126 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(Between Bedford & Berry)
Cuisine: Japanese, Ramen
Our Rating: ★★★★ Great
Cards: Cash only
Price: Average main course: $13.
Hours: Mon – Thu and Sun: (Lunch): 12 pm – 4 pm (Dinner): 5 pm – 11 pm
Fri and Sat (Lunch): 12 pm – 4 pm (Dinner): 5 pm – 12 am
Booze: Beer & Wine Only
Subway: L Train to Bedford
Delivery: no take out or delivery
Village Voice says:
Ramen Yebisu is the brainchild of veteran Japanese chef Akira Hiratsuka, who grew up in the far-northern city of Sapporo. His background is reflected in this austere noodle shop in the Williamsburg tenderloin that offers a mercifully brief menu, including only four soups: shoyu (soy), miso, shio (salt), and – most expensive and the place’s signature offering – Yebisu ramen, which sports a large wad of shell-on seafood in the center of the bowl, and a northern-Japanese-style seafood broth. We prefer the simpler, cheaper bowls. All use a unique form of ramen that’s been fermented for 48 hours. Skip the single appetizer, a strange invented chicken salad flavored with mustard and truffle oil.
Time Out says:
New York City’s ramen craze has made anthropologists out of some local chefs, who continue to discover and re-create countless obscure variations on the Japanese noodle dish. The latest culinary artifact: abura soba, or “oil noodles,” a ramen served without soup and topped with an unctuous soy-based sauce. The dish is a house speciality at Ramen Yebisu, where it is tossed with roasted pork, scallions and soy sauce. You can also sample the namesake yebisu ramen (named for the Japanese god of fishing), which features a light seafood broth floating chunks of lobster and prawn.