A Japanese restaurant has opened in a long-dormant space in Fort Greene.
1OR8, which serves both traditional dishes and other creations “transformed with a Japanese touch,” according to the restaurant’s website, set up shop late last month at 229 Dekalb Avenue.
The space, previously occupied by General Greene, has been collecting dust since the New American restaurant’s outdoor summer ice-cream stand closed in 2018. The restaurant shut down at the end of 2017.
This isn’t 1OR8’s first location in Brooklyn. They originally opened at 66 South 2nd Street in Williamsburg in 2010, but closed that location in 2019 and were hunting for a new spot.
“We were attracted by the warmth and intimacy of the neighborhood and relocated there,” the restaurant’s owner, Maho Mizutani, said in an email, referring to the Fort Greene space, where they opened on Wednesday, January 22. “The street’s vibe and interaction with people there felt really nice when we were visiting the neighborhood as diners, and [we] felt it could be a good home for our restaurant.”
As of now, they are open five days a week, Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 6:00 p.m. Mizutani said they will soon be opening on Sunday as well. At the main tables, customers can have a casual dinner, including a selection of small bites—pork belly buns, vegetable dumplings—and larger dishes, including a variety of nigiri and sushi options. Reservations are needed at the small sushi counter for omakase since there are only six seats.
The full bar serves sake, wine, cocktails, beer and shochu.
And the name, for those who are curious, is apparently a Japanese gambling term which roughly translates to “all or nothing.”
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