Kuro-Obi at Canal Street Market

Food courts are the perfect solution to quick, to-go lunch options for the office variety—and of course, a brand new food court just opened its doors to the Soho, Chinatown, and TriBeCa for all the working women and men! As the name suggests, Canal Street Market is situated right on Canal Street between Broadway and Lafayette, close to the office-heavy downtown neighborhood. But what’s even more newsworthy is the fact that Kuro-Obi, Ippudo’s sister ramen restaurant, is housed at this new hotspot (if you’ve read any of our past posts, you all know how we feel about Ippudo!). We were commissioned last year to draw up some illustrations and finally got the chance to try it IRL.

Launched with the concept of bringing “the precise craft of true Japanese ramen making into a take-away format,” Kuro-Obi cooks up a delicious “tori paitan”, a chicken based soup ramen that does not disappoint. Although served in a convenient to-go bowl with a plastic lid, the elements of what makes up great ramen are there: a thick, rich soup base, perfectly cooked thin noodles, and several slices of succulent char siu pork. We suggest taking an early lunch or going during off peak hours to avoid the crowds 🙂

Kuro-Obi at Canal Street Market
265 Canal St, New York, NY 10013