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Feel Cultured and Civilized with Refined Ramen and a European Bistro-feeling Bar

  • Drinks
  • Food

Tonight proves that bigger isn’t necessarily better—and it all starts at Nakamura. Everything about this cozy noodle house is a far cry from your college microwavable ramen days—from its acclaimed head chef Shigetoshi Nakamura and unique ramen options (like chili granola and bamboo shoots) to the restaurant’s colorful layout and unpretentious atmosphere. When you step inside, you’ll be immediately taken by the brick and subway tile walls, turquoise hues, and, of course, the bold marquee sign set above the counter letting you know exactly where you are. This is casual dining with a refined palate. Aside from ramen, this is also a great spot for sake (hot or cold). And, though it’s all equally delicious, we’ll give the edge to Kikusui Funaguchi.

After dinner, double down on petite layouts at Windmill. This French bar is one of the most intimate spaces in the neighborhood and features a black and white palette that walks a fine line between sleek and rustic. A whitewashed brick wall, matte black Edison pendant lights, and the floor’s unique hexagonal tile and wood transition technique add to the romantic charm and vintage European bistro vibes. This cocktail bar feels like it’s ripe with history. (And, if you’re hungry, their bar snacks are top-notch. We'd like to give a special shout-out to their skewered soft shell crabs.)

Nakamura

 172 Delancey Street, Manhattan

Windmill

43 Clinton Street, Manhattan

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