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If you're into tiny hidden unsigned restaurants, this will appeal to you!

Especially Ramen Lab in Nolita!

If the door to this miniscule ramen house is propped open, you'll likely walk right by it. The tiny lettering on the door is the only hint it's a public eatery. Miss it at your peril - this may be your only chance to sample noodles-and-broth from ramen chefs around the world. True to its name, it's a lab of sorts, where the owners recruit different pros every three weeks to experiment with new flavours and ingredients for the notoriously critical New York crowd. (Guests are asked to complete comment cards and chefs use the feedback to tweak their recipes.) Don't expect to get comfy and spend all night. It's a stand-up bar that seats - ahem, stands - 10 at a time. You'll want to slurp down your ramen - with a Japanese beer or glass of sake - in 15 minutes, before the next batch of noodle fans elbow you out.

Address: 70 Kenmare Street, New York 

Telephone: +1 646 613 7522

Website: www.ramen-lab.com

Price: Approx $20 for a bowl of ramen and an Orion Japanese rice lager beer

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