PHILLY-ISM / GOTTA GO TO YANAKO

Great sushi in the city of Philadelphia is a bit of a rarity (ughh why are puns are so fun…) so we get crazy excited when we find places (even places in Manayunk) that are creative, fresh and amazing. Plus it’s a BYOSB (Sake bombs of course). This bi-level successessay space features a sushi bar beneath the focal point of the restaurant, an atrium with a Japanese terra cotta tile roof and cage-esque inspired lighting. There’s a boatload of seating options too so you could do it up differently with every visit.

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DAILY LOCAL NEWS / YANAKO IS WORTH THE TRIP

Well, if you think downtown West Chester is a tough place to park but worth the trip for its many restaurants, try Manayunk.

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a VIP night for a new Japanese restaurant called Yanako located at 4255 Main St. in Manayunk. Home to a ton of very cool places to eat and drink, that section of Philly is just hell to park. But since it’s worth it, you find yourself being the hunter of parking. And alas, after 10 minutes of cruising around, I managed to snag a spot.

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THRILLIST-PHILADELPHIA / MANAYUNK GETS A SUSHI BAR WITH A SAMURAI COURTYARD

From a restaurateur named Moon who owns Chabaa Thai/presumably’s a sailor, Yanako’s a dashing double-decker sushi spot opening tonight at Rector & Main that’ll serve up rice-rolled deliciousness in environs so authentically Japanese it had the Famicom version of Contra nine months before you did. The interior — designed by a handful of Philly U architecture grads — is one big homage to The Land of the Rising Sun, from wood & glass shoji screens and a sit-on-the-floor tatami dining room, to a samurai’s courtyard-mimicking atrium and sushi bar hewn from an 18ft, raw-edged slab of monkeypod, or what Apple insiders called the Zune.

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GRUB STREET-PHILADELPHIA / WHAT TO EAT AT YANAKO

More than a year ago we told you that Moon Krapugthong was closing the doors on her popular Bangkok street food restaurant Mango Moon in advance of opening a more ambitious Japanese BYOB with a sushi bar. That restaurant, Yanako, opens tonight on Main Street in Manayunk. The bi-level restaurant serves a menu of traditional, “every day” Japanese dishes, and sushi, both Japanese and American variations. The space, which was created with the help of a team of architecture graduates from Philadelphia University, features an atrium with a Japanese terra cotta tile roof and green wall leading the way to the second floor. Upstairs there’s a sushi bar and Ozashiki room with floor seating. A large, copper-wrapped community table serves as a focal point in the room. The adjacent sushi bar is constructed with monkey pod wood and features unfinished edges and a natural grain pattern.

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CBS / WHAT’S COOKING ON 1060

And there’s a new Japanese restaurant in Manayunk, called Yanako.  Owner Pat Polwitoon says their executive chef, who is from Okinawa, will be serving up healthy delicacies.

“Okinawa is believed to be one region in Japan that people have the longest life,” Polwitoon says.  He adds that the menu is not just sushi

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MAINLINE TODAY / CHABAA THAI’S MOON KRAPUGTHONG OPENS SUSHI RESTAURANT

When the Chabaa Thai owner closed her second Thai eatery, MangoMoon last year, she knew a Japanese restaurant would be next on her list. And next week, Moon Krapugthong will open the doors toYanako, her two-story Japanese restaurant complete with an 18-foot sushi bar. Diners can expect traditional Japanese appetizers and entrées as well as a large selection of sushi, sashimi and signature rolls.

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DETAILS

Lunch:
Tues – Sun, Noon-3pm
Dinner:
Mon – Thurs, 5pm-9:30pm
Fri-Sat, 5pm-10pm
Sun, 5pm-9:30pm
Location:
4255 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(267) 297-8151
(267) 297 8341

Yanako Now Accepts Reservations Online:

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Eat fresh. Eat colorfully. Eat creatively.