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Williamsburg Favorite Okonomi’s Ex-Chef Plots a Japanese Restaurant Nearby

Rule of Thirds inside A/D/O is backed by the Sunday in Brooklyn team, with food from chef JT Vuong

Rule of Thirds
The event space at Rule of Thirds
Rule of Thirds [Official Photo]

The team behind popular Williamsburg restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn, plus the ex-chef of Japanese hit Okonomi, will open an all-day Japanese cafe in Greenpoint this fall.

Rule of Thirds will be located within the branded A/D/O co-working space backed by BMW’s small car brand Mini, a space that previously held seasonal Scandinavian restaurant Norman.

The new place will be a bento-slinging spot during the day and an izakaya-style hangout by night. Large, sharable dishes like tonkatsu, hot pot, and Japanese mixed rice known as takikomi gohan are also expected at dinner time.

Plus, a version of the malted pancakes from Sunday in Brooklyn — a customer favorite — will be on the menu here as well, though as a riff on a Japanese souffle pancake served with honey maple butter.

It’s a big team backing the new project, including Sunday Hospitality restaurateurs Todd Enany and Adam Landsman, chef Jaime Young, and bar director Brian Evans. For the food, they’ve also brought on chef JT Vuong and George Padilla — who both previously worked at Okonomi and Yuji Ramen, the tiny Williamsburg Japanese seafood restaurant with a cult following. The group currently runs a seasonal backyard grill party called Yaki Tiki on weekends, which takes place in the outdoor garden area of A/D/O. That weekend menu is centered on Japanese yakitori, vegetable skewers, and tiki-themed cocktails.

Come fall, Sunday’s bar director Evans will be in charge of the cocktails at Rule of Thirds, while restaurant co-founder Padilla will be behind a list of sakes and natural wines. Meanwhile, the restaurant’s event space for up to 700 people is already open.

Rule of Thirds will open at 29 Norman Ave., filling a void left by Norman, which closed in March after a two-year run at the co-working space. A/D/O, which stands for amalgamated drawing office, is a 23,000-square-foot design space and co-working office that opened in 2016 with a goal of exploring “innovations that improve urban life.”

Stay tuned.


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