Chuko, a ramen spot in Prospect Heights that opened in August 2011, is a hot place to be – no matter the season. Chefs and owners, Jamison Blankenship, David Koon and James Sato, of the meatpacking district's Morimoto, have traded glitz for simplicity, with a straightforward menu – bites and ramen – and not one piece of decoration in their "sauna-esque storefront." There's no alcohol to be had, but bars aplenty surround the restaurant, making it the perfect area for grabbing a pre-dinner drink while you wait for a table.
A crunchy, spicy, Brussels sprout salad is the ultimate palate pleaser before a steaming bowl of ramen. Fried in fish sauce and sprinkled with roasted peanuts, these crispy sprouts are a fiery wonder.
The Kale Salad is also a must-try before you turn to the main event: the ramen of course! Mix and match your broth, noodles and toppings, but take the sage advice of the waiters, who are as enthusiastic about the food as you will be by the time you finish your meal. And why shouldn’t they be? They’re serving some of the best ramen, most sophisticated and creative ramen in Brooklyn.