Here at Untapped Cities, we love coffee…and we love ramen. But have you ever thought to combine coffee and ramen into one dish? Well, a Tokyo café known as Aroma (亞呂摩) has done it.
Ohanajaya is not exactly in the part of town where any tourist or local for that matter is apt to go. We learned of Aroma from a thread at a travel forum, and figured that coffee ramen needed to happen.
If you don’t speak Japanese, you’re in luck- consistent with many other restaurants in Japan, the challenge isn’t in ordering your dish, it’s in wondering how glasses of water can be that petite.
What do you think is most unappetizing about that photo of coffee ramen? If you guessed the container of parmesan cheese, we’re on the same page. Though, let’s give it the benefit of the doubt, after all, coffee ramen counts kamaboko (steamed fish cake), banana, salami, ice cream and eggs among its ingredients. The broth was coffee, and the noodles (which can be bought in packages at the restaurant), were also made of coffee. I thought it was at least edible, and at most, worthy of a trip report.
Broad City is a new and quirky show on Comedy Central that documents the lives of 20-somethings Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer who are living on their own in Brooklyn, making the most of their post-graduate lives. The show is filmed throughout the city, playing on stereotypes of neighborhoods as well as the personalities embodied by their residents. Check out this list of a few awesome locations from the first six episodes of Broad City. (more…)
Tucked away in a residential building in Greenwich Village, this gourmet eatery will make you reconsider everything you know about oatmeal. Opened in 2012, OatMeals is the world’s first oatmeal bar and serves 100% natural, whole grain steel cut oats. We’re not talking about a soggy, microwave-nuked morning snack—OatMeals takes its oats very seriously and uses highest quality ingredients. (more…)
Before the spring arrives (which we are all anticipating), there are still a few fun activities to enjoy while we wait. Namely, drinking plenty of tasty hot chocolate! So to get you through these last few weeks of winter, we’ve compiled a carefully curated list of the best hot cocoas to check out in the city. We had such a tough time “researching” for this, but hey, someone had to do it.
Owner Max Brenner got his start in Israel with his 10 retail shops that quickly grew into a chocolate empire and his Union Square establishment in 2006. Wanting his customers to experience his chocolate using all five senses, Max masked his restaurants in bright colors, menu items like Mexican spicy hot chocolate, chocolate chunk pizza and waffle fries dusted with chili and cocoa powder. (more…)
Last week, we served up a cozy collection of NYC tea rooms and boutiques. However, since these ten stores barely scratch the surface of New York’s tea scene, we’re offering up more selections based on user-submitted recommendations! Here are six additional tea rooms you don’t want to miss.
Conveniently located in three different neighborhoods across Manhattan, Alice’s Teacup is a tasty brunch destination and a favorite among kids. This Alice in Wonderland-themed café is renowned not only for its tea, but also for its variety of scones. Alice’s features an all-day menu, gift boxes, and custom cakes. The tea menu is helpful and descriptive, with details about flavor and origin. Alice’s can get quickly swamped with families, so definitely make a reservation if you plan on stopping by. Submitted by @audreyhawkins. (more…)
It’s easy to find awesome coffee shops in Manhattan and in Brooklyn. Tea shops, however, are a bit more obscure and difficult to stumble upon. We’ve rounded up some great tea rooms in New York that are ideal for either lounging, tasting, purchasing loose-leaf, or simply taking an afternoon teatime break. Not only are the teas stellar in these 10 shops, but they’re worth a trip for their atmosphere!
The West Village is filled with notable tea shops, most of them within a four-block radius of each other. At the heart of them all is Press Tea: your classic New York coffee-shop but with a tea emphasis. Unlike other tea rooms and storefronts, this is a great café for getting work done. Press Tea is sun-soaked and warm, thanks to the large windows, and there is ample seating, plus an inviting couch. If you’re not already intrigued, the intricate teapot display in the windows is sure to draw you inside. (more…)