First Look at RameNesque, Peekskill


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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.TJN 0205 ramen

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.

RameNesque, Peekskill. 1008 Main St., 914-930-1788, Facebook: Ramenesque. Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday, closed Tuesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.



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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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