The owner of Ako Sushi in Williamsburg is the latest restaurateur to open a new dining option on Nassau Avenue adjacent to McCarren Park. Chef Nick Wang opened Amami Bar and Restaurant this week, expanding on his popular Bedford Avenue restaurant with this spot, offering more of a pan-Japanese menu of sushi, yakitori, ramen and other snacks. [Read more…]
Good in the Hood: In this feature we take a further look at the restaurants around the neighborhood.
205 Grand St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Scene: Once you get inside Samurai Mama, you realize you’re in a much more raw and rustic experience than your usual polished, clinical, neon, bright Japanese restaurant. A sister establishment to both Bozu and Bushwick’s Momo Sushi Shack — Samurai Mama is best known for some of the best udon, kitsune and appetizers around town. A hidden gem that doesn’t get the praise of every food blog that sets the tastes for this town, yet is always consistently good and one of the rare places where you can always experiment and know you will get a high quality dish that satisfies.
Who It’s For: If you prefer cream cheese, mayo and 4 types of fish wrapped around a $20 sushi roll or can’t understand why ramen is $13 when it was $.99 in your dorm room, this place is not for you. You go here to appreciate a simple dish that has really good ingredients, not flair and fireworks. The noodles are hand-crafted and paired with some of the most flavorful broths you will have. All of these appetizers and sushi dishes are simple in order to not distract from the flavor. No gimmicks or crazy colored flakes anywhere — just simple, good Japanese food.