Photos: Ramen Misoya
Ramen Misoya, a popular spot in the East Village, now has a second location tucked away underground in a landmarked West Village building with a small sign leading the way. Once guests enter the first set of doors on Charles St, a bright orange door takes you to the main dining room.
Chef/owner Norimitsu “Nori” Nishida opened the original Ramen Misoya in 2011 as the only NYC restaurant dedicated exclusively to miso ramen. The new restaurant features three types of ramen made with pork and chicken broth, plus a vegetarian broth prepared with mushrooms and seaweed.
Options include miso-marinated Pork Cha-Shu, Yasai (vegetables), Spicy and Kimchi bowls with additional toppings such as miso egg, ground pork, fried tofu, panko shrimp and more. Signature dishes include Goma Tan Tan Ramen based on shiro miso with sesame paste; Miso Curry Chicken Katsu Ramen and Konayuki Ramen, a kome miso broth with parmesan cheese and butter. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available. Visitors will also find classic appetizers like Pork Gyoza, Shrimp Shumai, Chicken Karaage and Black Pepper Tuna. Chef Nori is also making his own tofu from scratch.
The beverage program focuses on sake from the Chiyomusubi Brewery in southern Japan, which offers various styles of their sake in individual ‘cups’ and label designs featuring popular Japanese manga cartoon characters, plus a few beer, wine and chu-hi (shochu highball) options.
The design is sleek and modern, with a light color palette, blonde wood furniture and décor elements. Surprising high, 10 foot ceilings make the space feel open and airy. There is seating for up to 30 guests in two dining rooms featuring exposed brick and white walls, tiled floors as well as banquette, booth, table, and counter seating. A large window also allows diners to peek into the kitchen.
Ramen Misoya is located at 535 Hudson St, New York, NY (646) 368-1101
For more information, visit www.misoyanyc.com