We have to admit, it's not all that often that Washingtonians are jealous of Northern Virginians. But when it came to ramen, NOVA definitely had something going on that we wanted for ourselves: JINYA. After two years of patiently waiting, D.C. can breathe a sigh of relief as JINYA Ramen officially opens today at 11 a.m. The 4,000-square-foot full service, sit-down restaurant in Logan Circle will kick off its D.C. tenure with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a few giveaways -- the first 100 guests will receive a free bowl of ramen!
The LA-based chain has multiple locations across the country, but this will be the first in D.C. proper; JINYA opened a store in Mosaic District in June 2016. Though the menu is quite expansive, JINYA specializes in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, with a focus on flavorful broth; the food preparation process includes simmering the broth for over 12 hours.
“We’re so excited to bring JINYA to D.C. where diners have adventurous and sophisticated worldly palates,” said General Manager, Hoang Nguyen in a press release. “We, at JINYA, strive to move ramen beyond the tag of a ‘trend’, creating a permanent place for itself in the District.”
We got a chance to preview JINYA Ramen last week and we have to say, we were very impressed. With 13 varieties of ramen (and 25+ toppings to customize your bowl), snacks, tacos, salads, rice bowls, curries and small plates, the menu truly does have a little something for everyone. A sentence I never thought would come out my mouth? Order the spicy creamy vegan ramen! While both bowls I tried were totally slurp-worthy, I found the vegan option to be the most flavorful, with just the right kick. And while we are talking veggies, don't miss out on the caramelized cauliflower or the Brussels sprouts tempura.
JINYA, 1336 14th St. NW, open daily for lunch, dinner, and happy hour (Sunday-Thursday - 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday - 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.)