But mostly, the ramen.
Well, the weather’s breaking, and you’ll need to start looking for something else.
Fortunately, that something is right upstairs from the ramen.
And with that, say konichiwa to Daikaya Izakaya, a new pop-culture-infused drinking-and-snacking den upstairs from the ramen shop of the same name, expected to open next week.
If you lived in Tokyo, you’d definitely take a date to a cozy, wood-paneled place like this. You’d probably be a regular. (Maybe your date would even be a regular, too.)
The walls: silk-screened with panels from Japanese comics. The seating options: hard to go wrong. You can grab mismatched walnut stools at the big bar, where you can gaze up through the skylight and choose from the dozens of shochu and Japanese whiskey bottles on the shelves. Or retreat to a booth, canopied in rope and decorated with Japanese concert posters, and order up one of their eight drafts, or a bottle of wine from their ever-changing, mostly off-menu stock.
Soon, the aromas of sake and miso will get to you. You’ll reach for a menu that includes Spicy Cod Roe Spaghetti, house-fermented vegetables and wasabi octopus.
It’s a dish with legs.