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Nakamura, NYC

I’ve been talking about this place for weeks, but it wasn’t until yesterday I finally made it down to the Lower East Side to see my old pal Jack Nakamura who recently opened up his new ramen restaurant, the eponymous NAKAMURA…

It was wonderful to see Nakamura-san back in the kitchen and slinging bowls of his signature ramen in NYC again! And his ramen every bit as good as I expected it to be!!

This small 18-seat shop is homey and comfortable; it almost feels like you’ve walked into Jack’s living room…

The intentionally-limited menu features only four bowls of ramen and three side dishes so that Jack and his team can focus on what they do best.

I started with their crispy, think-skinned gyoza…

When you go and order these, ask for Jack’s special “sansho” hot sauce. Made with Japanese peppercorns, it’s offered to those “in the know” and is excellent!!

As it was my first time visiting, I had to go for Nakamura-san’s classic “torigara” ramen…

Thin wavy noodles in a clear chicken broth with traditional ramen toppings, including roast pork and scallions…

The amount of flavor in this deceptively simple, shoyu-based bowl is a testament to Nakamura-san’s skill!

While Jack plans to make his own noodles in the near future, the lovely strands he’s using now are custom-made by Sun Noodle…

Where the magic happens…

It was a packed house at Nakamura last night, and I could not be happier to see that New Yorkers are going to where the good stuff is.

Congratulations to you and your team, Jack!

You’ll be seeing me again soon. And often.

Nakamura does not have their liquor license yet, so it’s BYOB for now. They also use the app “No Wait” so there are no long lines out in the cold.

NAKAMURA

172 Delancey St.

NY, NY 10002

212-614-1810

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982/2000

JLPT: N1

School Grade: 6th (11 years old)

An earlier form of this character shows that it is a combination of 九 a person bending (not 九 nine, though it can be useful to remember it that way), 木 tree and 氵 water. Here 木 means a “shrub” or “plant.” Therefore, 染 depicts a person bending to soak a plant in water, a reference to “dyeing” using the indigo plant or something similar. This led to “dye” and “soak,” with the other meanings like “permeate” being extended meanings.

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