NYC: Kuu Ramen – A nice bowl in Financial District

Kuu ramen, New York

My jetlagged zombie walk took me down to Financial District, where I decided to try and find a place to eat. Not because I was hungry, but more as a preventive measure, so I wouldn’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night, when it was breakfast time in Denmark.

Financial District is quite a dead end, when it comes to nice places to eat. I usually end up at Eataly inside Westfield, but since I wasn’t very hungry, I was more open to adventure. Kuu Ramen looked cozy, and it seemed quite busy too, so without any better suggestions at hand, I went inside.

I was instantly greeted and shown to a bar-style table by the window. It’s always nice when that kind of seating is available, when you’re dining on your own, so you can look at the street life outside, while you’re eating.

The menu offered several kinds of ramen, including a couple of spicy ones that I was curious about. I asked one of the staff members which one she would recommend, and without hesitation she told me to get the Spicy Sapporo Miso.

It was a mix of chicken and pork broth, generously topped with ground chicken, corn, slices of pork and egg. Regarding the egg, it had been boiled some 30 seconds too long. I know this is nit-picking and that most people probably wouldn’t notice, but overcooked eggs are one of my pet-peeves. Sorry, can’t help it. Otherwise, it was a really nice bowl. The noodles were so perfectly bouncy that I wouldn’t be surprised if you tell me they’re made in-house. I don’t think they were though, as it wasn’t mentioned anywhere.

I could have wished for a little more heat, because the level of spiciness was far below my threshold. However, the broth was rich and flavorful and not as salty as I often find is the case, especially for chicken broth. You know how picky I am, when it comes to ramen. Especially spicy ramen, which nobody, except for Kikanbo in Tokyo, can seem to get right. Though overall, I think Kuu Ramen did a surprisingly good job, and if I ever find myself hungry in Financial District again (I think the chances are fairly big), then I’ll definitely keep Kuu ramen in mind.

Kuu Ramen,  20 John St, Financial District, New York

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