This Chinatown Plaza Is Becoming A Food Lover's Hot Spot
Chinatown's Far East Plaza is racking up some excellent tenants these days, and the latest announcements includes a new ramen shop from Eggslut and a classy coffee cart. The Far East Plaza is already home to Roy Choi's Chego, Scoops Ice Cream, an upcoming restaurant from Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker, and the occasional cat cafe pop-up. But that's not all: Cognoscenti Coffee is moving in, and so is Ramen Champ.
Eggslut Ramen was supposed to find a home in the Grand Central Market, which is already overflowing with eateries and treats. However, chef Alvin Cailan has changed gears and is now calling the shop Ramen Champ. He told Eater that because of the condition of the second-floor space he's picked out, he should be able to open the shop before the end of the year.
Cailan also said that Ramen Champ will not be a fusion restaurant. They'll serve traditional ramen options like tonkotsu using noodles made in a South L.A. warehouse, plus a few vegan options using egg-free noodles and mushrooms. Ramen Champ will be open evenings only and will likely soft open within the a few weeks. GCM will still get a ramen shop of its own eventually.
There will also be a new place to get caffeinated soon. The Cognoscenti Coffee cart was formerly stationed inside Good Girl Dinette in Highland Park. However, owner Jack Banchakul announced that he'd be moving on from Highland Park via his Instagram. He told Eater that he felt like Chinatown needed a coffee renaissance. (Though Chimney Coffee isn't far.) According to another post on Banchakul's Instagram account, he'll be "soft-poppin'" at Scoops on Friday, November 21.
The Far East Plaza is located at 727 N Broadway, Chinatown.
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