1. It's finally opening on Valentine’s Day - sort of. Downstairs, the 40-seat ramen shop will be seating for dinner that night. But it will be a month or more before the second-floor, 90-seat izakaya opens for Tokyo-style eating, drinking and late-night carousing.
2. On the street level, slurpers will sit in wooden booths, communal tables and counter seats facing the gleaming open kitchen. The minimalist design uses interesting textures - raked plaster walls and staked graphite tiles - and light bulbs hanging from red wires, to achieve a hip vibe. NYC expats will be reminded of the set-up at trend-setting Momofuku Noodle Bar in the East Village.
3. There will be four kinds of ramen served: miso, shiso (salt), shoyu (soy) and vegan. Various toppings will be offered to balance the flavors in the bowl.
4. The noodles are crafted in Sapporo (a ramen hub) in Japan and aged before they are shipped.
5. The other menu items are fried rice and gyoza.
6. A Japanese beer and a single canned sake will be served in the ramen shop. An extensive list of beer, wine and Japanese-inspired cocktails will be poured upstairs.
705 Sixth St. NW; 202-589-1600