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

How about that mazemen? Photo: YUJI Ramen/Facebook

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]