Ramen noodle dishes can be quite flavorful and fun to eat. In New York City, there are lots of ramen restaurants, and according to a recent Grub Street article, the city’s first spicy ramen-only eatery is now open for business.
Located at 230 Thompson Street near Washington Square Park, the all-new Karakatta is a small and charming restaurant that is operated by Takayuki Watanabe and Takatoshi Nagara. Mr. Nagara is the chef and Mr. Watanabe is the owner of the fittingly named Mr. Taka ramen restaurant on the Lower East Side.
Karakatta offers four basic types of ramen dishes. These include shoyu, classic-style butter-miso, spicy vegetable curry, and a ginger-infused option. Some dishes come with a choice of chicken or pork belly, and spice-levels in all of the dishes can be adjusted.
Teriyaki chicken or pork belly dinners that come with miso soup and different-colored Japanese pickles are available at Karakatta, as are appetizers such as Japanese-style fried chicken.
The different ramen bowls at Karakatta are loaded with healthy and delicious ingredients including scallions, zucchini, ground pork, bean sprouts, cabbage, and my favorite, leeks.
Karakatta sounds like a nice place to visit for a ramen meal. Being a fan of ramen, I would particularly like to try their spicy veggie curry.
Until I can get to Karakatta to try their food, I can still cook and eat the little packages of ramen noodle soup that I purchase for approximately $0.39 each. Even though they’re high in sodium, these noodles, when drained, can be a good side dish. It would be great if they made the noodles microwavable, however.
To me, the opening of Karakatta represents the sheer size of New York City and the incredible amount of diversity that is displayed in its population. A spicy ramen-themed restaurant is certainly a niche business, and according to the Grub Street article, crowds of hungry diners have been enjoying the delightful fare that this new restaurant has to offer.