Ramen Lab

Ramen Lab

Ramen Lab by Sun Noodle

Ramen master Chef Jack Nakamura from Japan is prepping to open, “Ramen Lab” early next month on Kenmare St in downtown NYC.

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I was here for pre-opening media event. I had Torigara Shoyu Ramen and XO Miso Ramen. Pork Gyoza was very special. One of the best Japanese dumpling I ever had in New York *\(^_^)/* Recently I was at his famous Ramen shop AFURI in Ebisu, Tokyo Japan 🙂

鶏ガラ醤油ラーメン

 Torigara Shoyu Ramen (soy-based broth) $13

 Toppings: Pork Chashu, Menma, Nori, Spinach, Naruto, Fish Cake.

Tokyo style ramen consists of slightly thin, curly noodles served in a soy-flavoured chicken broth. The Tokyo style broth typically has a touch of dashi, as old ramen establishments in Tokyo often originate from soba eateries. Standard toppings are chopped scallion, menma, sliced pork, kamaboko, egg, nori, and spinach. Ikebukuro, Ogikubo and Ebisu are three areas in Tokyo known for their ramen. by wikipedia

Sun Noodle

#1502 18w noodles (太麺)

#0106 24w noodle (細麺)

XO味噌ラーメン

XO Miso Ramen $14

Toppings: Bean Sprouts, Nira, Scallions, corn.

Vegetarian. sun noodle miso paste with special xo sauce developed by kaizen trading, sun noodle #1502 18w noodles, special miso paste (liquid paste seasoning), oolong tea , butter optional.

Sapporo Style Ramen, the capital of Hokkaido, is especially famous for its ramen. Most people in Japan associate Sapporo with its rich miso ramen, which was invented there and which is ideal for Hokkaido’s harsh, snowy winters. Sapporo miso ramen is typically topped with sweetcorn, butter, bean sprouts, finely chopped pork, and garlic, and sometimes local seafood such as scallop, squid, and crab. Hakodate, another city of Hokkaidō, is famous for its salt flavored ramen, while Asahikawa in the north of the island offers a soy sauce-flavored variation. by wikipedia

  Chef Jack Nakamura in action!

アツアツ餃子

Piping Hot Gyoza $7

Pork Napa Cabbage, Nira

Toppings – Seasoned boiled egg $2

Housemade Chili Paste

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Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen

Ivan Ramen, the second location in L.E.S.

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 Ivan Ramen           25 Clinton Street ( b/t Houston St & Stanton St ) NYC         (646)-678-3859

Ivan Ramen opened a second location in the Lower East Side earlier this spring. Although I was disappointed with the ramen at their first location in Gotham West Market last year, I decided to give it another try at this new location.

I ordered two different kinds of appetizers and two different kinds of ramen. I’m sorry, but all four dishes were not for me. 😦  I’m giving it a two star rating for food. However, I’m giving it 3 hearts overall which I think is a more important rating. The best thing about this place is that they have an outdoor space in back. Since I came here in the early spring the weather was still cold, so I sat inside. I am sure people enjoy sitting in the outdoor back room during the summer time. I suggest you try the outdoor atmosphere yourself before the weather gets cold. This place still has buzz right now.

OVERALL FOOD ATMOSPHERE PRICE
♥♥ ♥♥ $$$1/2

 

1000 years old deviled egg – hen egg + preserved duck egg, tomato, bonito 3.50 ♥♥♥1/2

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double dredged chicken hearts + livers, ponzu honey mustard $8 ♥♥

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Four Cheese Mazemen dashi, pickled bean sprout, pork chashu, whole wheat noodle $15 ♥♥

Kewpie ebI – fried whole prawns, smoked chili,
watercress, lemon 15 ♥♥♥

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Spicy Red Chili Ramen dashi + chicken broth, minced pork, smashed egg, rye noodle $14 ♥♥

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Lancaster Okonomiyaki scrapple waffle, charred cabbage, pickled apple, maple kewpie $12 ♥♥

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Chicken Paitan Ramen – white chicken broth, chicken confit,
schmaltz fried onions, rye noodle 16 ♥♥♥

Braised Beef Tongue – dashi + beef broth, hot mustard 11 ♥♥♥

Roast Pork Musubi ♥♥

Tokyo Shio Ramen sea salts, dashi + chicken broth, pork chashu, rye noodle $13 ♥♥1/2

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Hinata Ramen

Chicken Broth Ramen

Hinata Ramen 159 E.55th St. b/t 3rd & Lexington Ave | 212-355-2974

I read on Twitter that Chef Michael Anthony from Gramercy Tavern visited Hinata Ramen a few months ago. I hadn’t heard of this ramen shop until then. So, I decided to come here for lunch. Hinata Ramen opened last November in Midtown East. I often eat ramen for lunch. There are many choices of ramen shops around my office in Midtown such as Hide-chan, Totto, Ippudo West, and a few more places. Today I found a new edition to add to my ramen lunch options. Chef Anthony mentioned this place’s noodle and that it was somehow related to Ippudo. So I was even more curious about this place!! I was also interested in tasting their broth. Most popular ramen shops often serve pork based broth, but Hinata specializes in chicken broth ramen.

Overall Food Atmosphere Price
♥♥♥1/2 ♥♥♥
♥♥1/2 $$  
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Original Hinata Paitan Ramen – Chicken broth $12.5 ♥♥♥1/2

I started my lunch with gyoza and pork bum to share. I didn’t much care for either appetizer, but it was good and decent enough. I sat at the front counter seat so that I could see the action in the kitchen behind the glass window. (It does not have an open kitchen.) I ordered the Original Hinata Paitan Ramen and my friend ordered the Aburi Niku Miso Ramen which is limited to 10 bowls per day. Both ramen were very good.

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Aburi Niku Miso Ramen – (Limited 10 bowls per day) ♥♥♥1/2

My favorite is Shoyu Tonkostuu (soy based and pork based mixed.) Compared to pork based this was much lighter and cleaner. Definitely refreshing.

It was also great to meet the owner, Chef Madoka Tamura. I was a little shocked to see a young Japanese lady. I guess I always imagine a ramen shop owner to be a man. Like I said, Hinata’s ramen is very clean and elegant. This made perfect sense once I met her. She was lovely. I asked her about her background. She said this is her first restaurant and she taught herself how to make ramen. I’m the owner of Cutie Room, but having a boutique and running a restaurant are two different things. I was very impressed. I love seeing Japanese women doing their thing in NYC!

Owner/ chef Madoka Tamura

I eat at most ramen shops more than twice before giving a rating. So, at this time I can’t give a proper rating yet. I am definitely going back for lunch again soon. Stay tuned for an update!

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Hinata Pork Bun ♥♥♥

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Kurobuta Gyoza ♥♥♥

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