Maison Yaki

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82 Good

An inventive French riff on a Japanese izakaya from the folks at Olmsted.

626 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238


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Greg Baxtrom’s follow-up to his hit restaurant Olmsted is a fast-casual mash-up for the ages – part izakaya-style neighborhood pub, part haute-French establishment, and part Japanese yakitori joint. The cocktails are all on tap and budget-priced (order the Sake Negroni or the Vesper Martini for maximum dizzying effect), which frees you up to spend your cash on Baxtrom’s antic Franco-Japanese fusion creations: escargot spiked with plenty of shiso along with the usual garlic, delicate brisket-and-beef-tongue “sandos” squeezed between wheels of toasted brioche, and a variety of artfully rendered yakitori skewers dressed with a veritable rainbow of grand sauces lifted from the old French canon. (Try the rib eye with Bordelaise and the lobster with sauce américaine for starters.)

Adam Platt

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What you need to know

Insider Tips The bar serves only batched cocktails, but you can get a slightly more diverse selection of moderately priced wines.

Recommended DishesEscargot; beef-tongue sando; an assortment of skewers including lobster and rib eye.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized