A food stand serving ramen remixed with American breakfast flavors opens on Thursday, December 21 in Manhattan. Ramen by Ra, located inside Noho’s Bowery Market, will serve bowls of BEC, BLT, and gravlax ramen in a shoyu broth. Founder Rasheeda Purdie started the brand as a meal kit service in 2021, before transitioning it into pop-up mode. Before Ramen by Ra, she worked at Untitled at the Whitney Museum and under chef JJ Johnson, and before restaurants, she worked as a celebrity fashion stylist with a client list that included Beyoncé and Michelle Obama. This is the first permanent home for the ramen business, which is outfitted with a few counter seats, neighboring other Bowery Market newcomers like Christian Torres’s Sunday C&C, a Latin American vegan stand.
Via Carota cocktails at the Chelsea Market
On Thursday, December 21, and Friday, December 22, Via Carota is setting up a gift shop inside Chelsea Market, selling their line of bottled cocktails. Complementary glassware engraving and gift wrapping are available for last-minute holiday shoppers. Find them there from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days, across from the Li-Lac Chocolate stand.
This Ditmas Park wine bar is closing next month
King Mother, a lovely neighborhood wine bar in South Brooklyn, is closing down shop on January 14. “We are sad to announce that this holiday season will be our last ... after 4 incredible, intensely difficult, and deeply meaningful years,” the Instagram post states. The bar opened three months before COVID, and since then has pivoted several times including as a winter chalet. The post also announced that the bar is for sale in the hopes that someone new will carry the torch. In 2021, the bar was featured in a New York Times report about how COVID “helped a neighborhood rediscover its restaurants.”
A Yemeni coffee chain keeps growing
Since opening in Dearborn, Michigan back in 2017, Qahwah House has expanded across the country. In the last couple of years, the Yemeni coffee chain added several in New York with locations in Williamsburg and the West Village. Now, the first Queens outpost is slated to open in Astoria, at 2237 31st Street, near 23rd Avenue. Eater has reached out for more information.