Boston has no shortage of excellent Japanese fare, but the new kid in town - Genki Ya in Brookline - is about the best there is for a price almost anyone can afford. Taking over the space Nori used to occupy, Genki Ya is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Genki Ya specializes in organic, all natural Japanese cuisine. Their large, diverse menu caters to vegans and omnivores alike, with something for everyone in between. Lunch specials run no higher than $12, some combos under $10. Appetizers range from simple miso and house salads to the more exotic (we recommend the Ohidashi, organic spinach with a delicious house sesame sauce). For the seafood lovers, be sure to try the Alligator and Crazy rolls - both huge and both wonderful. Vegetarians and vegans will be especially pleased to find a wide variety of veggie and fruit rolls, including our favorite Hawaii roll, mixing flavors from fresh mango, avocado, and tempura sweet potato. And, party platters for any size group are also available.
The place has been slammed since they opened several weeks ago, but their service is consistently friendly as they get into a solid groove. Good news travels fast. If you don’t opt for take-out, go for a late lunch on the weekend and hope you can find a seat!
Genki Ya, 398 Harvard Avenue, Brookline, (617) 277-3100
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