Want to visit Japan sans the 15-hour journey from NYC? The owners of New York's beloved Sunrise Mart opened a 20,000-square-foot Japanese market and food hall, Japan Village, in Industry City in late November 2018, and it's definitely worth the trip.
There are plenty of reasons to visit Industry city already—ABC Carpet & Home, Petco, Li-Lac Chocolates—though the new addition is reason enough for an afternoon adventure. It's packed to the gills with interesting things to explore as a family, and it's a great way to do some cuisine globetrotting without paying for an international vacation. (Psst...read our guide to staycation ideas if you're looking for other in-town inspo!).
The space is divided into four distinct sections: Japanese grocery store Sunrise Market, 11 food stalls with authentic Japanese vendors, restaurant and cocktail bar WakuWaku, and Japanese liquor store Kuraichi. Families with children will particularly delight in Setagaya (for tonkotsu ramen), Moriya (rice bowls) and Gohei (where tykes can see how buckwheat and flour noodles are made), while the adults will appreciate aptly-named Omakase Sushi and Brooklyn Steak and Lobster (where the aforementioned are served with flavorful Japanese condiments).
Japan Village is located at 934 3rd Avenue Brooklyn (industrycity.com) and is open daily from 11:00am–7pm.