Toki Underground

Restaurants, Japanese H Street Corridor
5 out of 5 stars
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
 (Photograph: Courtesy Toki Underground/Daniel Krieger)
Photograph: Courtesy Toki Underground/Daniel Krieger
 (Photograph: Courtesy Toki Underground/Daniel Krieger)
Photograph: Courtesy Toki Underground/Daniel Krieger

Hip twentysomethings squeeze into this tiny spot to slurp big bowls of ramen in rich, house-made broth. The dumplings are great, too—we especially like the grilled pork ones—and there are more than 20 kinds of saké available. The space is decorated with graffiti, skateboards and comic books, and for dessert, you can dunk warm chocolate-chip cookies in a glass of milk. What’s not to like? Just one thing: the wait for seats can take a couple of hours. There are no reservations, but you can hang out at the bar downstairs until the staff text you.


Venue name: Toki Underground
Address: 1234 H St NE
Washington, DC

Cross street: between 12th & 13th Streets
Opening hours: 5–10pm Mon–Wed; 5–11pm Thur; 5pm–midnight Fri, Sat
Transport: Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro then X2 bus
Price: Main courses $5–$12
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Average User Rating

5 / 5

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The waits are long but the ramen is seriously worth it. Start with a cocktail, then linger over an order of steamed buns. But it's the ramen, deeply flavored with a rich broth, that you'll want to return for again and again.

You can tell by the two- to three-hour wait every night that Toki Underground is something special. It's a small, brightly designed Japanese restaurant with limited seating, but it serves some of the best ramen around. My favorite is the Toki Classicc, and don’t forget to order steamed buns. The restaurant also has a pretty creative cocktail of the best old fashioneds I've ever had was here, because the bar manager made it with some homemade syrup that put a new spin on it (I can’t remember the flavor!). Have the miso chocolate chip cookies and milk for dessert, trust me.