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Slurp Cozy Udon Noodles Before Supporting Experimental Musicians

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If you and your person are at that stage where you no longer need glowing candlelit lighting on every single date, consider going to Raku, a small, minimalist Japanese restaurant where potentially unattractive noodle-slurping is a requirement. Located in the East Village, the chefs at Raku are udon masters. Udon is a thicker, more wiggly noodle than you're probably used to, and the udon here is a little more al dente, which is the way it should be. The big bowls full of warming broth are only $9 — but that's why there's usually a wait here. Raku means comfort in Japanese, so get cozy with the Gyunan Udon with washugyu beef and Tokyo negi.

After your bowl of udon, check out The Stone, a not-for-profit experimental music performance space on Avenue C. What's cool about this place is that each week a different musician is responsible for curating the programs, and all of the nightly revenue goes directly to the musicians.

Raku

342 E 6th Street, Manhattan

The Stone

Avenue C & 2nd Street, Manhattan

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