Local Business: Mu Ramen
Mu Ramen, which Joshua Smookler and his wife, Heidy He, started as a pop-up inside a Long Island City bagel shop in 2013, has since become a cult favorite among foodies with the opening of their brick and mortar shop three years ago. If you’re into ramen, this is a spot you have to check out.
New Yorkers have crossed boroughs and made the pilgrimage to try the Long Island City restaurant’s selection of dishes, like the Tebaski Gyoza, brioche deep-fried chicken wings stuffed with foie gras, and the Mu Ramen, an oxtail-and-bone-marrow-based soup with brisket, half sour pickle, menma, and cabbage.
The restaurant itself is very low–key with only a lantern hanging out front to mark its entrance. Inside the space, communal tables help create the relaxed atmosphere. Mu Ramen does not take reservations so be prepared for a wait by grabbing a sake or a Japanese craft brew at the bar. If you ask anyone if it’s worth the wait, they’ll tell you it definitely was in the end. Plus it’s only a 15 minute walk from Jackson Park LIC.
12-09 Jackson Avenue (47th Road) Long Island City