Already a hit in Manayunk thanks to her long-running Chabaa Thai, chef Moon Krapugthong has stepped out of her Thai curry comfort zone to launch Yanako, a Japanese concept with Okinawan Harou "Harry" Ige, a master of raw fish with an eye for elegance. Start at the sushi bar, downing seasonally dressed oysters and sliced escolar with dusted seaweed, then move onto proper soba or udon noodle entrees that juggle tradition and innovation.
Bento boxes are usually cheapo lunch
options, but here at Yanako they're used to showcase the diversity of Japanese cooking. A box featuring a 7-ounce teriyaki-marinated NY strip, for example, will run you $35 but is packed with everything you'd ever want to eat at a Japanese joint.