Ramen is one of those elusive dishes that can be hard to find and even harder to make yourself. So when you live outside of the East Village and don’t have three days to dedicate to cooking it, finding really a good ramen place is truly momentous.
RameNesque, which opened in Peekskill in October, is just that— a really good ramen place. No unnecessary frills, just an easy spot to cozy up for an impromptu lunch with a friend or a welcome alternative to Starbucks for working on a laptop.
“The restaurant and menu is very simple,” says executive chef and owner Nikki Lee. “I just wanted to give our customers the best quality possible.”
Lee makes four types of ramen: shoyu, vegetarian, tom yum and miso. Shoyu is made with traditional soy sauce and Lee says is the most popular because of the “clean flavor.” For the ramen novice, this is a good variety for getting your feet wet. We also like Tom Yum, made peppery from Thai spices and very exotic.
Although ramen is clearly the house specialty, you’d be remiss to leave without ordering a plate of Lee’s gyoza, either vegetable or pork. The dumplings are delicately fried on one side, so they’re light and crispy but not greasy.
And if you’re in no rush to leave, a second room in the back of RameNesque has newspapers and magazines to flip through and low, snug tables for sipping a cup of Nikki Lee’s gourmet espresso.