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Sneak Peek: Ganso Japanese Restaurant

by Maxwell Tielman

The block of Bond Street just off of the Fulton Mall in Brooklyn is not where one might expect to find a hot new restaurant. Although the surrounding area has been on the rise for quite some time, this little section seemed forever doomed to be home to a mismatched crowd of discount furniture shops, brick walls, and psychics. Not so anymore. A little more than a year ago, food writer and Japanese cuisine enthusiast Harris Salat decided to take a risk on the block and opened up a tiny ramen bar in what used to be a rundown pizza shop. Partnered with chef Ryuji Irie and the interior design firm Super Paprika, Salat sought to bring his own idea of modern Japanese comfort food and design to this small corner of Downtown Brooklyn. The result is Ganso— a restaurant that serves up not only updated takes on traditional Japanese food, but a killer sense of pared-down Japanese minimalism. From the moment one steps foot in Salat’s restaurant, the strikingly simple decor  creates a marked contrast with the bustling street outside. It’s stark, yes, but also incredibly warm and inviting. From the noodle bar that faces the open kitchen to the intimate booths and the low, but unobtrusive paneled ceiling—all constructed from cedar wood, a breed local to Japan—the overall feeling is one of comfort and retreat. Add the scent of cooking broth and you have an intoxicating combination. Check out more photos of this fantastic space after the jump and click here to visit their website for location details! —Max

Above image courtesy of Ganso.

Above image: Chef Ryuji Irie and restauranteur Harris Salat share some ramen. Image courtesy of Ganso.

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