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Wednesday
Apr292015

Japanese Restaurant Wasan Coming to Melt/ Rare Earth Space 

The space that had been home to Melt for 10 years before closing and being replaced by the short lived Rare Earth, on Bergen Street near Fifth Avenue, will next be home to the second location of the Michelin-recommended Japanese restaurant Wasan, Commercial Observer reported.

The original Wasan, located on West Fourth Street since 2010, focuses on showcasing local and seasonal ingredients, with a menu that changes regularly. The menu is different from what you might expect from your standard Japanese spot, and is much more homsetyle and authentic Japanese: both red and white miso soups are made to order, appetizers include house-pickled vegetables, chawan mushi, smoked monkfish liver, crispy soba shrimp tempura, and wagyu beef tartare; entrees include lava stone-grilled sirloin, barbecued eel, chirashi, and several rice bowls; there's a five-course chef's tasting menu, and (yes!) late-night ramen.

No word on how much of this menu will be replicated here, but it's promising to say the least; There's no reason for them to change anything up, especially considering the fact that it's Michelin-recommended. For folks who have been craving a restaurant like this since Kappa Sake House closed in 2011, this appears to be well worth the wait.

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I'm dissapointed that this did not become a Chipotle.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Wasan actually translates directly to "6 months".

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

The other location of Wasan in the East Village is incredible.

If this is truly their 2nd place coming here, that's a rather big deal. Park Slope has very few restaurants in the Michelin category.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTim

Could not be more excited. Having a high end Japanese restaurant in the area will be great for the neighborhood and hopefully very popular among the locals. Looking forward to their opening!

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered Commentertheoperadiva

The place is going to be mobbed. Wasan is a known entity with name recognition among the food community. This is a whole new level of restaurant for the neighborhood.

April 29, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKim

FINALLY MELT AND RARE EARTH ARE GONE FROM PARK SLOPES.
NOT TO MENTION, THE SAME OWNER OF THE TWO RESTAURANTS
IS OUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOR GOOD. SHE WAS A PIECE
OF WORK (IN A BAD WAY).

July 25, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterOTHER CHEF

nice and great and thats it

This is really awesome

October 13, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterline for pc

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