9-seat Kyoto-style sushi spot opens in South Williamsburg

June 4, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
376 Graham Ave. Image © 2018 Google Maps photo
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Yuji Haraguchi, Williamsburg sushi restaurant owner, has recently opened his third restaurant Okozushi, a tiny spot that only seats nine at full capacity. Haraguchi, who also owns a seafood market that offers cooking classes focused on using wild seafood from the community, and Okonomi, a restaurant that serves a unique Japanese-style seafood breakfast, rely heavily on locally sourced fish for his restaurants. Okozushi, located at 376 Graham Ave., is one of the few New York restaurants to use Kyoto-style sushi that uses cured and pickled local seafood, GrubStreet reported.

“We’re trying to create like a $200, $300 omakase-quality fish, but casual and affordable by incorporating local fish,” explains Haraguchi. “There’s very cheap all-you-can-eat sushi and very, very high-end restaurants, all the fish came from Japan, that kind of thing. But there’s no middle ground.” His experiences eating in Kyoto led to the logical conclusion to use local seafood. Although local fish isn’t as consistent, curing and pickling can solve that problem. “The only way I thought I could be affordable and accessible was with local fish, and Kyoto-style was the best option for that,” he said.

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