Noodling Around: Nine Tasty Asian Spots
by Kathleen Squires
Photo: Zagat Buzz (via Flickr)
If you like some style with your soup, this is the place for you. The first American outpost of a vast Japanese chain, high design distinguishes it from the average noodle shop, with a sprawling bamboo tree, arty depictions of warriors, soup bowls affixed to the walls and Plexiglas-encased noodles at the bar. Tantalizing aromas waft from the open kitchen, which turns out ramen as inspired as the decor. The pleasantly pliant noodles are made in-house, and from the five ramen varieties. The Akamaru Modern is the standout for its intense, layered, extremely porky broth laced with red miso, garlic oil, wood ear mushrooms, scallions, cabbage and pork slices. There are a host of other Japanese dishes offered, but they're almost beside the point here.