What this simple spot lacks in décor, it makes up for in charming details (think: friendly service, an energetic open kitchen, and a chalkboard menu). Order a Sapporo on tap and a small plate like shrimp nikuman, shrimp tempura wrapped in a steamed bun, and prepare for the main event: truly remarkable ramen. The menu lists several slurp-worthy varieties, including a Hakata-style tonkatsu. This pork bone distillation is vigorously simmered to produce a creamy broth infused with bone marrow and stocked with noodles, char siu, nori and fish cake. Equally delicious is the vegetarian variety, highlighting a soy milk base teeming with carrots, ginger and broccoli. For Manhattan residents, Lucky Cat, an offshoot, sits on busy East 53rd Street.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors