Momofuku Noodle Bar 2.0 (in the Time Warner Center) still has a downtown feel, despite the fact that you have to take an escalator three floors up and there’s a J. Crew across the hall. You’re here for noodles, of course, but there are also interesting small plates, breads, and buns (like a black truffle soy egg bun special we liked). Don’t skip the cucumber salad, which has some of the best spicy sesame vinaigrette dressing we’ve ever had.
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We learned a lot of things from eating at Peacefood Cafe, mostly related to non-violence and how nachos are apparently good for you.
Jacobs Pickles is great if you need a spot for drinks or an Upper West Side dinner meetup with someone you know will embrace the heavy bar food. But it’s not a restaurant with traveling for.
Finally, the kind of restaurant the Upper West Side has long been starved for. The Ribbon has style and substance and does classic food right.
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Ivan Ramen is an extremely popular ramen spot from Japan, now in the Lower East Side.
Niche is a walk-in ramen spot on the Lower East Side that makes really good brothless ramen.
A tiny little ramen spot on the Lower East Side, serving up some very good soups that aren't as heavy as many others.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
Somehow, the Blue Ribbon brand’s new spot is just as excellent as its other outposts, despite being in a Midtown hotel. This place is, however, insanely expensive.
Kāwi is a restaurant in Hudson Yards from the Momofuku team that makes some really good Korean food.
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