Ganso: Because Sometimes There's Nothing Better Than a Bowl of Noodles

Ganso: Because Sometimes There’s Nothing Better Than a Bowl of Noodles

Japanese and other Asian-inspired food is a go-to for me given that the likelihood of finding dairy in any dish is slim to none. It’s also a kitchen where you can bypass gluten if you want and indulge in a host of fermented goodness and spicy broths that will leave comfortably full, but clamouring for more.

Though there are countless restaurants, diners, cafés and lounges in New York’s second largest borough, I’ve already come across a handful of places in Brooklyn that I know I’ll frequent again and again.

Ganso

This is where I start banging on about Ganso: a modestly sized restaurant close to the throbbing hub of Downtown Brooklyn. This Japanese establishment offers a fair number of hefty and satisfying options. From steaming dumplings to kimchi buns and piping hot bowls of ramen noodles, you’d have to try awfully hard to find something that didn’t whet your appetite.

Dumplings. Yum and then some.

Dumplings. Yum and then some.

Already a quick-fix favourite of mine, I heartily enjoy Ganso’s leafy green salad, Napa cabbage kimchi and their vegetarian sesame-chili broth (with rice instead of ramen). The soups are incredibly good and are a fantastic option if you want something fast that will fill you up without filing you out. It’s also a great place if you want to give any lingering cold the beat-down it deserves (I love myself a spicy soup…yum!).

The breakdown.

The breakdown.

The cost of dishes is extremely reasonable for the area, and with a minimal, cedar-lined and brick-walled interior Ganso is all at once chic and cosy. It’s a place where you can easily spend hours gossiping away with friends or go tête-à-tête with your date for the evening.

Good food, decor and price-quality? Sounds like a pretty solid combination to me.

Ganso
25 Bond Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Opening hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 12:00 – 22:00
Friday + Saturday:  12:00 – 23:00