Whether you dig the earth-friendly vibe or not, the ramen is to die for. The “plain” tantan ramen is anything but plain. The broth is made from peanuts and sesame and has a uniquely delicious nutty flavor as a result.

I took one sip and was immediately comforted: Chabuton doesn’t seem to be trying to imitate a meat-based broth at all, as I’d half expected, since this is a meat-centric restaurant. Instead, it has created an honest, decent vegetable soup as a base, almost ...

Chic and airy, with a floor-to-ceiling window, all-white furnishings and a lavish flower arrangement in one corner, it feels more like a quiet cafe-lounge than a noodle joint. There’s even a glass-topped miniature Zen rock garden running the length of the (all-white of course) ...

Eating at the Marunouchi Ozao branch of Belgian patisserie Debailleul is like falling in love. You can’t get the treat off your mind and the silly grin off your face.

Marumo styles itself as a Japanese “bowl cafe” serving Japanese “soul food.” It’s definitely a bowl cafe: The teishoku (lunch sets) include bibimbap, doria, donburi, om-rice — standard and simple. The bowls are big enough to wash a newborn baby in. Marumo also has ...

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