Japanese-born businessman Hiroshi Kubo originally took up ramen-making as a hobby, but a successful pop-up shop he ran at Moco Global Dining earlier this year encouraged him to open a restaurant of his own. His special “Kubo-chan” soup features a blend of pork, chicken and seafood stocks, topped with a classic combo of char siu pork, scallions and bamboo shoots. The low-key East Village eatery has wooden tables, brick walls and a low counter—plus a built-in rival, in the form of ramen shop Minca, just next door.
536 E 5th St
|Cross street:||between Aves A and B|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–midnight; Thu–Sat 5pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average ramen: $11. MC, V|