, plus fried rice, curry, entrees, noodles, and a telephone directory’s worth of rolls and sashimi. Ong, who is Malaysian, gives a shout-out to his motherland with dishes like kueh teow (a kind of flat noodle, available with chicken or shrimp), an Ipoh-style spicy calamari and Nonya fried rice prepped with chili paste. The space itself is an eye-catcher: sorta Asian (Buddha statues), sorta mod (knockoff Eames chairs), very Williamsburg (granny-chic wallpaper…on the ceiling).
NY Mag says:
Williamsburg folks near the Lorimer stop have a pan-Asian option in Hachi Asian Bistro. The space has Buddha statues, Asian prints on distressed cement walls, and two chandeliers built from dark-colored glass bottles. One owner is Eric Ong, of Nana in Park Slope, and specialty rolls like the bullet — shrimp tempura with avocado and spicy garlic-chile sauce — share space on the menu with a mix of curry, noodle, and sauté dishes, plus some oddities like a sushi pizza and King Crab fajitas.