Amidst the street art of Wynwood, a new Japanese street food joint has recently opened up that will transport you from Miami to Tokyo as soon as you step through the door. Buya Izakaya + Yakitori is serving up traditional Japanese cooking styles paired with modern flavors at this grungy-chic eatery. Inside the industrial-style space, a red neon sign casts a warm glow over walls plastered with graffitied band posters. At the center of the restaurant lies a “hidden” cocktail bar, inspired by the small watering holes found in the infamous alleyways of the Shinjuku district. Towards the back sits a 6-person bar that is large enough to comfortably dine at while watching as cocktails are masterfully crafted by the bartender. Buzzy without ever feeling overcrowded, this spot — and these plates — were made to be shared and savored with friends. Each dish brings flavorful surprises that delight, like unexpected seasonings and bold sauces. Try a sampling of Kushiyaki — perfectly grilled and skewered bites of wagyu, yellowtail snapper, or shiitake mushroom. Order the pork belly buns or Tokyo street corn for the table and wash it down with one of their three signature sake cocktails, like the “Show Me Wax On, Wax Off”. Then round out your meal with the black sesame ice cream sandwich served over Suntory whisky caramel. While the menu can feel a bit overwhelming at first glance, their knowledgeable staff can help you navigate your way through their mouthwatering selections. And of course, you can always try more dishes the next time you come back.
Buya Izakaya + Yakitori
250 NW 24th Street
Miami, FL 33127
Open 7 days a week from 12pm-11pm