Craving ramen? You're in luck: a new business has opened its doors in the neighborhood. Called Karazishi Botan, the fresh arrival is located at 255 Smith St. in Carroll Gardens.
Heading up the kitchen is Fumihiro "Foo" Kanegae, the former "Ramen Master" at Japanese chain Ippudo's NYC outposts. For his new restaurant, a cozy 18-seater, Kanegae has crafted a menu focused on three styes of ramen, which can be customized with such extras as bacon, falafel and poached egg. Check out the Ti Amo ramen, a chicken and oyster broth-based, mashed potato-topped ramen that was included in a recent roundup of top dishes by Eater New York.
Other items on the menu at Karazishi Botan include starters and small plates like bao filled with falafel and vegan mayo, fries tossed in sushi vinegar and seaweed, okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancakes), chicken wings and oxtail nikomi — a style of Japanese stew. To drink, there's sake, draft beer and more.
With a 4.5-star rating out of five reviews on Yelp so far, Karazishi Botan has been warmly received by patrons.
Ali C., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on Feb. 29, wrote, "Amazing depth of flavor."
Yelper William H. added, "Great place! Friendly service, great noodles and tasty broth. I liked the fries and pork bao, too!"
Interested? Karazishi Botan is open from noon–8 p.m. daily.
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