Carroll Gardens debuts yet another foodie gem. Located on Smith Street, Dassara Ramen specializes in serving up the staple Asian-influenced dish with a Brooklyn twist.
By taking New York ritualistic combined with forward-thinking concepts and applying them to Japan’s sense of playfulness with food, owner, Josh Kaplan and Chef Marc Giroux have conjured up a ramen menu including items like the Dassara’s Deli Ramen that’s made with chicken broth, matzo balls, Canadian-style smoked meat and poached egg. The deli version of the noodle soup is by far one of Dassara’s best sellers but other takes that have gained slurping traction too are the mushroom ramen and the white clam mazemen which combines Manila clams, parsley, oil cured chilis and scallion pancakes. Even the chicken ramen that you’d suspect would be less adventurous mixes together chicken broth with braised pork belly, rainbow chard and poached egg.
And, this ramen shop certainly isn’t your standard hole-in-the-wall with a mere subpar wine list. Dassara knows the name of the drinking game so aptly they offer a stellar cocktail menu made for sipping with your soup.
The Hyogo Cucumber Gin drink provides a refreshing counter to ramen spicing things up with it’s combo of Sake, gin, cilantro and cucumber while the Kuromatsu Grapefruit Spritzer appeals to the sweeter side of the spectrum by mixing sake with chartreuse, grapefruit and Lillet Rose. The Shriayui Ginger Fizz with sake, rye, shizo leaf and ginger is wildly exotic and the Plum Old Fashion is a welcome-rendition to the classic bracer by adding Japanese-friendly Plum wine and Peychauds bitters to the mix.
"In the same way our food is influenced by other cuisines and other dishes, [the cocktail menu] also has a unique spin on it. They’re all sake-based and they’re all based on classic cocktails," says Kaplan.
Currently open for dinner only, Dassara will soon begin serving brunch and offering seasonal menus to boot. For instance, a lamb ramen is in the works as well as a pork version and few that will certainly implement fall and winter friendly vegetables.
"The way we’ve approached it is going on the ethnic eclecticism of New York in general," says Kaplan.
Needless to say, Dassara Brooklyn Ramen is well-worth the trip over the bridge.