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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.