Dish No. 5: Shio Ramen at Tabata
Lauren Shockey Noodley goodness
Save for the Best Things to Eat in Penn Station, not a lot of tasty grub can be found in the 30s on the Far West Side. So we were excited when we chanced upon Tabata, a new ramen shop at 540 Ninth Avenue (212-290-7691). The menu offers a range of noodle soups, plus a selection of standard apps and entrées. We enjoyed all of the ramen we sampled there recently, though the shio, or salt-flavored one, sticks out for its pure simplicity.
The broth in this dish is made with chicken bones, unlike the pork-based broths you see at many other spots. Tender cubes of chicken, plus bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, and a showering of scallion completes the dish. It isn't as complicated or fancy as the other available ramens, but sometimes -- especially on those brisk evenings -- you just want a bowl of chicken noodle soup. This is that bowl.