Japanese Brunch at Juban
Look at this beautiful entrance! I couldn’t not have a meal here. Juban is a restaurant in Chelsea that makes homemade Japanese comfort food. I was not really concerned about what they served because I was drawn in by the exterior design. That worked out well because I was surprised that when their sign says, “Stop in for brunch!” it’s not the brunch food one would expect. There’s no eggs and coffee, it’s sushi and ramen and sake. I was perfectly fine with it, but my dad, Wild Bill, announced that it was weird.
Juban has beautiful artwork inside as well, loud and colorful like Murakami that climbs up the wall and curves across the ceiling. Plus wide wooden plank floors and wood sculptures on the wall like I imagine Japan interiors to be. It’s an authentic and approachable izakaya experience.