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Ramen Burger at Smorgasburg Is a Smash Hit

If you thought Cronuts — that’s a cross between a croissant and a doughnut from SoHo baker Dominique Ansel, if you’ve been living under a rock — were the hybrid food of the summer, please meet the ramen burger.

Ramen burger Shimamoto

(Photo: Keizo Shimamoto/

Does the name conjure up images of sloppy noodles over a hamburger patty? Think again. The buns are actually made with fresh Sun Noodles ramen noodles, formed into patties and then fried — this “bun” serves as the base for a burger with arugula, scallions and shoyu sauce.

The mastermind behind it is Keizo Shimamoto, who got his start as a ramen blogger, ended up on a whirlwind ramen tour of Japan and then began working in ramen restaurants.

The first ramen burgers were sold at Smorgasburg ( in Williamsburg earlier this month. Even though there were  only 100 available, lines stretched to hundreds of people, all hoping for a taste. A second showing just this weekend had the same result, with some hungry would-be patrons lining up even before Smorgasburg opened.

This all bodes well for Shimamoto, who’s intending to open a ramen burger brick-and-mortar shop in New York in the near future. If Smorgasburg is any indication, it’s going to be a smash hit.

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