45 Lorimer Street
When the weather gets this cold there are few things as lovely as a bowl of hot something, be it chili or ramen. And for those whose hearts skip a beat at the sound of slurping noodles, good news! Williamsburg’s newest restaurant, Suzume, is here to help.
A tiny 30-odd-seater right off the Lorimer G/L stop, Suzume (sparrow in Japanese) opened last week and is already filling up quick. The restaurant boasts a good pedigree; the owners also run Maggie Brown and The Emerson and include Momofuku vet Michael Briones.
The menu itself is tastefully basic with a few sustainable sushi options ($5 for a piece of sushi, $7.50 for three pieces of sashimi, rolls between $7-9), a couple of small plates (the $6 roasted potatoes with spicy mayo are lovely) and a handful of types of ramen priced between $10 and $13. And about that ramen! While the broths we tried weren’t as intense as you might find at say, Ippudo, they were incredibly tasty and perfect on a cold winter night (the salmon broth was just the right amount of fishy). And if you are a veggie or a pescetarian, don’t worry—there are ramens available for you too (though the vegetarian Charred Apple Noodle ramen is a cold one, our waitress warned).