When it’s 10 degrees and all you can possibly think about is sticking your face in the steam of a big bowl of soup, head to Pai Men Miyake for ramen. It’s the more casual sister restaurant of Miyake (a fancy Japanese restaurant in the city). We especially like the fatty paitan ramen - a mix of chicken and pork broth - and if you’re with a group, make sure to get some bao buns to start, and pick someone to investigate the chalk board with all the beer on tap written on it - these change all the time.
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