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Salt + Charcoal

171 Grand St. (Bedford Ave.) Send to Phone
The oak-fired robata grill is the star of the show at this Japanese spot in Williamsburg.

Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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Salt + Charcoal, Brooklyn, NY

Salt + Charcoal Restaurant Review

: Located on the coveted corner of Grand Street and Bedford Avenue, this restaurant features an oak-fired robata grill and offers contemporary Japanese fare with global twists. The interior recalls a modern bistro. An open kitchen and exposed brick walls in a small but well-spaced dining room, along with sidewalk seating, come together to create a chic and welcoming atmosphere. Begin with a subtly citrus daikon, cucumber and seaweed salad drizzled with yuzu soy dressing, and a creatively rendered oxtail and clam soup seasoned with ginger, mitsuba, lime, scallion and pepper. Entrées like a 50-day dry-aged porterhouse steak with an herb lemon butter, soy lemon onion and wasabi cream sauce, as well as a Wagyu beef sirloin, demonstrate chef Tadaaki Ishizaki's (formerly at Joël Robuchon Restaurant in Tokyo) expertise at the grill. On the lighter side, grilled sesame-crusted Atlantic salmon over scallions is supple and moist, while a sea urchin-topped filet mignon shows a balanced combination of roasted meat and concentrated seafood flavors. The beer list highlights some excellent hard-to-find Japanese brews while a reasonably priced wine list has several varietals by the glass. Don’t miss the black sesame pudding for dessert.
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