Rating: 4 paws out of 5
Spent:.$25 per person
Date Friendly: Yes
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65 4th Ave
New York, NY 10003
On a food adventure throughout the city with a Japanese ferret, she suggested that we stop by here at her favorite ramen place in the city. Oh you know how this guy can get, get an idea in the head, it not coming out. This hungry ferret needed ramen and fast. Hopefully it be better than the ones from the old college dorm days, and not burn the place down getting it.
The bar area has a nice cool interior. They have various ramen bowls on the walls to decorate the place.
The dining area is also very trendy. There are plenty of modern art looking items around.
The walls by our booth also has some fancy Japanese writing that is highlighted by the light within the restaurant. Nice touch here.
The menu was easy to read. They have description for every dish and list all the ingredients. It shouldn’t be intimidating for anybody to decide what to order.
There usually a slight wait since this place is usually busy. Azumaichi Junmai Sake was there to entertain this ferret. This sake was served cold and have a pure taste. The flavors of the sake can probably be described as smooth and having a slight dry after taste. It is served in a modern shot glass but at the same time within a traditional sake box. Paws up for this one. Note also at the bar, the dry ramen under glass as a decoration.
Hirata Buns are steamed bread buns filled with a juicy fatty pork, lettuce and a sauce. These buns are excellent here and have slight spicy kick to them. I recommend getting these as an appetizer.
Akamaru Modern is a tonkotsu soup with pork belly, cabbage, mushroom, scallions, miso paste, and garlic oil. The ramen in this dish was excellent. They had the right balance between texture, taste and length. The soup had a strong pork flavor and went very well with all the ingredients in the bowl. This dish was very satisfying.
Miso Ramen is a bit different, it contained Soy bean paste flavored ramen noodles in tonkotsu soup with pork belly chashu, cabbage, spinach, manma, ginger & scallions. The ramen noodles in this dish was also excellent. The flavor of the soup is much more milder and not as strong as the tonkotsu one, it not as salty. But still excellent also, this would be a second choice.
Note also for all the Ramen dishes, you can get a Kae-dama order for additional $2. Which is extra noodle on a plate to add back into your ramen dish. This is worth the extra two dollars since ramen here cost $13 per bowl. As long as you have a decent amount of broth left it be a good option, most likely people can finish another order of noodles.
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