Combining three popular trends right now—high-quality ramen, immaculately presented cocktails and upscale Harlem spots—meet ROKC (Ramen, Oysters, Kitchen and Cocktails) from the fertile mind of Angel’s Share alum Shigefumi “Shige” Kabashimi. This unlikely semi-subterranean spot on upper Broadway is simply yet pleasingly appointed, a contrast to Shige’s theatrical cocktails that smoke or are presented in birds’ nests and conch shells. THE DRINK TO DRINK: So many wonderful options. The Flower is a delicate drink of shochu, lavender, cranberry juice and elderflower liqueur, served up in a lightbulb, of all things. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The tradition is to savor one of the four ramen bowls after you’ve finished drinking.
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