Noodles are one of the world’s longest foods, which is helpful when you need to fashion a lasso to wrangle even more noodles. Get tied up in oodles of flavor with this Groupon.
$24 for a three-course Japanese dinner for two (up to a $44 value) * One shared appetizer (up to a $9 value) * Two noodle entrees (up to a $30 value) * One shared dessert (a $5 value) * Click to see the menu.<p>
Meachel Phan Lee opened TAAN Noodles as an modern homage to traditional izakayas (sake bars) and ramen shops. Drawing from his experience as a veteran chef at trendy spots such as Sticky Rice and Toki Underground, he's found ways to infuse unexpected ingredients into the classic Japanese soup. One of his specialties is mustard greens prepared in a secret spice blend, which he puts in all six of his regular ramens. Other unique ingredients: fried mochi, which shows up in a vegan ramen with soy-milk broth, and pickled cucumbers, which add an acidic tang to the duck-confit ramen with scallions. Aside from what's regularly on the menu, he is known to create seasonal ramens, too, such as a cold version crowned with yellow-tail sashimi.
There are 11 different sakes on the drink list, with flavor notes that range from dry to semi-sweet. There are a few specialty cocktails as well, such as an old-fashionedish Dr. Sun Yat-sen, which comes with 12-year-aged Japanese whiskey, simple syrup, aromatic bitters, and a lab coat. If you prefer something a bit less strong, there are also craft beers—the Hitachino Red and White ales share cooler space with domestic bottles of Oskar Blues Old Chub and Otter Creek Imperial Stout.