Opening of the Niku bar in Lower Greenville

Just in time for the Texas / OU game, popular Japanese steakhouse Manpuku opens Niku Bar, an outdoor space featuring an extensive menu of drinks and Japanese tapas.

Manpuku, which means “to be happy with a full stomach” in Japanese, has four restaurants in California and seven yakiniku restaurants in central Tokyo, but the Niku Bar is the first of its concept.

The bar menu was created by chef Kentaro Tsunado, who was a Michelin-starred executive sous-chef at Stella Maris in Paris before joining Manpuku.

Tsunado’s menu will feature a unique mix of Japanese and Spanish tapas-style shareable bites, such as plain beef and kobe sashimi, beef yakiniku tortilla pizza, crab ceviche, Japanese taco rice and crispy cheese and spicy beef ramen.

The drink menu includes an exclusive sangria with red wine, fresh seasonal fruit and local honey, as well as sommelier-selected wines, Japanese whiskeys and craft beer.

“In Japanese, niku means ‘meat,’ so we’ll focus on new ways to experience American wagyu beef with interesting flavors like sea urchin or raw egg yolk,” Tsunoda said in a statement.

Tsunoda also says that the experience outside on the patio will be a completely different experience than inside Manpuku with a large and varied menu. The bar will feature walls flanked by greenery with seating for 59 and a private room with a sofa.

The Niku Bar will open on October 7.

Niku Bar, 2023 Greenville Ave.

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