Whatever else you might say about midtown, it offers no shortage of places to get ramen, perhaps the ultimate winter comfort food. Newly opened Lucky Cat Ramen features a ginormous lucky cat in the window, steaming bowls of noodles, and sweet-spicy edamame, along with other izakaya treats. (The owners also run beloved HinoMaru in Astoria.)
The nagoya ramen (top photo) mixes ground chicken, thin nooldles, and cilantro in a chili oil-inflected broth, while the lucky cat ramen offers pork slices in pork broth, a carnivore's delight. Few things feel as elemental as putting meat in liquid, and we're happy to welcome another such restaurant to the fray.