Yuji Ramen is planning in Williamsburg. Haraguchi tells us the eatery will be called Okonomi, which means "as you like it" in Japanese and will open in July or August near Lorimer and North 8th Street.
The 400-square-foot space will be mostly occupied by the kitchen, Haraguchi says, and he plans to continue his reservation-only omakase-style ramen tastings in the evening, which might include dishes such as ramen-dough ravioli, or squind-ink ramen orechiette. In the morning, Haraguchi wants to introduce New York to traditional Japanese breakfast: A typical spread might include rice, miso soup, salmon rosettes, and pickles--and he's toying with the idea of offering breakfast by reservation. He may offer specials like Japanese pastries, as well.
This may not be the only brick-and-mortar location, either: Haraguchi hinted that he's in talks to secure a space where he could serve simple ramen dishes along the lines of the mazeman (brothless egg-based noodles) and shoyu ramen he's serving for lunch at his Whole Foods Bowery Smorgasburg pop-up. Speaking of that, great news: The pop-up's run has been extended through August 12. Additional seats for the sold-out evening tastings should drop next week.