Centered right in the middle of the ever-so busy Herald Square, Zen Ramen & Sushi is your jackpot sushi and ramen spot. With more than 20 sushi and ramen options, Zen can fill any Asian cuisine lover’s desire. The décor is decked out in rustic Japanese style while the service is impeccably quick and welcoming. If you’re looking for something swift and delicious, try the karaage ($9). Fried to perfection, the karaage is Japanese style fried boneless chicken strips adorned with a matching mayonnaise dip.
If you’re looking for a sushi fix, try the tuna ($6), salmon ($5) or yellowtail scallion ($6). All three selections come with two sushi roles and are simple enough for the basic beginner, but senior enough for the decorated admiral. Top those off with the Japanese beer, Echigo Stout ($8) and your taste palate will rise a few degrees.
For a heftier meal, try the beef ramen ($15). Cooked with beef broth, roasted chashu beef, iceberg lettuce, menma bamboo, sweet corn, scallion and arugula. This great bowl of noodles is strong enough to feed a small army, but savory enough to have one bite and taste a world of flavors. Finish your meal with an adorable helping of green tea ice cream. Get ready to unbuckle your belt at this hidden midtown gem.
BY TIME OUT COMMUNITY REVIEWER: EMY RODRIGUEZ