OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen, Williamsburg

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NEW YORK CITY | OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen is one restaurant that serves different purposes depending on the time you visit. Owner and head chef Yuji Haraguchi created this 12 seat restaurant to showcase two distinct things. By day it’s OKONOMI, and specialises in the Japanese set meal “Ichiju Sansai” and on weeknights it transforms into YUJI Ramen, which sells ramen obviously.

The small space embodies everything that’s good about Japanese dining, and walking inside instantly transports you to the kind of hole in the wall eateries you find in Tokyo. The minimalist space is full of wood and other natural material and exudes a sense of calm. The restaurant adheres to the philosophy of mottainai, which as about letting nothing go to waste.

The breakfast here is a thing of beauty, and for us is one of the best breakfasts in town. The Ichiju Sansai meal consists of a rice bowl, miso soup, a piece of cooked fish, and three small sides such as pickles, egg custard, and seasonal vegetables. The luscious, perfectly cooked optional onsen egg is a must – eating it stirred through the rice is a delight. Seafood is of the highest quality with a focus on underutilised locally line caught species. It’s purchased daily from local markets, and everything that’s not used at breakfast goes into the slowly simmering ramen broth that will be served that night.

Speaking of ramen, YUJI Ramen was conceived in an effort to introduce new variations of Japanese ramen to the United States. The specialty here is Haraguchi’s mazemen, a brothless style of ramen but there are several choices which blend traditional recipes, with new methods and ideas. In fact, the ramen here is so good that Haraguchi was invited to open a YUJI Ramen branch in the Ramen Museum in Shinyokohama, Japan in 2017. We recommend the Spicy Tuna mazamen which combines tuna confit, sesame oil, chili threads, and togarashi to great effect.

OKONOMI // YUJI Ramen

150 Ainslie Street
Brooklyn
New York 11211
United States

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Open
Mon – Fri: 9:00am to 3:00pm; 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat – Sun: 10:00am to 4:00pm

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