Real, genuine tonkotsu-style ramen is happening right here in NY, thanks to Hideto Kawahara, whose ramen-ya roots run deep in Japan. These noodles are cooked exactly as customer-specified and arrive perfect every time-even for the savviest and most discerning salarymen who tend to pour in late Friday nights for the post-work, post-bar scene. But on cold days, arrive early for lunch or risk a line that is sure to snake down the stairs. In addition to their springy ramen floating in rich, fortifying broth, include other treats like crispy gyoza, traditional takoyaki, and steamed buns. For those who want to shy away from noodles, the dons are surprisingly good. The setting is appropriately informal, while service can be spacey at times.
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