OK, first credentials, such as they are: I lived in and around NYC for 30 years and ate at some of the best Japanese Restos Manhattan has to offer (don't read expensive necessarily); also traveled to Tokyo extensively with similar experience. While Shibumi may not be 100% classical, the food is of top quality and taste, from the carrot/burdock root salad to the pork gyoza to the grilled eggplant. Having read so many reviews about the "bland" ramen, I have to say I totally disagree. Each ingredient in the pork ramen was well prepared and thought out to provide a rich and complex flavor. I can only surmise that either the quality is inconsistent (as I have only eaten there once), which I doubt given how good it was, or that other reviewers are not in the zen of the dish. It is subtle and requires well rewarded concentration to appreciate all of the effort and skill that has gone into the preparation. Contrary to other reviewers I thought the price was fair given the quality of the meal. I will be back!
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