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.

Photo: Paul Wagtouicz Dish: U&I

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.

Photo: Paul Wagtouicz Dish: U&I

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

Sun-Thurs: 5PM-10PM
Fri-Sat: 5PM-11PM