New Yorkers and visitors will soon be able to experience Japan without the jetlag. Japan Village — a 20,000 s/f authentic Japanese marketplace featuring a specialty grocer, food stalls, izakaya and cocktail bar, and liquor store – will have its grand opening at Industry City on November 24.
As envisioned by owners Tony and Takuya Yoshida, the space is designed to make visitors feel as though they have stepped foot in a traditional Japanese village square. Japan Village will be divided into four sections, featuring: Sunrise Market, a Japanese grocery store; food stalls with a variety of authentic Japanese vendors; Wakuwaku, an Izakaya restaurant and cocktail bar; and Kuraichi, a Japanese liquor store.
“Our goal is to share everything we love about Japan with our local community in a fun and authentic way,” said Tony Yoshida owner of Japan Village. “Working with Industry City allows us to provide a space where anyone can immerse themselves in Japanese culture through traditional foods, interactive seminars, and family-friendly events. We want to further spread the culture here and highlight all 47 of Japan’s prefectures, especially ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
In addition to Japanese groceries, Sunrise Market will also feature an array of authentic Japanese cuisines, including a tofu market with homemade tofu, yuba and soymilk. The Japanese butcher shop operated by Japan Premium Beef, will feature wagyu and washugyu beef. At the seafood market shoppers can purchase fresh sushi and seafood.
Wakuwaku will serve Japanese tapas, from grilled chicken skewers, to sashimi, to gyoza dumplings, and additional eats paired with specialty beverages. The cocktail bar will serve local craft beers and specialty cocktails. Japan Village’s liquor store, Kuraichi, will exclusively feature alcohol from Japan with a focus on sake, Japanese whisky and wine.
The marketplace will join Industry City’s global culinary scene, which includes Shanghainese street food from Yaso Tangbao, family-style Thai food from Bangkok B.A.R., Korean comfort food from Ejen, traditional Mexican dishes from Taco Mix, authentic Turkish-German street food from Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab, and traditional Belgian pastries from Colson Patisserie.
“As Industry City’s biggest foodie, it’s amazing to be part of developing a campus that’s exploding with opportunities for people to experience authentic cuisines from all over the world,” said Jim Somoza, director of development at Industry City. “Japan Village will offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity for people to immerse themselves in Japanese food and culture and all from the mind of one of the City’s pioneers in hospitality, Tony Yoshida.”
Additional tenants at Industry City include: Burger Joint, Avocaderia, Ends Meat, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Ninja Bubble Tea, One Girl Cookie, Table87 Coal Oven Pizza, Li-Lac Chocolates, Frying Pan Brooklyn, Moore Brothers Wine, Brooklyn Kura, and Filament at The Landing.
Japan Village, located at 934 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11232 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, will be open from 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.