Ilan Hall’s upcoming vegan ramen concept at Grand Central Market now has a name, and it’s as punny as you might imagine: Ramen Hood.
The chef known for mashing up bacon and matzo balls isn’t afraid to get playful, which certainly seems to be the case with his forthcoming concept. A partnership with former Gorbals chef Rahul Khopkar, Ramen Hood looks to be an all-day blend of classic ramen styles and vegan sensibilities. It should also help to anchor the evening dining scene at GCM, which management there has been trying to focus on more and more.
Hall’s Ramen Hood should also be ready for its debut come mid-October, which is awfully soon and should coincide nicely with a cool-down in the weather. Right now the place is still wrapped up tight near Bruce Kalman’s upcoming pasta bar concept, but by next month that whole section of the market will be buzzing with new life.