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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...
Per a recent conversation with Jamison Blankenship—co-owner of Prospect Heights’ beloved ramen shop, Chuko—BK Mag learns that their izakaya offshoot, Bar Chuko (located mere steps away on Vanderbilt Avenue), will shutter on the 25th of the month. “The food was spectacular, we had an amazing chef, we’re proud of everything we did, but after two years, it just never hit the midweek numbers that we wanted,” Blankenship explained. “Whereas at the ramen shop, we’ve...
For a long while, tortillas were the go-to vessel for globally inspired sandwiches, likely spurred by the spate of Mexic-Asian Smorgasburg stands and taco trucks. But little by little, they’ve been overtaken by chewy Chinese steam buns. Also known as bao or mantou, these starchy pockets of steamed yeast dough are as versatile as they are unobtrusive, flavor-wise; they're essentially a tidy, palm-sized version of American white bread. So from the classic char siu...
Oh, you lucky North Brooklyn residents, rejoice. The beloved Prospect Heights ramen joint Chuko has decided to open up a Bushwick ramen outpost for your satisfied slurping and over-consumption of crazy delicious fried brussels sprouts. And you won't even have to wait that long before you avoid trekking to South Brooklyn for some of that sweet noodle action: The owners are hoping to be up and running in the new space by March. The new...

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