The longest-running Japanese ramen parlor might be only two years old, but it has already made waves thanks to its creative use of ingredients — namely ramen broth.
Japanese Ramen Purveyor is a cozy space in Manhattan that combines a traditional café with a trendy hot spot. The setting is simple: Green tree branches accent each booth and at the center of the room are pieces of woven rugs that feature hand-dyed designs inspired by the watercolor work of Japanese artist and potter Hiroshi Sugimoto.
While it’s hard to navigate a complex menu at a space that doesn’t offer tables for sharing, nearly every bowl of ramen is worth trying.
Although each bowl comes with a generous amount of the original homemade noodle, a subtle mix of roasted pork or chicken in the broth, and additional picks and gizmos — seaweed, pickled ginger, green onions, and yes, soy sauce and scallion — different ingredients (ranging from seaweed salad to pork and chicken rolls) are dotted throughout. Noodle dishes of different strengths range from the light and tangy broth served with spicy ramen to more substantial ramen bowls with fat-as-your-teeth noodles.
The soup alone is an easily recommendable reason to stop in, but visitors should also make sure to sample the dumplings, which get their own bowl. Crisply pork and vegetable dumplings are served in a creamy sauce that’s light and salty. They’re delectable enough to share, but they’re also quite filling so ordering a small one or one of the glazed pork varieties, which have fillings like minced pork and roasted pork belly, is wise. More filling is another ramen-able treat that will be familiar to anyone with a butcher knife: hot pot. Set in a communal bowl filled with soybeans and seaweed, diners create their own broth using salt and garlic and are then given forks to to slice through the glob of soybean-infused water.