At this level, it takes quite a bit to face out in New York’s crowded ramen scene. Take the Decrease East Aspect’s Mr. Taka chef Takatoshi Nagara and proprietor Takayuki Watanabe, who apparently took this to coronary heart once they determined to open a second location. As an alternative of one other model of the unique store, the brand new restaurant, Karakatta, is concentrated solely on spicy ramen.
There are 4 choices: one thing the 2 Takas name spicy ginger stamina, infused with as a lot ginger as you’d use to stave off a chilly; a basic butter-miso for the coldest nights; Taka’s shoyu; and spicy veggie curry. Spiciness for all the bowls could be tailor-made in response to a scale that runs from one to 3; for the singer, warmth is added by each chili oil and chopped chilies that bob within the broth. There are additionally a couple of appetizers, like karaage, out there stuffed into buns or served with curry and ponzu-sesame sauce. Additionally anticipate rice bowls like a teriyaki pork stomach or hen.
A small spot on Thompson Road simply south of Washington Sq. Park, the restaurant is split right into a bar that snakes round a small kitchen with low tables on both aspect. Crowds have already found it, and late one current night time, it was full of individuals tucking into bowls of noodles — although the vibe is extra “cozy” than “uncomfortable.” With spring nonetheless a methods off, it’s more likely to keep that approach for some time.
Karakatta, 230 Thompson St., nr. W. third St.; 917-261-6297