Yuji Ramen Is Raising Money on Kickstarter for Its New Noodle Project

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How about that mazemen? Photo: Jakob N. Layman/Time Out New York

Yuji Haraguchi, the founder of the Smorgasburg mazemen vendor Yuji Ramen, is looking to spin the concept of omakase in conjunction with his noodle menu and open a permanent ramenya that will serve an ever-changing roster of seasonal ramen — think bowlfuls of spicy tuna mazemen, for example, or cool, kinky noodles topped with shucked summer corn and warm bacon. Haraguchi's just debuted a Kickstarter campaign, Diner's Journal reports, designed to help turn Yuji Ramen's upcoming guest stint at the Bowery location of Whole Foods into a full-fledged test-run for the brick-and-mortar shop. Those who pledge to help fund the ramen omakase are eligible for special preview dinners. Other incentives include a ramen and sashimi party at your home. [Kickstarter via Diner's Journal/NYT, Earlier]