It’s not as if Williamsburg apartment residents were hurting for another good low- to mid-priced restaurant, but still…. one more fun, first-rate eatery is always a bonus in this or any other part of town. Especially if big bowls of ramen are involved. AND pristine sushi, presented with a twist. Which is precisely why we’ve been trying to get over to Suzume, with a short but appealing menu split about evenly between noodles and raw fish, ever since it first opened in January. Now, mission accomplished, ramen and rolls consumed, I can finally say with certainty: Welcome to Williamsburg, Suzume. Hope you’ll kick back and stay awhile.
Suzume is Destined to Become a Regular Spot for Locals
Suzume is located on Lorimer, right near the L and G stop, and although it’s more of a neighborhood place than a true destination restaurant, the food here is good enough–and the vibe friendly and chill enough–to put on your list of regular area spots. Before or after a movie at the Williamsburg Cinemas? Yup. Date night? Perfect. Couple of buddies looking to slurp some noodles on the way home from the bar? Done. And all of the fish is sustainable, or “ocean friendly”, as the Suzume menu puts it, so no need to fret about that.
The Food at Suzume in Williamsburg is Mostly Good, and Not Too Expensive
I’ve only been to Suzume once, but my companion and I ordered a lot and I really enjoyed most of it. The Spicy Butter Wings, for example, were as-advertised: buttery and spicy, the bird’s skin cooked to a crisp, the meat juicy and plentiful. I loved these. Less successful were the sushi rolls, one a mackerel/pickled-ginger/sesame seed combo, the other a crunchy-spicy-tuna/potato number. Even though the fish was clean and bright, and the balance among ingredients fine, in both cases the sum was less than the parts. Much better was the signature Suzume Ramen, with a deep porky broth, firm noodles, and a big slab of belly meat. Also good was the Roasted Salmon Ramen, with its spicy miso broth and tangle of wakame seaweed.
Suzume is located on the corner of Lorimer and Devoe Streets and is open every night from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight. Note: Suzume is cash only. You can check out the complete Suzume menu here.