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Izakaya on Smith

176 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201 40.685697 -73.991271
nr. Warren St.   See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
718-855-2020 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

F, G at Bergen St.



Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Online Ordering
  • Delivery after 10pm


  • Full Bar


Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill


This venue is closed.

Laminated, diner-style menus offer the first hint that Izakaya's kitchen doesn't quite aspire to join the ranks of raw-fish royalty. A considerable range of small plates heavy on noodles and skewers distinguishes this Japanese drunk-food house from its many Westernized fish-roll competitors, but appetizers easily outshine entrées. A familiar interior theme features clustered white birch trees, chipped stone walls, and the sort of hanging snowflake lamps that might've illuminated the dorm of your dreams. The menu itself leans heavily on small-plate openers ranging from basic yakitori to a pumpkin tempura and plates of pan-fried octopus dumplings. Unfortunately, the lineup is more impressive on the page than on the plate. Full-bodied soft-shell crabs with thin, crunchy legs are visually compelling, but ho-hum gyoza, and rubbery fried chicken bits, are more in keeping with the venue's pub-style standards. Entrées include dry yakisoba noodles overwhelmed by their soy base, and miso-marinated black cod with a strange, almost fluffy texture; sloppy sushi specials like the mango-sesame Brooklyn Roll cannot be contained in a single bite (or held by a single pair of chopsticks). Izakaya offers a reliable delivery option for those wary of the usual sushi grind–but not much more.

Recommended Dishes

Soft shell crab, $9