Sapporo has a wealth of different kind of foods to suit just about every taste. In a previous article I talked about three of the most well-known foods intrinsic to Sapporo, but today I’d like to talk about a specialty restaurant that while it has other locations other than Sapporo (only 3 others in the entire country), it is more than worth mentioning.
Brooklyn Parlor is a restaurant that, as the name may imply, seeks to replicate the style of a New York style restaurant in means of looks and atmosphere. Their focuses are expressed directly under their signs: “music – café – books – eats – bar”.
One of the first things you notice when you enter the restaurant is a fresh and modern feel, with an exceptionally spacious dining floor and sharply planned placements for stylish and fashionable bookshelves, filled to the brim with many books (mostly in Japanese) to leaf through at your leisure.
The menus are slick and simple. Many American favorites are here, from buffalo wings to onion rings to a variety of burgers. At lunch time, they have daily specials for their sandwiches and salads as well.
One of my favorite parts of the experience was being able to choose all of the things I wanted on my burger. There is a choice to add avocado, grilled pineapple, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, blue cheese, grilled bacon or an extra patty to your burger (this however, does not appear to be an option at the Shinjuku and Hakata locations).
Burgers are a little on the expensive side, ranging from 1200 yen for a simple hamburger to 1500 for the specialty burgers. This however, is worth the price as the burgers are decently sized and quite tall.
While I can’t speak for the Shinjuku, Osaka and Hakata locations, the Avocado & Cheddar Cheese burger seemed to be quite the hit during lunch time. At 1500 yen, this burger is served with a side of tiny pickles and shoestring style French fries.
The beef in the burgers is surprisingly zesty and flavorful, very reminiscent of their American counterparts. The patty was generously covered with cheese and the avocados were ripened to the perfect texture and firmness.
This unique taste by the way, is not very common in most burgers I’ve had from the Japanese chains focusing on burgers. While they are still tasty, they do not reach this nostalgic American burger taste.
Lastly, a New York themed restaurant would most certainly be incomplete without one of the state’s most famous desserts: New York style Cheesecake. If you order this cheesecake after having lunch, they shave 100 yen off the price for you. Served with a small glass of orange marmalade sauce, the flavor is creamy and not too sweet, with a satisfactory citrusy high note.
Brooklyn Parlor also aims to please with a variety of drinks both alcoholic and non. They offer blueberry, lemon grass and rhubarb vinegar sodas to satisfy your desire for sweet and sour, or if you are a the mood for fresh fruit they have smoothies to offer. Lastly, there is a very extensive alcohol menu and the several kinds of coffee and tea drinks to choose from.
060-0002 Sapporo, Hokkaido Chuo-ku,
Kita 2 Nishi 4-1 Banchi Akarenga Terrace, 2nd Floor
Closest Station: Sapporo Station
Exit Sapporo Station South Exit, follow Odori Park straight for about 5 minutes and the building will be to your right. Brooklyn Parlor is on the second floor.
Hours of operation:
Every day from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM. Closed days are not established.