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Second Chinatown location of the popular minichain, this one specializing in Japanese dishes like yakitori, sukiyaki, and shabu shabu, cook-it-yourself Japanese hot pot.

Our Review

Joy Yee Plus occupies the former space of the original Joy Yee (relocated down the street), all gussied up with LCD menu boards and a koi tank you can walk upon sunk into the floor. As the newest member of this Chicago-based restaurant dynasty, JY+ is betting on success with an Asiatic trifecta of Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese cuisines, sending out respectable if bowdlerized versions of Asia’s greatest hits. Vietnamese pho tasted bright and clean, hinting of the complexity you’d find on Argyle Street but with none of the chthonic funk; Peking duck in buns was dry, a tad too lean; and unextraordinary sushi proves the equal of much raw fish you’d find around Chicago. There are more adventurous options: if you’ve never had gizzards or chicken skin, such nuggets of offal are available here as yakitori. Maki rolls rule: Bananza is a surprisingly well-balanced concoction of banana, soft-shell crab, mustard, and microgreens. To drink, there are fresh fruit smoothies or you can BYO; for dessert, there’s Taiwanese shaved ice with red and green beans, though these were difficult to swallow and perhaps too "authentic" even for us.

David Hammond

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