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Dinner: Ramen Takumi

Ramen Takumi on University Place has an average rating on Yelp, but I really liked the salt- and soy-based ramen I’ve had here.  Admittedly, I don’t know much about ramen to know what’s authentic.

I’ve had the Konbu seaweed and shiitake mushroom-based broth ramen at Totto Ramen and the pork-based broth ramen at Ippudo NY, and they were both very good.  However, my taste gravitates toward the salt broth at Ramen Takumi.

I like the croquettes appetizer.  The menu doesn’t say it’s vegetarian, but it has potato and peas inside.

croquettes
My friend got the Oyako-Don–chopped chicken over rice topped with organic raw egg.

Ramen2
On this visit, I got the Shio Ramen–natural salt flavored broth with two slices of pork, bamboo shoots, salt flavored egg, seaweed, scallion, scallop powder and noodle, pictured below.  (Previously, I got the Syo-Yu Ramen–soy sauce flavored broth with two sides of pod; bamboo shoots, soy sauce flavored egg, seaweed, scallion, onion and noodle.)

ramen

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Dinner: Ippudo NY

Ippudo NY opened its West 51st Street location this Monday, and I was there.  I was surprised there were no long lines for opening night.

The restaurant has a bar in the front room and a large, communal table in the main dining room.  We were seated at a table in the traditional dining area.  I like the modern and clean feel of the white and reddish-orange chairs and booths against the wood grain and brick.

The menu has a large number of appetizers along with a lengthy listing of sake.  I just wanted to try the ramen.  I went with the classic ramen since it was my first time having pork-based broth–and added the egg.

classic ramen

I thought it was delicious, simple yet flavorful.
My friend opted for the spicy ramen, a dish she also enjoyed very much.

spicy ramen
I look forward to returning to Ippudo to try the tapas and more ramen.

Smorgasburg

I finally made it to Smorgasburg, a weekly outdoor food festival on the waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Smorgasburg is not exactly what I thought it would be.  I thought there would be food purveyors more like the market near South Street Seaport with foods and goods that you take home, but it’s more like a food court with stands of Indian street food, ramen, banh mi, smoked meats, grilled cheese and more.  I got a Bolivian pork sandwich and soda from La Casa de Camba.

Bolivian pork sandwich

The colorful stand was a fun spot with lively music playing and a bar on the side for patrons to sit.  The pork sandwich was very good.  I got mine mild, as I’m not a fan of spice, but it came in mild, medium and spicy.  The soda was refreshing.

Bolivian soda

A gruyere grilled cheese from Milk Truck:

Milk Truck grilled cheese

I did pick up some creative jam, grapefruit with smoked salt, from Anarchy in a Jar:

jam and marmalade