With a book like Takashi's Noodles under his belt, it makes sense to assume that chef Takashi Yagihashi knows his way around a noodle, whether its the Asian pan variety or Wisconsin-style mac & cheese. At this quick-serve restaurant, located on the 7th floor of Macy's, Yagihashi's ramen dishes (think extremely authentic Japanese, not the instant microwavable stuff) are the bedrock of the menu, particularly the braised pork with bamboo shoots and baby spinach. Other fan-favorites include the Shoyou Combo with potstickers. The heaping portions, flavorful broths, and affordable prices make Noodles an ideal lunch stop in the Loop—especially for shoppers.
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From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
This fifth-generation <em>unagi</em> shop sources the highest-quality varieties of eel available in Japan. Set menus vary in price according to the grade of eel, which is served steamed, grilled, dipped in sweet soy-based sauce and accompanied by rice and pickles.
We loved: (grilled served without the syrupy sauce).
Insider tip: The first-floor dining room of the old wooden house tends to be jammed, but there are private rooms upstairs.