PLAN DATE: FRI / APR. 19
Ajisen is a great spot for those both new and incredibly familiar with ramen, making it a solid place for ra-boys to become ra-men (sorry not sorry!). The decor is simple as is the menu, which offers a few choices of ramen and a smattering of appetizers. They shine with very friendly service that’s quick without rushing and inspires you to ask for a recommendation. Your spicy lover might enjoy the Beef Sukiyaki, and the Tom Yum broth is great if your vibe is more tangy and creamy. The best part of their menu is their saki selection, which has not only traditional hot sake but fruit-flavored jelly sakes that come in colorful cans and are extremely drinkable.
Slide into anonymity at the new Chinatown speakeasy called Basement. Modeled after game bars in Hong Kong, this bar greets you in the subterranean space with dim lighting, minimalist chic tables, and plenty of games. Alongside beer pong and darts are electronic tables running all kinds of dice games so you can get way too competitive as the night goes on. Their cocktail menu is a bit pricey but unique, with cocktails like Layover in Hanoi made with Vietnamese coffee, the HK Milk Punch that is sure to please bubble tea enthusiasts, and the 5 Spiced Life. They also have a solid beer selection if that’s more your speed.
14 Mott Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Start with the pork buns for melt-in-your-mouth satisfaction.
45 Mott Street, Manhattan
idk tip: Head down the steps and open the Coca-Cola vending facade to enter.