Ramen has never been the Brooklyn food scene’s strong point. Great pizza and comfort food, yes; great authentic Japanese ramen, not so much. Luckily for those in the Prospect Heights area, a pair of heavy hitters are coming to the neighborhood to open Chuko. The Brooklyn Paper reports that Jamison Blankenship and David Koon, former chef de cuisine and executive sous chef, respectively, of the world-famous Morimoto in Chelsea, are setting up shop on Vanderbilt Avenue. Chuko will serve $12 bowls of ramen, pork gyoza, baked pork buns, fried oysters and more. Why $12 for a bowl of soup?
We could use a cheap egg, and put out a $9 bowl, but we want the good egg, the heritage pork, the scallions from Japan,” said Blankenship. “Some people think nothing of spending $12 on a cocktail. Why not on a big, beautiful, filling bowl of ramen, that we’ve put our heart and soul into?”
Sounds worth it to us. While Zuzu Ramen in Park Slope is tasty enough, it doesn’t come close to the quality of Manhattan’s Ippudo or Hide-Chan. Hopefully Blankenship and Koon can put Brooklyn ramen on the map. Chuko will open sometime in late August.
552 Vanderbilt Ave nr. Dean Street, Prospect Heights