A stop for lunch, and a good time to go with the room only about a third filled. Eater reports that weekend dinner waits were at 2.5 hours. Quite ridiculous.
An attractive room, a bit poncy for a noodle joint. They are really on top of things, as someone not only opened the front door for me and led me into the interior, but I was greeted by boisterously loud shouting from entire staff. Made me jump a bit. A lot of bigger communal tables with three booths against one wall.
Menu is pretty short. There are some bits and nibbles, but the main offerings are 3 versions of ramen: the Shiromaru with a white pork broth, a variation of the Shiromaru (don't quite remember) and the Akamaru, which has a garlicky red broth. I got the lunch special, which comes with choice of ramen, a small side bowl of rice with either pork topping or cod roe topping, and a very small dish of pickled veggies.
The Shiromaru ramen certainly is unlike any of the other ramens I've had in NY. Toppings are quite bare: two slices of pork, a bit of cabbage, some woody stem-like vegetable and a bit of green onion. The waiter put a pepper grinder and a sesame seed grinder in front of me, so ok, might as well. The noodles are firm and toothsome, but thin, like vermicelli. Supposedly they make them in-house. They don't give you very much in the bowl, but you can order extra for $2. I recommend you do if ramen is all you're eating.
The broth, of course, is the kicker, milky with an intense pork flavor. And I mean intense... pork... flavor. Quite delicious, but talk about a salt bomb. I'm not particularly sensitive to salt, but I was reaching for water every other bite. Still, it does kick the asses of all the other ramen broths I've had in NY. Damn, that was porky. Drank every drop.
The rice thing was a little odd. A dab of cod roe with mayonnaise, shredded lettuce, nori on top of rice. Ehh.
Pickles -- it was 3 pieces of vegetables on a tiny tiny plate. [shrug]
Of course, now it's been 4 hours since, and I've been drinking water this whole time and I've got one of those weird headaches that comes from either 1) too much salt or 2) too much MSG. I'll get over it soon enough, but I will probably dream of pig tonight.
PS. Can someone grab those few posts from the Naruto Ramen thread and attach my post to it? Thanks.