About this project
Yuji Ramen was founded in the spring of 2012 as a pop-up restaurant in the back of a bar in Brooklyn. Since then, Yuji has worked to make ramen more culinarily creative and more accessible to the people in the US by innovating new styles of ramen and featuring fresh and local ingredients, especially seafood.
This spring we hope to hold the first-ever ramen omakase tastings in the US at a new pop-up location from mid-March through mid-May in Manhattan's East Village.
With your support we will invest in the equipment we need to realize the new styles of ramen we are envisioning for the spring. All contributions in excess of our funding goal will go towards the development of our first permanent location.
Risks and challenges
Sourcing local is never easy, especially with seafood, but our founder, Yuji Haraguchi has over 6 years experience working in seafood supply. At first, Yuji strived to import the highest quality seafood from Japan to the East Coast of the US, but Yuji soon fell in love with the many possibilities of locally sourcing American seafood. Yuji is always seeking new ways to highlight local seafood options and showcase the beauty available just off our own shores.
We have already invested a year in developing over 30 new preparations of ramen and building a strong fan-base in NYC. Now we are looking to take the leap from one bowl at a time to composing fulfilling, layered dining experiences.
Yuji has some very big dreams for ramen, though. In order to execute the details of his new styles, we need to acquire some modern culinary equipment prior to launching our omakase project. We're looking to invest in classic equipment like meat grinders and smokers, as well as more modern equipment like an immersion circulator, With the help of our kickstarter backers, we hope to get the funding we need to ensure that the next stage of our dreams can become edible reality for our fans and future fans.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Sadly, neither. Because the open kitchen in the Bowery WholeFoods is not covered by a liquor license. We will be serving non-alcoholic drinks for this omakase. But we believe that your experience at this Omakase will still be a lot of fun
Our primary goal of $3000 was to buy equipment to make this Ramen Omakase possible. Any excess amount will be used for development of a permanent location.Every backer now brings us that much closer to opening YUJI.
If two or more friends back the project at a ticketing tier, can we be sure to get a reservation on the same night?
We want our guests to enjoy the omakase experience as much as possible. We will make every effort to ensure that our kickstarter backers can make reservations together once ticketing has begun. Please note that we cannot book more than 6 guests per seating. For assistance with ticketing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, due to the limited nature of our Omakase menu, it is very difficult to accommodate special dietary needs. We ask that any backers who may have dietary restrictions please contact us in advance so that we can do our best to make the omakase experience as enjoyable as possible. However, we can only avoid special dietary restrictions by exempting items from our menu. Our menu will always feature seafood, including shellfish, and our ramen always contains wheat, and therefore gluten. It is highly likely that we will also use sesame oil, although this can often be exempted. Our menu may contain pork depending on the date, but we are happy to communicate with backers to schedule nights that do not feature any pork .
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