We stopped by Wasan for a Monday lunch and found it surprisingly busy. Perhaps it shouldn’t have been surprising, as this small space was perfectly comfortable–despite one boomy and animated customer who spoke nonstop. Jazz played softly in the background throughout our lunch, and the other guests either tuned in to their laptops or chatted very softly to each other. The soundscape was exactly what we like. Not silent, but the sound from chatter and music was in the background and wafted around, never dominating or intruding into our space.
There is a large window in the front of the restaurant, but fabric drapes the bottom half and a heavy curtain hangs by the front door. No doubt the drapery helped absorb sound. The seats have fabric covers and that may have helped too. Mostly, the space works because the atmosphere is serene and most people respect it by speaking softly.
At least half the tables were taken during our visit, so even if full the space should be at least tolerable. Wasan offers lunch specials, including fabulous bento boxes. We really enjoyed our meal and highly recommend a visit.
Monday through Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. | 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
440 Bergen Street (at 5th Avenue), Brooklyn, NY 11217