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.
My friend got the Oyako-Don–chopped chicken over rice topped with organic raw egg.
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.)
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.
I thought it was delicious, simple yet flavorful.
My friend opted for the spicy ramen, a dish she also enjoyed very much.
I look forward to returning to Ippudo to try the tapas and more ramen.
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.
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