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Hibino

JAPANESE  Kyoto Style Home Cooking

333 Henry St., Brooklyn, NY   Tel: 718-260-8052    www.hibino-brooklyn.com
Lunch: Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm, Dinner: Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-10:00pm
Fri & Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm, Sun Closed

Hibino is a home-style Japanese restaurant that opened the end of March in the quiet, sophisticated neighborhood of Cobble Hill. The high-ceilinged space has off-white walls that contrast with dark brown tables and chairs. The big front windows let in brilliant sunshine that bathes the whole restaurant. The relaxing, café-like atmosphere makes it easy to forget time as you hang out and relax. The “hibi” part of the name “Hibino” means “every day” in Japanese, and the menu reflects this theme, as it changes daily and features reasonably priced Kyoto-style obanzai (Japanese tapas) and comfort food along with sushi and other mainstays. The two owner/chefs, Hirohisa Hayashi and Masaru Fukuda, aim to create dishes so good you could happily eat them every day, and they work hard to turn out such a huge variety of fare that even regular customers never get bored. Beef kakuni, or braised short ribs, is a good example of Hibino’s comfort food-style menu that warms both the heart and stomach. This carefully prepared and finished dish has a totally different taste to that of the more typical buta no kakuni (slow-simmered pork belly).

Beef kakuni

This painstakingly prepared slow-simmered beef has the intensity and flavor of beef stew.
The daikon slowly melts in your mouth and the beef is so tender you can easily push your chopsticks right through it.$17.

The most popular dish among Japanese customers  BEST 3!

(1)Freshly Made Tofu ($4)
(2)Obanzai – Changes daily ($4)
(3)Salmon Yuan Yaki ($14)