Wasan Brooklyn

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

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Ingredients are at the heart of cooking. Even the same ingredient can have infinite varieties, depending on where, which season, or under what weather condition they were produced. It's not a matter of simply cutting and cooking, but how to make the best use of the ingredients by finding the best way to cook them. For instance, tuna can be eaten as sashimi, steak or simmered in soy sauce. Making good use of ingredients means that we see the conditions of the tuna first and then choose the best cooking style. Same goes for wine: even the producer is the same, the taste varies from each year of vintage, in which glass it is poured, or how long it has been aged. And sake can be dramatically different by the temperature it is served: hot, warm, or chilled.
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TT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I walked in to this lovely neighborhood restaurant and were warmly welcomed in every way. They were playing the music of the Avett Brothers, who we were going to see at the Barclay Center. So greatly appreciated. A little thing, but so sweet. The food was exceptional. I tried the salmon and sake special and it was a remarkable pairing. A truly memorable dining experience.

p
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wasan was a very pleasant surprise. I was looking for a place near Barclay's center as I was going to a show and found this quaint and delicious Japanese restaurant two blocks from the show. When we walked in we could hear Mary J Blige playing in the background - a perfect set up for the show we were going to see.
My date and I were shown to our table where there was a hand written reserved for.. and welcome, Tracy sign which was a nice personal touch. There was also a Prix Fixe Menu starting with a special app made of potato as apparently MJB loves them. Another nice touch, I thought.
We ordered a bunch of small plates: tempura shrimp roll, beef and scallion, spicy pork bun, chix teriyaki bun and miso cod along with some nicely chilled Pino Grigio. All excellent. The service was great as well.
The topper to the evening was when the man I assume to be the owner came over and asked if we would tell him why we were not interested in the special music Prix Fixe menu so he could learn what customers wanted etc. I loved that he was interested. He also spent time with us looking at the old photo of Manhattan they have decorating their wall and taught us a few things we didn't know. A an absolutely lovely experience. I will definitely go back!!!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came in to see a concert at Barclays and tried your restaurant. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was great!

MS
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Great authentic Japanese food in a small local restaurant.

EL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff plated and served birthday cake and candles exactly as I requested. They were very, very nice.

KT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a perfect meal at Wasan last Saturday night, celebrating my middle daughter's birthday. The service was perfect, everything we ordered was delicious, and it felt like a bargain for all that we got. They brought out some green tea ice cream with a candle in it for my daughter at the end of the meal, plus green tea and complimentary mini chocolate martinis/lemonade. Over all a wonderful experience, thank you Wasan!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Middle school graduation. Delicious food. Interesting choices wonderful service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very well priced food. Good service. Would definitely go back again.

N
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a college graduation with a party of 8. It was really easy to make a reservation and also adjustments. The food was excellent and we were treated kindly. Definitely recommend!

RL
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Was our first visit after reading prior reviews of the restaurant. I did like the fact that our table was set/ready once we arrived for our reservation. I’ve been to places before in which I’ve had a reservation but still waited once we arrived. Also the service was good, everyone attentive & ready to answer questions, offer advice etc.

That said I guess I had higher expectations based on reviews but for me nothing had me wanting more. Perhaps it was what we ordered but again nothing beyond what you would expect in such an establishment. Pricing was reasonable for what we had.

Overall I’m not sure I’d return unless a small group wanted to based on whatever was going on in the neighborhood. Again I’m not as all looking down but just wasn’t the experience we’d hoped for this time.

PB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the saké was great, the service was great! There's nothing more to say. I would recommend it for anyone who enjoys sushi. The location near the Barclays Center is also a plus.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s was great , this is not my first time., but I feel like I need to say something. I just wish this place will last , food is truly authentic as promised , service is the best. I wish them good luck.ll

JD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Japanese food in a chill, laid back environment

PS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Good food and nice small & quaint space. That said, they asked us to leave at 8pm because they wanted to seat someone else. I found that super rude and we were still drinking our cocktails, likely would've been gone in 10 minutes anyway, but it felt super rude to me. I was just saying how I'd love to come back when the waitress walked up to tell us, really left a bad taste in my mouth.

SU
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always consistent and yummy food, we always eat everything we order! :-) Except they changed the pork buns recipe, which is not as good as it used to be! Please change it back!

NA
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food here is fine but both times I have been the service was less than welcoming and food took forever to come out.

SU
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Consistently yummy, we love it here! Always tastes clean and good. 😋

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Valentine’s Day dinner. Food was great and the price was very reasonable.

AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

A cute, well-located spot, but the food wasn’t that good. Nice service and good Sake, but for a place charging upscale prices the food wasn’t on that level.

AD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

One of the best tasting menus in the city, for just $53 you can have a great set of dishes. The only issue with this specific visit was that they, like most restaurants, came up with a special Valentine's Day menu. Not only did it cost more, but it had fewer dishes, and some where rather strange ideas, especially chicken Cesar salad which doesn't make sense in the context of the other dishes.

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience here for a friend's birthday dinner. The food is delicious, fresh and creative and they went out of their way to make us feel welcome, including surprising us with a round of complimentary chocolate sake (don't question, just try it!) and a treat for her 6 year old son.

NR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation for dinner and were seated promptly upon your arrival. Our server was great, the food was phenomenal, and although they were busy we had wonderful and relaxing dinner, never feeling rushed. I would definitely recommend this place.

e
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Took my girlfriend on a date here. I actually made a reservation although it wasn’t busy and they actually put out a nice sign for my reservation on the table. Food was delicious as well. We ordered some
appetizers that consisted of some teriyaki sushi rolls and a pork bun. The entrees we ordered were delicious and came in a timely fashion. I may come back here.

s
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great quality and great service. The fish is very fresh and the prices are reasonable. It is an amazing neighborhood gem.

OT
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

FOOD WAS GREAT. OUTSTANDING MENUE AND PREPARATION OF AUTHENTIC JAPANESE QUISINE.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Made a reservation for dinner prior to an event at Barclays. Table was ready when we got there with a name tag reserving it, nice touch. Service was very good and super friendly. Fish dinner and sushi was delicious and creative. The black cod marinated in sake lees was a new dish to me and was excellent. Across the street from Barclays so it's very convenient. I would certainly recommend!

IB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Japanese izakiya meets sushi. Fantastic sake menu. Best in the hood

S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Always fresh Japanese fare. Wide variety of sakes. Great waitstaff.

Z
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice ambiance, beautiful service plates and glasses assume from japanisev origin , good food,

f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

sake-lees cod was delicious, as was the duck/cucumber roll. definitely recommend this place

DY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Poor services! The waitress was in bad mood and gove customer rude attitude. No smile, No Thank you.

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazinggggg! My friends and I got together for my boyfriend's 25th birthday and enjoyed the experience thoroughly. We found the place when walking through the neighborhood randomly and decided to host the party here. From the food being great to the impeccable service, it was a very enjoyable experience. The server wasn't told directly that it was my boyfriend's birthday but must have overheard us and when we ordered dessert they came prepared with a candle in his selection and sang the birthday song. I will definitely recommend Wasan Brooklyn 10 times over. Thank you once again and we will be back.

G
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food and service is impeccable. Very friendly and cozy. On my favorites list to come back. Sashimi was fabulous as was the Unagi and Ramen.

TH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and service was fabulous! We loved their ramen and sushi!

RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Wasan is something special - carefully crafted and delicious. Not your run of the mill sushi place by any means! Great service, too.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great service was fast and charming, great little go to neighborhood gem!

N
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food - my first time having sushi here (always go for the lunch bentos) and it was perfect.

LR
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious meal before a short walk to see the Islanders play at Barclays. Really lovely Japanese, great flavors, & friendly efficient service. Having lived in Japan for more than 5 years, I am fussy about my Japanese, but I was vey happy with our meal. The steak cooked on the stone hot plate was lots of fun, and very tasty! It is a small neighborhood restaurant, clean and I would definitely enjoy another meal if close by.

OT
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

お料理も雰囲気も素晴らしかったです!

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We went in for a quick bite before a basketball game at Barclays. Nice quiet place with friendly staff and good Japanese food. Great sake selection too. We will return.

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