Meet The Badass Chefs Of Karasu

Photographed by Andrew T. White

Yael Peet and Elena Yamamoto run this Brooklyn-based eatery

The following feature appears in the December/January 2017 issue of NYLON.

Walter’s eatery has occupied the corner of Dekalb Avenue and Cumberland Street in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood for years. But enter the establishment, walk past the restrooms all the way to the back, and you’ll find a new hidden gem of a Japanese restaurant called Karasu.

With a kitchen run solely by 26-year-old chef Yael Peet (who has worked at New York standouts like Frankie’s, Prune, and Shuko) and her 29-year-old co-chef Elena Yamamoto (who just returned to New York after spending over two years working in Japan, where her dad’s family is from), Karasu has proven an instant favorite.

Here, the pair chats with us about navigating their unique setup and creating an oddly popular environment for Tinder dates.

How would you describe the atmosphere of Karasu?
Yael Peet: Some nights we’re a restaurant, some nights we’re completely a cocktail bar—you never know what you’re gonna get, weekday or weekend. 

How do you make things work in such a small kitchen?
YP: We have a lot of restrictions, which can be fun. I look to Elena often and ask things like, “What did you eat while you were in Tokyo? What does your grandma make?”

What is your experience working as a woman in this field?
Elena Yamamoto: In Japan, there were a lot of things that I wasn’t allowed to do, but there’s this idea in Japanese cooking where you steal with your eyes. So even if they don’t let you touch things, you can learn from watching. In New York, I’ve worked at Mission Chinese and Milk Bar, where it’s pretty female-oriented.

YP: After leaving Prune, I realized how much I missed it because it was all women. There was a literal absence of sexual harassment. It was special and it showed me how it could be.

Does the secret location help set the vibe?
EY: Yeah, I think a lot of people come in for special occasions, like date night. I’ve seen a couple of weird Tinder dates. I fell in love with food because I think sharing a meal with someone is the best way to get to know them, and it’s really nice to be able to facilitate that.

YP: It definitely helps set the pace back here. It was a happy accident. We can’t let people in from off the street because it gives you access to the apartment upstairs. But there are no secrets! Come in, please come in!

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.