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Zen 6’s Akadama Champon

A collection of late night eats with my #1 boo Elias~

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MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 2014


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One cold winter night, Elias and I stumbled on Zen 6 after trudging miserably around East Village and encountering hour long waits at prime Japanese food spots. We just wanted some ramen!!!!!! Tucked between a residential building and a shuttered restaurant, Zen 6 was our [insert winter equivalent of “oasis in the desert.”] After starving for hours, we then proceeded to order a remarkable amount of food:

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Appetizer #1: Takoyaki

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Appetizer #2: Kara-age (original flavor)

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Appetizer #3: RAMEN BURGER!!!

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Shoyu Tonkatsu Ramen

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Post… dinner… apppetizer? Mini curry rice

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Three apps, two large bowls of ramen, a post-entree snack, and two beers later, we were STUFFED but super thrilled that we found such a great place. It’s a very small shop with friendly staff and a delicious menu. I love the casual atmosphere and the lowkey vibe which made it a great spot to just snack/drink and chat for a while. Food wise – I dream about their Akadama Champon (seafood ramen) which completely KO’s the version at our previous haunt – Jebon in St. Mark’s. The soup base for it is incredible! The kara-age was A+ crispy, the takoyaki were sizzling hot, and of course we had to try a ramen burger when we saw the promo card on our table. It’s no longer the “food trend” everyone’s talking about and to be honest – kind of messy – but it’s definitely worth a try if you haven’t already had one.

And as if we didn’t just eat we headed back over to St. Mark’s for dessert at T-Kettle where we finished off the night with bubble tea and warm sweet egg waffles 🍳

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FRIDAY, APRIL 03 2015


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A few months later, we caught up over Himalayan/Nepalese food at one of Elias’ favorite spots, Cafe Himalaya.

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A bowl of Thang (a savory broth with tofu, bean thread noodles, spinach) in the foreground, and Dal (lentil soup with shallot and cilantro) in the back.

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Sha Momo (pan-fried beef dumplings)

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Chasha Shamdey (Himalayan style chicken curry marinated in housemade yogurt & spices)

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Luksha Shamdey (Himalayan style lamb curry with potato)

So GOOD! Cafe Himalaya has quite an unassuming storefront, but the diners and lineup spilled into the street and that’s always a good sign! It was my first time having Himalayan food and if I had to sum it up, I would describe it as a mix of Thai and Indian flavor profiles and DELICIOUS. I’m not the biggest dumpling person in the world (I know… I’m Chinese wtf), but these had such a crispy skin coupled with the juiciest filling *^* The lamb curry was the BEST lamb curry I have ever had in my life – so tender and flavorful without any gameyness. It was not a good camera night so I somehow missed photos of my delicious glass of mango lassi and Elias’ amazing glass of salted lassi. My regret is that my stomach wasn’t doing too well for starters so I didn’t get a chance to try any of the more uniquely Himalayan dishes on the menu.

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Dream Bar topped with vanilla ice cream

We finished up the night chatting about life, love, and the works over drinks & cakes at Veselka. I’ve yet to have something savory at Veselka, but it kills me every time I see the meat combo platters under the dessert section because WHY NOT remember kids you can be anything you want to be.


Zen 6
328 East 6th St
New York, NY 10003
zen6ny.com
Cafe Himalaya
78 East 1st Street
New York, NY 10009
Veselka
144 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10003
veselka.com