If you’ve dined at Cherry at The Dream Hotel, you’re probably picturing a dark, sleek, Manhattan-esque, upscale restaurant attached to a trendy hotel. The new location, Cherry Izakaya in Williamsburg, is a spin on that restaurant, but with a more relaxed vibe. The decor was inspired by 1970′s Tokyo and designed by studio hOme, who has designed a number of other Brooklyn restaurants. Patrons are greeted by a large bar upon entering, serving up signature cocktails, sake, and shochu, as well as homemade sodas with unique flavors like Red Pepper (my fave) and Honey Dew with celery lime and basil. I was also a fan of the unique house-made garnishes, like a bit of candied fennel for nibbling whilst drinking.
Plates at Cherry Izakaya are meant to be shared. Order a little bit of everything. I recommend the earthy mushroom Gyozas, the crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad, Little Fried Fish (which are exactly what you would think they are, but look similar to French fries), the Black Caesar Roll (a maki roll inspired by the salad), and Salmon Tartare. Plus the Omakase is much more affordable than others– at just $36.
Check it out with a group of friends who like to try lots of different dishes, or with a date who likes to share.
[Photos by Rebecca Fondren]