Nona Brooklyn has a piece previewing Chuko, a new ramen restaurant coming soon to Dean & Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights. It was scheduled to open July 1
, so should be opening its door any day now!
UPDATE: Chuko is now open for business!
Ramen fiends in Brooklyn have been salivating since word leaked a few months ago that Jamison Blankenship and David Koon, the Chef de Cuisine and Executive Sous Chef at Morimoto, were defecting from that famously sleek temple to the high art of Japanese cuisine to open Chuko, a restaurant on Vanderbilt Avenue in Prospect Heights dedicated to the simpler pleasures of ramen.
A well-crafted bowl of ramen may look deceptively simple, but aficionados know that good ramen requires true precision, discipline, execution and care. After honing their skills in the kitchen of a master and becoming consumed with a shared obsession with the traditional Japanese noodle soup, Blankenship and Koon find themselves just a few weeks away from adding their own steam to the city’s blossoming ramen renaissance.
We checked in with David Koon for an update as the duo puts the finishing touches on the space and the menu.
You guys are coming out of Morimoto – one of the highest-flying kitchens in the city. How and why did you decide to strike out on your own?
After working at that neck-breaking pace for 5 years, there comes a time when we wanted to do things our way and create an environment we wanted to work in. It’s the ultimate goal in our industry.
It has become our passion. It’s very soul satisfying.
We all live in Brooklyn, I was born and raised and it just seemed like the logical step. We also wanted to bring ramen into Brooklyn. We fell in love with Prospect Heights.
Read the complete article here.
NYT’s Grub Street also recently published a post on Chuko. Check it out here.