As Fall approaches, it’s still warm enough to have a socially distant outdoor picnic in New York City, but cool enough to pack some ramen-to-go as your main dish (because why bring a basic sandwich when you can pack something yummier). If you’re picnicking uptown, I’d recommend a place like Riverside Park, where you can take in four miles of Hudson River scenic views that extend from 72nd to 158th street.
Before you find a spot on the green, head a little further uptown (or don’t and have your food delivered to you) to 181st street and take a short walk to Tampopo Ramen. It’s Washington Heights’ First Japanese Ramen restaurant and they’ve set the bar high. With so little ramen options in NYC’s Washington Heights area, this place by far has some of the best ramen uptown. The menu is packed with a flavorful punch that’s sure to give you something to talk about at your little picnic.
NYC COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
Due to COVID-19, there have been government mandated dine-in closures and curfews many restaurants, including Tampopo, has had to comply with. New York City Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that customers can start dining indoors at 25% capacity, come September 30th. Until then, you can pick up food and drinks to-go from Tampopo between 12:00 pm – 7:30 pm and can take advantage of delivery until 8:30 pm. So there is the option to keep sippin’ on that midday mimosa on the grass, while waiting for your delicious food to arrive!
Do you know a spot in New York City or anywhere else that has bomb ramen? Shout them out in the comments, I’m always looking to try new Ramen places in the states and beyond! When the world opens back up, I look forward to trying some in Japan!