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Inside LEYE’s Third Ramen-san, Bringing Miso Matzo Ball Ramen to Streeterville Today

East of Michigan Avenue gets some popular Japanese spicy noodle soups and more

Ramen-san’s new miso matzo ball ramen
Christina Slaton

Steaming bowls of heartwarming spicy Japanese noodle soup, lobster dumplings, and frosty mugs of Asahi beer arrive in Streeterville today. Lettuce Entertain You opened the third Ramen-san location — its growing wing of ramen-focused restaurants — this time to serve medical professionals and other diners east of Michigan Avenue on the southwest corner of Huron and Saint Clair streets.

The restaurant, on the ground floor of a building shared with Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Arkes Pavilion, offers eaters a selection of menu standbys from the previous locations as well as some new dishes. Additions include an intriguing miso matzo ball ramen — a mashup of Japanese fish ball soup and Jewish matzo ball soup — as well as lobster dumplings and karaage chicken nuggets. Drinks include Asahi on tap, cocktails, and Japanese whiskeys.

The space is similar to the other locations, made up of minimalist wood lining the walls, bar, and stool-affixed tables. Windows make up the majority of two sides of the space, which should provide decent light and street views. ‘90s hip hop is again the musical soundtrack.

Lettuce Entertain You joined the wave of ramen restaurants by opening the first location in River North in spring 2014. Chicago’s largest restaurant group doubled down on ramen by opening a Fulton Market/West Loop spot this past spring. Today marks the triple down, which joins a neighborhood that’s saturated with more condos and hospitals than quality restaurants. Take a look around the space below.

Ramen-san Streeterville, 165 E. Huron Street, open 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Sunday.

A plethora of windows give diners downtown views
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A straight-ahead look at the space
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First look at the bar, to the left
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A closer look at the bar
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Action figures live with the Japanese booze
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The corner seats should be popular
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The view opposite the bar
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Wooden booths line the walls
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No need to get up for condiments or utensils
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The new lobster dumplings
Christina Slaton

Ramen-san

219 North Green Street, , IL 60607 (773) 645-0085 Visit Website

RAMEN-SAN

59 West Hubbard Street, , IL 60654 (312) 377-9950 Visit Website

Ramen-san West Loop

219 North Green Street, Chicago, IL 60607 (773) 645-0085 Visit Website

Ramen-san Streeterville

165 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 676-4075 Visit Website

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