You can blame Mark O’Leary for lengthening the city’s ramen lines—the co-founder of Guchi’s Midnight Ramen (with Pagu chef/owner Tracy Chang) worked the city into a late-night noodle-and-broth frenzy. Now, the former O Ya and JM Curley chef has landed at Shojo, already a venerated Chinatown spot, and elevated the menu to cult-level status. It’s a small-plates bonanza: cashew shrimp bao, kimchi fried rice and mazeman, a dry-style of ramen topped with bacon, crispy leeks and a poached egg. Then there are the oddities, most notably the Shojonator burger, a trademarked play on Wendy’s Baconator topped with smoked bacon and kimcheese (Velveeta and kimchi). And yes, there’s ramen to be had, but only at lunchtime—so plan on a daytime return visit.
9 Tyler St
|Cross street:||at Beach St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed 5:30–11pm, Thu 11am–11pm, Fri–Sat 11am–2am|
|Transport:||Orange line to Chinatown|