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So how's that late-night beef ramen at Takashi?

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valcfield Feb 23, 2014 02:37 PM

Anyone been? The couple of online blog reviews have been quite positive, but also (for better and for worse) not particularly comparative of how this stacks up in the ramen pantheon.

of course with an all beef broth i could understand hesitancy to compare but, as a regular food tourist to ny, trying to figure out if (as a ramen dish or just as a dish) this is worth my time to seek out. To that end, have been to Takashi back when they opened twice and thoroughly enjoyed my meals.

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  1. Tripeler RE: valcfield Feb 23, 2014 04:08 PM

    The only time I have seen beef ramen in Tokyo is in Taiwanese restaurants that do the beef noodle dish that's popular. If their regular ramen is good, give the beef ramen a try, then.

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      valcfield RE: Tripeler Feb 23, 2014 04:15 PM

      It's not a ramen place :). It's a yakiniku spot that specializes in offal, but they added a late night ramen on weekends recently with a bone/marrow/collagen broth, beef belly and fried intestine topping. SE piece here: http://newyork.seriouseats.com/2014/0...

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        mrnyc RE: valcfield Feb 23, 2014 06:14 PM

        ive eaten there several times (good yakiniku, but pricey) and wasnt even aware of this ramen offer, so good to know - thx!

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      valcfield RE: valcfield Mar 1, 2014 12:11 PM

      So answered my own question...

      Was in there last night, the beef broth is one of the most decadent broths i've had, in a good way.

      the fried intestines were crunchy (impressive esp after a few minutes in the broth), mineral-y, great.

      the beef belly was a better topping than all/nearly all chashu i've had.

      noodles were fine but nothing stood out about them; this was more about the broth and toppings.

      i got the spicy, friend got the normal. if i went again, i'd go normal and order the spicy paste on the side to put in- the spicy broth was great but it dominated the beef-y flavor, so i think it would be nice to start with the normal broth and slowly add in the spicy paste as you go.

      if i were around more often, i'd certainly go back here. maybe my favorite ramen i've had, which i'm no expert, but have had at least a handful of good places to compare.

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        Lau RE: valcfield Mar 25, 2014 10:17 AM

        very interesting, i want to try, but i wish it didn't have to be at midnight or later

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          ah6tyfour RE: valcfield Mar 26, 2014 12:08 AM

          This is a dumb question, but when they say that ramen is served Friday and Saturday 12am-2am, do they actually mean it starts at 12:01am on Friday (so it'd really just be late night Thursday) or do they mean Friday being Saturday at 12:01am?

          I'm in town on a Thursday and leave around noon on Friday. Would I be able to get a bowl of ramen?

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            Lau RE: ah6tyfour Mar 26, 2014 06:13 AM

            im prettys ure its the latter, but you should call them to find out. I'm curious to hear as well

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              ah6tyfour RE: Lau Mar 26, 2014 07:24 PM

              I'll call, but I think you are right. It's confusing (even though it only makes sense that it would be the evening of Friday and Saturday), since technically they are saying it's Friday and Saturday from 12am-2am.

              But looking at the business hours for Takashi, it makes sense that they take the two days they're open the longest, use the 30 min to convert to ramen shop, and serve.
              Monday 6-11pm
              Tuesday 6-11pm
              Wednesday 6-11pm
              Thursday 6-11pm
              Friday 5:30-11:30pm
              Saturday 5:30-11:30pm
              Sunday 5-10:30pm

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              kathryn RE: ah6tyfour Mar 26, 2014 07:44 AM

              Sounds like you're going to miss out.

              This what they sent me in the announcement:

              After more than a year in the making, we are proud to offer our new all-beef ramen, available late nights on Fridays and Saturdays.

              The soup is made with a rich beef broth simmered for more than 24 hours and natural beef collagen, then topped with Takashi's original red sauce, a mix of 20 spices cooked slowly for several days. The noodles are made especially for us with a unique flour blend, and each bowl is finished with braised beef belly, crispy small intestines (an Osaka staple), a soft boiled egg, and chopped scallions.

              The late-night ramen ($16) is available by reservations only, on Friday and Saturday nights. Seatings are at 12 AM and 12:45 AM, and can be secured by emailing ramen@takashinyc.com, starting at 5 PM on Monday of that week's ramen nights.

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                Lau RE: kathryn Mar 26, 2014 08:05 AM

                this sounds like its going to be a huge pain in the ass to get a res for

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                  valcfield RE: Lau Mar 27, 2014 11:17 AM

                  at least when i went a few weeks ago, which was long after the original announcement, i got a reservation on my first try for friday night, 2 people, promptly at midnight. could be i just got lucky, and i sent my email promptly at 5... but besides scheduling the email didn't 'encounter any trouble. certainly nothing like what you go through to get a res at some restaurants/a preorder for certain pastries ;)

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