WakuWaku, an Izakaya Counter in Industry City, Expands Outdoors

Tucked in the courtyard behind the sprawling Japan Village market and food hall in Brooklyn’s Industry City is a new extension of WakuWaku, an izakaya counter in the market. Partly open wooden structures designed to look like traditional Japanese houses, with plexiglass panels between tables, have been installed for year-round outdoor dining. There are also open-air tables, and the counter will remain open. The vast menu features Japanese Wagyu, notably a 6-ounce rib-eye steak finished on a tabletop grill, as well as sushi, sashimi, dumplings (including cheese won tons), udon noodle soup, yakitori skewers, fried kushi-age skewers, and small plates like grilled smelts, shiitakes stuffed with shrimp, and corn tempura. Larger dishes include salmon teriyaki, sukiyaki, shabu shabu and that Wagyu rib-eye ($55).

Japan Village, Industry City, 269 36th Street (Third Avenue), Brooklyn, 347-584-4577, wakuwakuny.com.

Mediterranean preparations and ingredients like lemon chicken, chickpea croquettes, hummus, charred eggplant, olives and za’atar top greens or grains in bowls or freshly baked pitas at this counter-service newcomer.

638 Lexington Avenue (54th Street), 917-388-3816, mamaganoush.com.

Greece comes to Venice with the opening of a branch of this restaurant in the Venetian Resort, in Las Vegas. In addition to the pick-your-own display of seafood typical of the menu, this location offers a market area for selecting produce from small California farms to pair with the fish. Yogurtmaking is on display on the premises.

Venetian Resort, 3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, 702-414-1270, estiatoriomilos.com.

Three wine and spirits professionals — Ivy Mix, an owner of Leyenda, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn; Piper Kristensen, the beverage director and a partner in Oxalis in Prospect Heights; and Conor McKee, a wine shop manager — have pooled their expertise at this Crown Heights shop. Originally planned to open a little over a year ago, the project was stalled as a result of the pandemic, leading to the choice of the name, Fiasco. Now it is opening with greater emphasis on products produced by women, Black and Indigenous people, people of color and the L.B.G.T.Q. community. The owners also hope to employ people from its neighborhood. (Opens Wednesday)

1148 Union Street (Rogers Avenue), Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 347-365-2042, fiascobk.com.

source: nytimes.com