Umami Ramen Is Ready To Feed You
The most recent ramen joint to open its doors in Lower Manhattan is Umami Ramen (3 Hanover Square). It of course joins the ranks of many a noodle house in the neighborhood — most notably Kuu (20 John St.), a reliable lunch spot which gets cramped fast (not that anyone minds, since it has low-key built itself a faithful following). The big advantage to Umami, however, is its colorfully decorated space, with plenty of seating beneath delicately hung lanterns. So the chances of accidentally elbowing a fellow broth chugger are slim. And we needn’t our elbows bothered when we’re chugging broth, do we?
Umami’s straightforward and service-y menu (Seamless kiosks are provided at the entrance for you to order, then seat yourself) provides all the staples one would find in your typical NYC ramen spot — shoyu, miso, tonkotsu — and chili oil is within reach at every seating for those who want a trial by fire. Don bowls are also available for those who prefer rice (something of a troll move when frequenting a ramen place IMHO but you do you).
In case you’re worried about walking away hungry, try a slew of other offered noshes, like the shrimp tempura, gyoza and edamame. But, to be quite honest, the ramen bowl should sufficiently satisfy — especially when given the time and space to slurp it down in peace.