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$$$$Perfect For:Casual Weeknight DinnerEating At The BarHappy Hour

Unlike basketball players attempting baseball careers and singer/songwriters trying out acting in Hallmark movies, Afuri manages to be excellent at a number of things. Their signature yuzu shio bowl is some of the best ramen in the city, but their menu also includes small plates, rolls, and sashimi - all of which we like a lot. Plus, they have vegan options like the Hazelnut Tantanmen, with a miso base flavored with the local nut, plus vegetables, and miso-cashew crumbles. It’s all served in a super modern and sleek space that’s just as great for a solo dinner at the bar as it is for a group of people who reject the premise that soups can’t be shared.

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