I happened to find Nishida Sho-Ten when I was walking in Midtown last winter. The design of the shop reminded me of a local noodle house in the neighbourhood where I grown up.
The shop’s website says “once you step inside Nishida Shoten, it feels like you’ve traveled in time to a whole different era! Bringing back a lot of memories for Japanese people, our retro ramen shop has been modeled in the style of a ramen shop from the Japanese Showa period, 50 years ago. Ramen was born in Japan, and furthermore, so was the Showa era.” Now in Japan, things from Showa era are popular, from food to fashion. In a sense, Nishida Sho-Ten is the most cutting-edge Japanese restaurant in NY.
Few month after, I finally made it. As I do in other ramen restaurant, I had a Miso ramen, but this time I had to debate as there were plenty different noodles that I had missed for a while. I will come back here to have a Hiyashi Chuka!
With the retro looking, I thought the restaurant had been doing business here for a while, but it has just started last year and they are currently offering 1 year Anniversassy Special until July 26. They offer their signature ramen Kuro Kakuni and Shiro Kakuni with only $8!
Price: Most ramen dishes are priced less than $15, toppings an additional $1-2, and appetizers less than $10
Dress code: Casual
Dining alone: No probrem