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MAISON YAKI

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MAISON YAKI

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MAISON YAKI

SHORTLISTED BY BISTRONAUT #1

WHO
Darling Brooklyn chef Greg Baxtrom opened Maison Yaki, his second restaurant, directly across from his first, the widely-praised hit Olmsted. Chef Greg trained at Alinea, Per Se, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns before striking out on his own, making this latest opening a highly anticipated event on the heels of Olmsted (which won Best New Restaurant awards from Bon Appétit and Esquire in 2017, along with top awards from the NYT and Food & Wine).

FOOD
This French yakitori (Japanese-style grilled skewers) joint combines Baxtrom’s refined training with his love for the casual Japanese style of cooking over binchotan charcoal.
All menu items here are under $10 – an impressive feat in today’s restaurant scene. The majority of items are a selection of seasonal skewers. Two sticks with seasonal ingredients and sumptuous French sauces, like Lobster & Sauce Américaine ($9), Chicken Wing & Espelette ($5), and Lamb Leg & Herbes de Provence ($7) are the stars, but don’t pass up other items like the Artichoke Barigoule Chawanmushi (a soft custard served in a little crock pot with dried artichoke and summer truffle garnish, $8) or the Duck Rillettes & Wasabi ($9), with a lovely kick. The Beef Tongue Sando & Gribiche ($9) and Cauliflower Okonomiyaki & Hazelnuts ($8) are standout dishes not on a skewer. Both come drizzled in a sticky sauce or Kewpie mayo and loaded with flavor.

DRINKS
A mix of slightly dolled up cocktails are served in a dainty size and on tap, including negronis, martinis, manhattans, margaritas, and gin and tonics (made with yuzu), all running $9. This makes them highly drinkable, fun to sample, and quick to hit the table. Sake, beers and a French-focused wine list run $5-9.

DECOR
A black and white logo of a rooster in a striped French sailor’s shirt and a jaunty red beret sets the tone and every detail follows course in this petite restaurant. French accents abound – the uniform of marinière shirts, French café tabletops, vintage French tins serving as repositories for spent skewers; even the check-out system was inspired by the European portable credit card scanners that servers bring directly to your table. But Baxtrom hasn’t strayed far from his famous backyard at Olmsted which supplies vegetables for the restaurant; look up and you’ll see enclosed ventilated cases where the restaurant is growing their own trumpet mushrooms from inoculated bags.

NOISE
Boisterous but not obnoxiously loud. Not surprisingly, the soundtrack included some older French pop.

SEATING
Choose between bar seats, high tops, a coveted leather banquette in front; or outdoors in the back, where a patio with a few tables welcomes diners for a round of pétanque (like French bocce ball) while they wait for their table, or just for fun, with a drink. Hot tip: the full menu is served out here, so if you don’t mind balancing plates on the ledge and eating while standing, this is your fastest way of being fed.

VIBE
This is a very chill neighborhood spot and will likely continue to be a big hit with the young families and couples living nearby. The whimsical touches throughout the restaurant make Maison Yaki upbeat and fun, a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet is serious about good food and cocktails.

RESTROOMS
Nothing out of the ordinary here.

SERVICE
Happily paid 20% for the friendly service.

WOULD RECOMMEND
100%. A fun dining experience, unique to NYC, extremely well-priced and delicious. Good for date night, showing your parents how charming and cool the New York restaurant scene is, or meeting up with a few friends, and ordering one of everything. Trust.

WHO
Darling Brooklyn chef Greg Baxtrom opened Maison Yaki, his second restaurant, directly across from his first, the widely-praised hit Olmsted. Chef Greg trained at Alinea, Per Se, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns before striking out on his own, making this latest opening a highly anticipated event on the heels of Olmsted (which won Best New Restaurant awards from Bon Appétit and Esquire in 2017, along with top awards from the NYT and Food & Wine).

FOOD
This French yakitori (Japanese-style grilled skewers) joint combines Baxtrom’s refined training with his love for the casual Japanese style of cooking over binchotan charcoal.
All menu items here are under $10 – an impressive feat in today’s restaurant scene. The majority of items are a selection of seasonal skewers. Two sticks with seasonal ingredients and sumptuous French sauces, like Lobster & Sauce Américaine ($9), Chicken Wing & Espelette ($5), and Lamb Leg & Herbes de Provence ($7) are the stars, but don’t pass up other items like the Artichoke Barigoule Chawanmushi (a soft custard served in a little crock pot with dried artichoke and summer truffle garnish, $8) or the Duck Rillettes & Wasabi ($9), with a lovely kick. The Beef Tongue Sando & Gribiche ($9) and Cauliflower Okonomiyaki & Hazelnuts ($8) are standout dishes not on a skewer. Both come drizzled in a sticky sauce or Kewpie mayo and loaded with flavor.

DRINKS
A mix of slightly dolled up cocktails are served in a dainty size and on tap, including negronis, martinis, manhattans, margaritas, and gin and tonics (made with yuzu), all running $9. This makes them highly drinkable, fun to sample, and quick to hit the table. Sake, beers and a French-focused wine list run $5-9.

DECOR
A black and white logo of a rooster in a striped French sailor’s shirt and a jaunty red beret sets the tone and every detail follows course in this petite restaurant. French accents abound – the uniform of marinière shirts, French café tabletops, vintage French tins serving as repositories for spent skewers; even the check-out system was inspired by the European portable credit card scanners that servers bring directly to your table. But Baxtrom hasn’t strayed far from his famous backyard at Olmsted which supplies vegetables for the restaurant; look up and you’ll see enclosed ventilated cases where the restaurant is growing their own trumpet mushrooms from inoculated bags.

NOISE
Boisterous but not obnoxiously loud. Not surprisingly, the soundtrack included some older French pop.

SEATING
Choose between bar seats, high tops, a coveted leather banquette in front; or outdoors in the back, where a patio with a few tables welcomes diners for a round of pétanque (like French bocce ball) while they wait for their table, or just for fun, with a drink. Hot tip: the full menu is served out here, so if you don’t mind balancing plates on the ledge and eating while standing, this is your fastest way of being fed.

VIBE
This is a very chill neighborhood spot and will likely continue to be a big hit with the young families and couples living nearby. The whimsical touches throughout the restaurant make Maison Yaki upbeat and fun, a place that doesn’t take itself too seriously, yet is serious about good food and cocktails.

RESTROOMS
Nothing out of the ordinary here.

SERVICE
Happily paid 20% for the friendly service.

WOULD RECOMMEND
100%. A fun dining experience, unique to NYC, extremely well-priced and delicious. Good for date night, showing your parents how charming and cool the New York restaurant scene is, or meeting up with a few friends, and ordering one of everything. Trust.

CHEF

Greg Baxtrom

OPENING DAYS

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

RESERVATIONS

On website

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