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|
1234 H St NE
|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|