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Japanese Restaurant Opens in Greenpoint, Offers Quick Bites and Seasonal Charcoal-Grilled Items

Photo by Gary Landsman

Feb. 24, 2020 By Kristen Torres

A new Japanese restaurant has opened its doors in Greenpoint.

Rule of Thirds, located at 171 Banker St., officially opened on Feb. 22 and is housed inside the A/D/O by MINI warehouse—a creative space for designers and artists. The restaurant is a collaboration between George Padilla and Chef JT Vuong—the same duo behind Williamburg’s ramen restaurant Okonomi.

Padilla and Vuong designed the menu to make it easy for diners to mix-and-match their own multi-course meal. Quick bites and seasonal charcoal-grilled items make an appearance alongside larger items, such as steak and fish dishes.

A three-course dry-aged duck dish, dubbed the Buddhist Duck, is also available for sharing—it comes in three preparations throughout the course of the meal, including as duck breast lettuce wraps and scorched leg rice.

Local Greenpoint artists helped design nearly every aspect of the space, from the ceramic dishware and sake cups used by guests to the plants and murals that decorate the walls.

“Every neighbor we worked with contributed to our vision and was excited for what this restaurant could be,” Padilla said in a statement.

“Rule of Thirds is as much their passion project as it is ours.”

Brian Evans, who runs the bar program at the Williamsburg restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn, curated a custom cocktail menu. Rule of Thirds also boasts an extensive sake list, alongside beer, wine and ciders.

Rule of Thirds is open Weds., Thurs. and Sun. from 6 to 10 p.m.; and Fri. and Sat. from 6 to 11 p.m. Plans to open the restaurant for breakfast and lunch are currently in the works.

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