A quick dish made with a miso soup base and curly noodles, ramen has become a go-to for locals looking for something fast, hearty and delicious; and the piping hot dishes served at Na Ni Wa or around the corner at Takumi can be made-to-order, with pork slices, chicken teriyaki or even hard-boiled eggs to accompany the vegetables. Grab some octopus or gyoza while you wait for the main dish; the busy atmosphere will have you feeling like you’ve escaped to Japan while out to lunch.
Time Out tip: Set up like a fast food counter, Takumi often has a line stretching out the door. Don’t worry—it moves fast, though you may have to remind the others standing on line of your place in it. If you’re in a hurry, though, aim to get there right when they open at 11:30.