a ramen shop comes to greenpoint
strolling down manhattan avenue this afternoon, i noticed that what had been katsu (tiny, usually empty japanese place) now boasted a different handpainted sign (ichiran ny). the note in the window said that ramen is very popular in japan, explained the different kinds, and said that ichiran is a japanese restaurant that excels in the tonkatsu variety. it also said that the owner of ichiran had fallen in love with greenpoint (?!) and was opening a new branch here. there were several magazine articles praising the original shop in tokyo. a september opening is promised. it seems a little odd, but here's hoping that we get some excellent japanese food.
Thanks for this excellent tip.
The Ichiran website lists the address as:
1013 Manhattan Ave. (at Greene St)
Spoke with the neighbors a couple of weeks ago and got the impression that its going to take a bit longer than expected. Apparently they haven’t started doing anything inside…
OMG - not to seem over excited, but OMG!
I've just moved from 2nd and 13th to Greenpoint. Right as Ramen Setagaya opens in my hood. Well, I was looking for Tomcats barbershop in my new hood, get lost and saw this place. I am so excited!
BTW, found the barber shop.
2nd BTW, did make it Ramen Setagaya and its amazing. Hopefully this place will be just as good.
Stopped by today. There seems to be some amount of progress- particularly with the amount of articles (some in Japanese) posted on the windows and door. One of them is from Adam Sachs' story earlier in the year from the NYT magazine, which I participated in and had recommended the Roppongi branch of Ichiran- http://travel.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/...
There is also a string of lights below the awning. More revealing, I spied Ichiran branded "noren" curtains hanging about, as well as a glimpse of someone inside working behind the counter. Nevertheless, things look a long way from kickoff. Ichiran shops have a particular layout and configuration and I'm interested in how this will be handled in Brooklyn, NY, USA. It will surely be one small step for a noodle shop, one giant slurp for mankind.