Pending a final inspection today, macrobiotic mini-chain Souen will open its latest outpost tomorrow, a 26-seater, with a design similar to Jewel Bakos (same architect) that will focus on all-natural, organic ramen. The menu will be small in addition to several appetizers including seitan dumplings and yuba (tofu skin), there will be a variety of soups prepared by one Chef Yoda, whose parents owned ramen shops back in Japan. Youll be able to chose your type of noodle (wheat or rice), broth (organic chicken or vegan/vegetarian), and base (kale; dried seaweed; seitan; or wok-fried and shredded burdock, carrots, and lotus roots in soy sauce). If you love the porky goodness of Ramen Setagaya, youll have to expand your horizons here the chicken broth is the only sign of meat on the menu. Bowls will range from $10.50 to $13.50 (cash only), and the hours will likely be from 5:30 p.m. till 11 p.m. on weekdays and noon till 1 a.m. on weekends. No booze at the moment. Well have photos for you soon.
Souen Organic Ramen, 326 E. 6th St.; 212-388-1155