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Experience


New York City's showcase ramen shop

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Experience


New York City's showcase ramen shop

 
 
 

... where ramen aficionados and novices alike come together to slurp, explore, learn, and dream.

From educational seminars and extended courses, to ramen tastings and private Essence events, we offer a variety of programs that help us all share our obsession for ramen!

Pop-up with Ichicoro Ramen opens Tuesday, May 12

 
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Introducing Ichicoro Ramen @ramenlab


Tampa Bay’s newest ramen concept heads to New York for a three-week showcase of Florida fusion ramen in preparation for its grand opening this summer. What to expect: Gulf shrimp, chasyu asado and grilled seasonal vegetables.

Starting May 12
5–10 p.m.
Tuesday–Saturday

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Introducing Ichicoro Ramen @ramenlab


Tampa Bay’s newest ramen concept heads to New York for a three-week showcase of Florida fusion ramen in preparation for its grand opening this summer. What to expect: Gulf shrimp, chasyu asado and grilled seasonal vegetables.

Starting May 12
5–10 p.m.
Tuesday–Saturday


Meet the Ichicoro Team

Noel Cruz

Seasoned New York restaurateur Noel Cruz cut his teeth working front-of-house at a number of Manhattan hot spots, including Drew Nieporant’s Tribeca Grill. A certified sommelier and graduate of New York’s Culinary Institute of America and French Culinary Institute, his cooking chops and management experience led him to open Tom Colicchio’s Craftbar in 2003. From there, Cruz consulted on a number of projects with renowned chefs, while working on concepts for his own establishment, Elettaria Restaurant. He split his time between New York and Florida, revamping menus, choosing wines and overseeing the openings of more than a dozen restaurants in a decade. Cruz’s next project will take him back to Tampa Bay to open Ichicoro Ramen, Seminole Heights’ first ramen shop, bringing the flair and flavors of the region to each bowl.

Masaru Takaku

Ever since he was a young boy, Masaru Takaku dreamt of showing the world Japanese culture through art, music or food. Raised in Meguro City, the epicenter of Tokyo ramen culture, he grew up eating ramen in all its regional variations. Though he considered a career in food service early on, it wasn’t until Takaku had left his job as a designer, traveled the world as a rock musician, then settled into New York’s culinary scene that he found his true calling in the kitchen. He trained as a sous chef at the bustling Yakitori Totto, serving up premium grilled skewers at perhaps the most highly regarded yakitori restaurant in Midtown. As head chef of Ichicoro Ramen, Takaku returns to his roots to create fresh new dishes from the familiar flavors of his youth.

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Elements


Visit the "showcase" of ramen restaurants
and learn all about the popular Japanese dish

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Elements


Visit the "showcase" of ramen restaurants
and learn all about the popular Japanese dish

The 5 Elements of ramen appeal to taste, aroma, texture, and aesthetic.
Different arrangements of the elements create different harmonies