Ajisen Noodle

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Photograph: Jessica Lin
Markedly un-Zen with busy caricaturish decorations—paper lanterns, sumo paintings and a bamboo-shoot ceiling—this Japanese restaurant by way of Singapore is the sole New York location of an international ramen chain that comprises more than 400 restaurants. The salty, signature soup is a steaming bowl of creamy-textured pork broth ramen with slabs of roasted pork and a hard-cooked egg. Make it even more savory by ordering it topped with “tendrous ribs,” which lend a dense, sweet flavor and fatty texture. Ajisen also serves a full sushi menu, bubble teas and an adventurous Mixed Slush dessert—a mountain of sweet lychee snow topped with corn, sweet red beans and tapioca, drizzled with sugary icing.
Venue name: Ajisen Noodle
Address: 14 Mott St
New York
Cross street: between Mosco and Worth Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–10pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11pm
Transport: Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price: Average main course: $10. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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