Ganso Yaki Specializes in Okonomiyaki, Chicken Wings, and More Japanese Street Foods

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Okonomiyaki: classic Osaka-style cabbage-and-pork-belly savory pancake.
Okonomiyaki: classic Osaka-style cabbage-and-pork-belly savory pancake. Photo: Melissa Hom

Harris Salat and Tadashi Ono, the owners of the similarly named ramen restaurant, have opened a second concept: a downtown Brooklyn restaurant that focuses on Japanese-style grilling. The idea is that Ganso Yaki will feel like a traditional mom-and-pop spot in the Shitamachi area of Tokyo — Ono’s hometown.

The extensive menu includes some simple, straightforward dishes (crab croquettes, fried chicken, yellowtail collar), as well as some foods not typically prepared in New York: Tokyo-style soy-braised pork intestines, and minced-chicken yakitori with a quail egg and a “ten-thousand-year glaze.” Considering no item exceeds $18, it’s wise to bring a few friends and try as much of the menu as humanly possible. At the very least, see how Ganso Yaki’s much-hyped okonomiyaki compares to New York’s other cabbage pancakes.

Salmon Chan Chan: Sapporo-style, miso-grilled salmon.
Salmon Chan Chan: Sapporo-style, miso-grilled salmon. Photo: Melissa Hom
Ei-Hire, tatami iwashi, atarime: savory dry skate wing, baby
Ei-Hire, tatami iwashi, atarime: savory dry skate wing, baby Photo: Melissa Hom
Kamo nanban: soba, sliced duck breast, dashi broth.
Kamo nanban: soba, sliced duck breast, dashi broth. Photo: Melissa Hom
The guts of the okonomiyaki.
The guts of the okonomiyaki. Photo: Melissa Hom
The interior.
The interior. Photo: Melissa Hom

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Ganso Yaki, 515 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, (646) 927-0303

Ganso Yaki Specializes in Okonomiyaki, Chicken Wings, and More Japanese Street