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« Reply #1 on: 05-01-2017, 03:52pm »
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One of N.J.'s busiest restaurants has opened a 2nd location, and it's a smash
By Vicki Hyman | NJ Advance Media for
on April 28, 2017 at 10:05 AM, updated April 28, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Montclair's immensely popular Ani Ramen House finally lives up to its name -- ani meaning big brother in Japanese -- with the opening of the long-awaited sister restaurant in Jersey City.

With a celebrity backer in legendary rap producer Just Blaze (he's known for his work with Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, and Kendrick Lamar, among many others), the Jersey City Ani Ramen, from Luck Sarabhayavanija and his wife Anne Fernando, opened Monday, and the narrow brick-walled space, lit with Edison bulbs and touches of neon, seems to be as instantly popular as its sibling. (And it doesn't take reservations, either.)

"Luck has done some great things with Ani in Montclair in a very short period of time and the location in Jersey City is in the perfect place to continue this run," Just Blaze, who is from Paterson and now lives in Hoboken, tells "Lots of foot traffic in a rapidly budding neighborhood along with the great vibe and ambiance we could collectively deliver made this a no-brainer."

Ramen is the humble but cultish synergy of chewy noodles in an umami-packed broth with fixings that may include braised pork belly or shoulder, chicken, mushrooms, bean sprouts, scallions, and ajitama, a marinated soft-boiled egg. David Chang is widely credited for popularizing ramen in America with the 2004 opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York City, but outside of Fort Lee, which has the highest percentage of Japanese-Americans in New Jersey, New Jersey had few ramen joints until Ani Ramen House opened in 2014 in Montclair.

At least eight other ramen restaurants have opened in the state in the last year -- Ramen Gami and the brand-new Ramen Fukorow in Newark; Fujiya Ramen in Montclair; Hakata Ramen in Livingston; Ramen Nagomi in New Brunswick; Genji Ramen in Princeton; and Edo Ramen in Princeton and Clifton, not to mention Jose Garces' Okatshe in Atlantic City, whose menu has a heavy ramen presence. Read more

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