Hapa Ramen

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A Sleek Ramen Shop with Polynesian-y Cocktails

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Picture a piping-hot bowl of ramen.

On top of it: some tender duck breast.

And the hands on the bowl in question: those look like the hands of Richie Nakano, the hands of pop-up ramen legend.

Safe to say we’re all okay with where this is going...

It’s going to Hapa Ramen, a bright, street-food-style spot for meaty noodle soups and Polynesian-inspired cocktails, opening Sunday. (Here’s the menu. And this? This is the slideshow.)

Some might call Richie one of the city’s ramen pioneers, really. Some might say that. So yeah, this place is a big deal. A big deal with high, cherry-red ceilings, walls that look like shoji screens and a sufficient quota of animal masks. It’s an important quota.

Friends. Dates. Bring them all. They’ve got a handsome bar pumping out pints of Hitachino Nest on tap, and Polynesian-y cocktails like the Big Island Buck—it’s got pineapple-infused rye, Angostura and ginger beer to get things started.

Then order some bourbon-glazed pork cheeks for everyone and then decide whether you want your homemade noodles topped with slow-cooked pork, fried chicken or duck confit. Might be tough to find a wrong answer.

But feel free to keep trying.

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