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New Neighbor: ROKI Le Izakaya

Japanese brasserie ROKI Le Izakaya opened its doors earlier this month in the Flatiron District at 12 West 21st Street. ROKI is a collaboration between restaurateur Keiko Ono Aoki and chef Koji Hagiwara. “We are delighted to be here in the Flatiron and to serve all of the residents and businesses in this area,” said Ms. Aoki. “It feels like the center of Manhattan and we are excited to bring delicious modern Japanese cuisine to our busy neighbors and Flatiron visitors.”

The name ROKI comes from Rocky Aoki, the founder of Benihana of Tokyo, who is Ms. Aoki’s late husband. Ramen was one of Rocky’s favorite foods and he predicted ramen would be Japan’s next big culinary export. In his memory, Ms. Aoki decided to start a restaurant that served ramen as the main dish.

ROKI’s specialty ramen is available in five different flavors and is cooked to order hot pot style. In addition to ramen, the restaurant’s wide-ranging menu includes Japanese small plates, canapes, salads, sushi, and sashimi.  

Diners can view Chef Hagiwara and his crew prepare their meals in ROKI’s open kitchen. Whether on a date or at a business meeting, ROKI offers the best of everything Japanese in a modern and sumptuous environment.

ROKI is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Current lunch hours are 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., and dinner hours are 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

ROKI Le Izakaya, 12 West 21st Street, between Sixth and Fifth Avenues, (646) 383-7654.

Image via ROKI Le Izakaya

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