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Takashi: Late Night “Secret” Ramen Soothes the Soul

As noted in NY Mag’s article on late night ramen joints, Yakiniku Takashi has joined the list of Japanese restaurants that provide a different menu into the wee hours of the night. The seating is only available on Fridays and Saturdays on a reservation basis only. You can email them (ramen@takashinyc.com) to ensure a spot for maximum of 4 people. It wasn’t too difficult to score seats (surprisingly). After enduring several hours of hunger pains, I arrived at Yakiniku Takashi hungry and ready to pounce on my ramen.

They only have one type – the beef broth based ramen served with scallions, seaweed, beef belly and beef intestine (spicy or not). The glean on top is the oil, and that’s when you know you’re about to taste something hearty. The thin noodles were cooked just right, al dente, and soaked in the velvety broth. Other ingredients and seasonings made the broth come alive: The crispy beef intestine provided additional texture with each bite. Scallions helped cut the fattiness of the ramen while the seaweed provided the extra layer of umami flavor amongst the pork belly and beef.

All in all, I would go back especially considering this tough cold winter. How many below freezing nights and snow storms can we really endure? It definitely warms the body full of fatty flavorful goodness, and assures you that you’ll get through the winter just fine.

Yakiniku Takashi
456 Hudson Street (near Barrow St.)
New York NY 10014
(212) 414-2929