Ramen in Harlem tastes good

29 May

Although I live uptown, I don’t usually write about local spots because most people think they’re too far. But the new Jin a few steps from my apartment left me beaming with Harlem pride. Yes, it’s at 125th Street, probably a schlep for you. But it’s right by the 1 train, so once you’re here, you’re there.

Small but not dive-y with its wooden walls and modern feel, Jin has bowls of ramen from $10. The place attracts students on dates without managing to feel like a Columbia hangout. But what really sold me is the option of vegetarian broth!! Most noodle bars only use pork and chicken stock, which tastes too strong for my quasi-vegetarian palate. The Shio Ramen was steamy and awesome with perfectly cooked noodles. I added Spicy Mayu paste to give it an extra kick. No apps this time but best picks seem to be Steamed Pork Bun and Kara-Ange (boneless fried chicken).

Don’t be afraid to go alone; the counter is made for solo dining. Watch the chefs in action: the head dude Mark is super accommodating and friendly, always looking up to greet repeat customers. Expect a wait during busy times (but only half as long as at Totto Ramen, Ippudo or Momofuku). Leave full, happy—and with your wallet intact.

And welcome to the neighborhood.

One Response to “Ramen in Harlem tastes good”

  1. Heather May 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm #

    I’ve been wanting to check out Jin, so I’m glad to hear it’s good–we need some ramen uptown!

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