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Every week, I document another dish that impressed and satiated me during my food adventures around New York City

In the last few months, there have been a series of big Japanese chains that opened their first US location in New York. Normally, I don’t like to eat at chain restaurants, but it’s a bit of a novelty and Japanese fast food is generally more nourishing and exciting than American fast food.

Wagamama, TsuruTonTan, and Ichiran were the three major Japanese noodle players that have debuted to long lines in New York City. The one that intrigued me most was Ichiran partly because they are located in a big factory in Bushwick but also because they have special solo dining flavor concentration booths.

In the booths, you are completely alone excpet for a button and a curtain. When the button is pushed, the curtain is partially raised and the torso of a waiter appears who will respond to your needs.

The entire experience, including the recommendations on how to be savor the soup is a little precious. As a busy New Yorker who often deals with many people, I did appreciate the opportunity to dine completely alone and not have to deal with anyone else. But I imagine the ramen would taste just as good if I was sitting at a table with a group of people.

You also get to customize your ramen from the firmness of the noodles to the richness of the broth to the amount of added toppings. I went down the menu circling the options the restaurant recommends for first timers.

So my soup ended up on the medium side of just about everything. And it was pretty great. The thin chewy noodles were truly fantastic and the complex super porky tonkotsu broth was indeed worth savoring. The other notable addition, besides some serious garlic, scallions, and a meaty pork chashu, is their signature top secret spicy red sauce.

It was one of the better ramen soups I’ve had recently. Like many, I was dismayed by the prices  here (almost double the price of the Japanese locations) and the gimmicky flavor booths are a little too serious. But there’s no denying that this is one seriously good bowl of ramen. Price: $18.90

ICHIRAN
374 Johnson Avenue (between Bogart Street and Morgan Avenue),
(718) 381-0491
Bushwick, Brooklyn
ichiran.com/en

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

This unique combination had been on my radar for a few years and I finally got to taste the Jamaican-Japanese mash-up. Miss Lily’s switches out the Japanese pork bone broths for a spicy jerk broth. Alongside the springy noodles is jerk chicken, ackee, jerk pork belly, and a soft boiled egg. It’s warming, firey, and a very cool mash-up. Price: $16
MISS LILY’S 7A
109 Avenue A (at East 7th Street),
East Village
(212) 812-1482
misslilys.com/locations/east-village-7a/

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

When I am feeling under the weather, I run to the nearest Thai restaurant and order their spicy and sour tom yum gong soup. Clears things right up. The trendy Fish Cheeks is far from a take-out joint and their communal soup is one of the best versions I’ve ever tasted. The milky shrimp broth is loaded with delicate flavors from mushrooms, chiles, galangal, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. It’s quite spicy, nicely funky, and completely restorative.. Price: $22

FISH CHEEKS
55 Bond Street (between Bowery and Lafayette Street),
Noho
(212) 677-2223
fishcheeksnyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2016…

One of my favorite meals of last year was at the clandestine East Village sushi temple Kura. Well I was stoked this year when the Kura folks opened a secret room of udon. On a winter night, I can’t think of anything more restorative than the thick toothsome noodles in a warm, clear complex seaweed broth. Price: $15
RAKU
342 East 6th Street (between First and Second Avenue),
East Village
(212) 228-1324
rakunyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Truffle Seafood Broth with Sizzling Crispy Rice at OIJI

I might have to claim Oiji, the modern refined Korean small plates joint, the best new restaurant of 2015. All the food is excellent! One of the highlights for me was a luxurious bowl of rich, seafood broth with a hint of truffles. It’s populated with shrimp, scallops, and mussels. And then the crowning acheivement is the garnish of two sizzling bricks of crispy rice. The rice softens and melts into the soup soaking up every ounce of flavor. Price: $20

OIJI
119 First Avenue (between East 7th and East 8th Street),
East Village
(646) 767-9050
oijinyc.com

I’m counting down the 100 best dishes I tasted in 2015…

Fish Ball Soup at SHU JIAO FU ZHOU

In Chinatown, it’s always the places you’re least likely to wander into that are worth wondering into. All the incredibly cheap dishes (nothing was over $4) at Shu Jia Fu Zhou were worth much more than I paid. I even liked the scary sounding fish ball soup/ The clear broth that the fish balls were floating in was as delicate and complex as anything I’ve had at any high-end restaurant. Its subtle scallion and celery notes gave the tender fish balls a perfect bath. Price: $2

SHU JIAO FU ZHOU
118 Eldridge Street (at Broome Street),
Chinatown
(212) 625-2532

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