Izakaya Shinya Brings Late-Night time Japanese Avenue Foodstuff To Wicker Park

WICKER PARK — A cafe serving Japanese street food stuff staples with late-night hours has opened in Wicker Park.

Izakaya Shinya, 2255 W. North Ave., opened this thirty day period in the previous residence of Jay’s Beef, which closed in early 2022.

The menu options a variety of izakaya staples like yakitori chicken dishes, grilled vegetables and seafood options, all crafted by proprietor Hugo Leung, who also owns Shinya Ramen Residence in Bridgeport.

Leung explained he’s used significant time in Japan, like a modern stint wherever he researched with Japanese chefs to learn about the country’s cuisine and culinary scene. On best of his ramen shop, he hopes to spotlight a type of Japanese cuisine that may not pretty perfectly recognised in Chicago.

That includes a lot of rooster dishes, in which Leung reported attempts to use all components of the fowl, including serving hearts, skin, wings and more.

“When I point out Japanese food stuff, people will say, ‘Oh, it is sushi.’ But my notion was, I want to bring up the plan of a avenue food stuff from Japan, which is extremely common,” he mentioned. “Not numerous outlets [in Chicago] are carrying out pretty distinctive dishes like the rooster coronary heart and rooster lanterns and that’s why I want to deliver that principle above in this article.”

Since using in excess of the location from Jay’s Beef past 12 months, Leung has thoroughly renovated the restaurant to make it truly feel like a traditional izakaya, a informal, casual bar that serves drinks and snacks. That contains including tatami seating and before long, a back patio.

Izakaya Shinya is BYOB, but Leung said he expects his liquor license to occur by this month. As soon as it does, he plans to serve cocktails featuring fruit flavors from throughout Japan, as properly as beer and sake.

Also somewhat uncommon to Izakaya Shinya are its several hours: the cafe will continue to be open until finally 2 a.m., introducing one more spot for late evening drinkers to undertaking soon after Wicker Park’s bars shut.

“In Japan, izakayas, they close at 4 a.m. They get fast paced proper right after operate … then they even now have people today being right until like 3 a.m,” Leung claimed. “We’re not just ‘come to a dinner place and order an appetizer, entree.’ [Customers] can continue to be in this article for three, four several hours for ingesting and chatting and consuming.”

Izakaya Shinya is open up 5 p.m.-2 a.m. just about every day. More details can be identified on its web site.

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