In America, ramen restaurants have begun popping up like flavorful enoki mushrooms in nearly every major city. But pay a visit to Japan, and you’ll find that the west remains in its ramen infancy. All across Japan, quick-service ramenyas ply lunchtime crowds with hot bowls of Chinese-style wheat noodles and tender pieces of pork floating in a meat- or seafood-based broth. Veterans of these eateries have a tip for newcomers: don't be shy about slurping your noodles—it cools them off and aerates the soup, which adds flavor.Read More
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Many eateries in Manhattan keep time with the Big Apple's nearly non-stop momentum, serving fast slices of fold-and-go pizza and giant, hand-held pretzels. But a step inside one of the city's Japanese kaiseki restaurants transports visitors to a very different New York. The pace slows to a methodical dance, highlighting as many as 15 fresh Japanese courses that shift seasonally, and are often plated with painstaking care. Short on time? Find the same tranquility at a tranquil teahouse in the East Village or a high-end wagash dessert shoppe in Midtown, both ideal spots to savor snacks and just a taste of zen-like serenity.Read More
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