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Ramen Ramen Everywhere, and Not a Chair to Spare

opinionatedchef | Feb 7, 201410:39 PM

NEW Ramen Spots:

Eater(E) is reporting that a number of non-ramen local restnts are now doing 'Ramen Nights'. Can anyone remember when some previous 'hot dish' started to get widespread 'Special Night' treatment like this? Maybe in the early 20th c., Spaghetti w/ Meatballs crept into the American culture this way ?
East by Northeast will do Ramen Wednesdays; Sweet Cheeks will do Ramen Mondays; backbar has switched to doing it all night M and T, (and still just 4-6 PM the rest of the week.).
And then there's this from E, for those of us anxious to follow a Ken's Ramen connection:

< In other ramen news, several readers report that Ken's Ramen has soft-opened out in Providence. The owner is apparently a friend of the Ken from the shuttered Ken's Ramen in Allston, and the Providence spot is intended to be "a fusion of Totto ramen NYC x Tsujita LA x Ivan Ramen Tokyo x [the Allston] Ken's Ramen." >
(Can some afficionado translate this plse?!)

We ate ramen at backbar when they had just started doing it, but we both found it odd in flavors. I don't know if they're still fiddling with it or if they settled on a non-changing version>> has anyone had it lately?

I am super psyched about Philip Tang's offering; it will include ankemono butter!! Since learning about monkfish liver just a few yrs ago, it has become one of my fav sushi bar dishes, and Philip has done some neat things with it in the past.

Totto Ramen,
Sweet Cheeks Q
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