Owned and operated by Shigefumi Kabashima and Tetsuo Hasegawa, ROKC (Ramen. Oysters. Kitchen. Cocktails.) is an unassuming sparsely-decorated subterranean gem of a neighborhood eatery. Located at: 3452 Broadway, New York, NY 10031 Harlem, is a few short blocks from the 145th ave subway station.
Highlights for our trip were the melty pork bun (a little different from the traditional style and oh so soft and tasty) and the happy hour $1.50 oysters and clams, served with a mignonette which had the most subtle hint of sesame. And the ramen, oh my God the ramen. The layers of flavor in the ramen make every dish truly unique and we ought to know as we tried them all.
The cocktails are crazy cool. They are, in fact, an art form and witnessing their creation is a little like watching a mad scientist at work. From drinks served inside peppers to libations inside light bulbs, they are nothing short of eye candy. Sadly, I just can't drink booze so I can't report on the flavor although a quick review of ROKC's press reveals some pretty heavy accolades for their boozie drinks. ROKC is kind of a big deal in the mixology world.
And ROKC is super purse friendly. In fact, the price point is so low, it'll make you check twice for a server omission. We will be back next time we are in Harlem.