From a ten-seat counter affair in Tokyo in 1992, to a restaurant in Midtown New York some 25 years later, Tonchin moves out to Brooklyn, as the Japanese restaurant renowned for its tonkotsu ramen opens its second NY location in Williamsburg.
Meaning ‘to come together’ in Japanese, Tonchin will naturally be serving its beloved tonkotsu ramen, alongside new dishes exclusive to the Brooklyn outlet including delights from a raw bar, yakitori and speciality desserts. The beverage programme features a selection of natural wine, sake, tea and housemade sodas, whilst non-alcoholic drinks include Momo, with Japanese peach, fresh grapefruit, aka shiso syrup and aka shiso leaf.
The 60-seat restaurant has been designed by local architecture and design studio Carpenter & Mason, whose other works include Brooklyn Kura among others, and blends natural materials and textures with bold geometric elements and colours; the space centred by a long bar that displays the wine and sake bottles.
Two seating areas enable diners to choose from the ‘front of house’ home to a lush plant installation, high top tables and tiled drink rails, whilst towards the rear, guests can enjoy the naturally lit dining room adorned with an expansive skylight with a hanging linen chandelier from Chinese American artist Matthew Tsang and custom hand-dyed artwork from local artist Madeleine Provost.
The Sugeno family have made a name for themselves serving on the city’s most popular ramen bowls, and receiving a Michelin Bib Gourmand award along the way. Tonchin Brooklyn allows them to build on the menu that New Yorkers and visitors adore, complementing it with a selection of carefully curated beverages and a typically hip Williamsburg vibe.