Ichiran, Williamsburg, New York
The Facts
NAME: Ichiran
IT'S: A ramen restaurant

19-10-2016

OPENED: October 19th, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Japanese chain Ichiran
LOCATION: Williamsburg
ADDRESS: 386 Johnson Avenue, NY 11206
CLOSEST SUBWAY: Morgan Avenue
OPENING TIMES: Daily 11am-11pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: (718) 381-0491
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook

Ichiran

OPENED1037 DAYS AGO

Ichiran, a famous Japanese ramen chain known for serving only one kind of soup, is one of the best new places to eat in Williamsburg.

Ichiran has finally opened its first New York store after nearly a decade in the making. Ichiran has over 60 locations in Japan but has never managed to break into the U.S until now, where it’s finally arrived in East Williamsburg (there are rumored plans for a second in Manhattan next year).

Ichiran is well known for its noodle soup (a pork-bone-broth tonkotsu) but it is equally as well known for its service “system” through which the soup itself is served. In Japan, customers of Ichiran buy a meal ticket a vending machine, a flashing seating chart will show them where an available seat is where they will seat themselves down at individual “flavor concentration booths.”

In Brooklyn, however, there’s no vending machine, but there are individual booths for customers to seat themselves at. Diners fill out a menu, customizing the richness of your broth, and call a server from a button provided. Once the server (whose face you cannot see due to the booth designed only to reveal his or hers torso) retrieves your form, they shortly deliver the ramen and pull down a shade leaving you alone with your meal.

The aim of Ichiran’s “individual” dining experience is to strip the meal of all other distractions and enhance the senses to appreciate every aspect of the ramen-eating experience. For those that do fancy some conversation with their noodles, there is customary group seating offered in half of the space at the Brooklyn location, too.

Each booth is equipped with a System Guide, an order former and a polite notice to patrons to “please be quiet and silence your phones.”

For more of the latest Japanese restaurant openings, check out Nare Sushi and Tsuru Ton Tan.

Photo Credit: Rebecca Fondren

The Facts
NAME: Ichiran
IT'S: A ramen restaurant

19-10-2016

OPENED: October 19th, 2016
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Japanese chain Ichiran
LOCATION: Williamsburg
ADDRESS: 386 Johnson Avenue, NY 11206
CLOSEST SUBWAY: Morgan Avenue
OPENING TIMES: Daily 11am-11pm
WEBSITE: Visit Site
CONTACT: (718) 381-0491
FACEBOOK: Visit Facebook

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