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Mu Ramen

12-09 Jackson Ave., Queens, NY 11101 40.743823 -73.950656
nr. 48th Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
917-868-8903 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Japanese/Sushi
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Official Website

ramennyc.wix.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 5:30pm-10pm; Sun, closed

Nearby Subway Stops

7 at Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Ave.; G at 21st St.

Prices

$15-$18

Payment Methods

Cash Only

Special Features

  • Hot Spot
  • Notable Chef
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

Mu Ramen was an unknown upstart when it burst onto New York’s crowded ramen scene with a late-night pop-up in an unexpected location (a bagel shop). The chef worked at Per Se for a time and quickly wowed the city’s noodle fiends with his broths, closing the shop after receiving effusive praise to focus on opening a legal venue in 2015. Even in a city full of creative riffs on traditional ramen recipes, Mu Ramen’s beef-based namesake is unlike any other, suffused with the great New York flavors of half-sour pickles and corned brisket. Experiments like this might not be so successful if it weren’t for chef Joshua Smookler’s intense focus on quality over quantity (the restaurant seats about half as many people as it could actually fit, in an effort to ease the kitchen’s burden). Other options are just as impressive: There’s a regal duck shoyu, clean like consommé, and a killer tonkotsu 2.0, Smookler’s take on the potent, heady broth made of pork bones and meat boiled for hours. The chef refines it just enough, by skimming off the fat, allowing its concentrated porkiness to come through more clearly. Beyond ramen, there’s a menu of similarly tinkered-with appetizers: okonomiyaki made with Western-style pancakes and smoked trout, sautéed clams in spicy dipping sauce, and a much touted but ultimately disappointing tebaski gyoza or deep-fried chicken wing that’s stuffed with foie gras.

Tonkotsu 2.0, $16; Mu ramen, $18; shoyu, $16

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