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Hibino - Henry St @ Pacific

While it doesn't appear that any work is happening inside yet, the old Jam for Bread space has a name on the windows, Hibino. There is also a notice stating that they've applied for a liquor license.

Strange spot, but I'm hoping for the best!

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    1. Wow - this sounds very interesting...

      From http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/visitkyoto/e...

      Obanzai & Tofu Ryori

      Obanzai Ryori is a traditional cuisine that has been passed down through generations of the ordinary Kyoto locals. It is characterized by the inclusion of tofu, namafu (gluten), yuba (curd of soy been), Kyoto vegetables, and many other traditional Kyoto ingredients.

      Furthermore, there is also a type of traditional Kyoto special tofu cuisine. Tofu ryori, characterized by yudofu (boiled tofu) and other tofu dishes, is typical in this fashion. Because tofu contains little animal protein the dish is healthy, and the flavor of the ingredients by themselves can be enjoyed in this quintessentially Kyoto dish.

      1. Wow - this could be promising - I look forward to seeing a menu ...

        1. I pass by the spot the other day.
          Now they list their blog on window.

          http://www.hibino-brooklyn.com/blog/

          1. Looks like March 26th is the big day. I hope they can pull off a non-traditional Japanese menu in a neighborhood (relatively) where a similar endeavor, Taku, failed.

            I really, *really* hope they have good yuba - I love that stuff.

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            1. re: lambretta76

              Was Taku a failure? I heard they closed actually as a result of their success.

              1. re: Larry Brooks

                Success? They were always empty ... I thought the food was fantastic, but the neighborhood didn't support it. (Me included, I went but twice - it was a little too expensive for a quick bite at the bar type of place.) Chef Shephard has stated that he's planning on opening it in Manhattan where it will receive a more appropriate audience, while his new formula of Italian food, surprisingly, in an area overrun by Italian options, has done gangbusters. (Perhaps too much, so, as I preferred the leisurely pace and relative quiet that Taku offered.)

                Walked by Hibino last night - the opening party was in full swing, though the dining room looked far from finished. Should be a nice space, will probably try to swing by on opening night.

                Larry - if you heard otherwise regarding Taku's closing please correct me. Chef Shephard made a post on another food board regarding that, but I can't seem to be able to find it.

                1. re: lambretta76

                  man, i wish i knew about that opening party. i live a good bit south of there but i lived in japan for a while and would have loved to check out obanzai ryouri in Brooklyn! someone tel me how its going!