After over a year of contractor woes, DOB scuffles and other related, assorted headaches, Chuko 2.0 is finally a go in Bushwick.
And while original plans for the sizable Evergreen Avenue plot included an expanded menu and beer garden, owners Jamison Blankenship, David Koon and James Sato have elected not to reinvent the wheel—they’ll continue to churn out vintage Chuko favorites from a steamy open kitchen that overlooks a sake bar lined with stuffed Pokémon.
Embracing their legacy as forebears of Brooklyn’s brussels craze (thanks to their deep-fried, fish-sauced sprouts), kale salad mania (courtesy of raisins, sweet potatoes and miso) and polished ramen movement (by virtue of hormone-free meats and tailor-made noodles), they’ve done away with the extras that briefly divided their brand at Bar Chuko. Now they pledge allegiance to dialed-in winners like shrimp buns bound with tartar, salt and pepper-speckled chicken wings, and okonomiyaki-style tater tots, topped with undulating toupee’s of bonito.
Bushwick may be a brand new frontier for this longtime Prospect Heights darling, but to any habituated patron, it will feel like coming home.
144 Evergreen Ave.,718.484.9022, Bushwick