What does $13 get you? Boom salmon tataki ($5.95), pork gyoza ($4) and miso broiled rice cakes ($3) during happy hour. An extra $7.50 will buy you a sweet-ass cocktail.
Recommended? Does "my boom" mean "my current obsession?" (That's a "yes").
Official tasting notes: As the clever name suggests, Boom Noodle is known for their noodles. But I prefer their small plates, which there are more than a dozen of.
Last week, I diverged from my usual happy hour favorites -- the chilled sesame tofu with shitake mushrooms and boom edamame pure with sweet potato crisps -- and let my friend order. First up: boom salmon tataki with ponzu and shoestring veggies. The sea salt gave it a nice crunch.
We also split the pork gyoza. I know it doesn't look like much, but the dumplings are perfectly pan crisped and served with boom garlic sauce. I could have easily eaten the entire plate.
We also ordered the miso broiled rice cakes with 10 grain rice and caramelized miso sesame veggie slaw and creamy tofu sauce ($3).
If we would have stopped there, our bill would have totalled less than $13. But come on! A third of Boom Noodle is a bar, which serves some of the best cocktails around. Here's my friend, 35th Street Bistro chef, Tom Black sucking down a yuzu cooler ($7.50) made with absolut pear, triple sec and house made lemonade (I drank mine faster. I win!):
The energy of a packed Boom Noodle, with its communal tables and industrial-chic design, is palpable. It's hard not to like this place, even if you don't dig noodles.