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In the movie “Blade Runner,” a bounty hunter chases killer androids through narrow alleys lined by noodle soup counters and lantern-lit brickwork. The movie is set in 2019, which seems exactly right when you walk into Misuta Chow’s today. The restaurant and the movie both rooted their look in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, where crowds fill narrow passageways behind th…

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The land of Japan is 6,500 miles and an ocean away, but one common attribute its people share with Buffalonians is a love of drink, and I don’t mean tea. Here the corner tavern is a foundation of society. In Japan, the izakaya, or pub, is an everyday place for drinks. Its food helps keep drinkers drinking, and keeps them from seeking sustenance elsewhere. Thus it was ev…

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Generations of Americans have grown up believing “ramen” means instant noodle bricks, the cheapest factory-produced meal available at the supermarket, with all the flavor you would expect from a tinfoil packet of chemicals. Until recently, Buffalonians had to leave town to find the real Japanese deal, fresh noodles with the springy texture of handmade pasta, hidden in rich…

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The Elmwood Avenue Japanese soup restaurant famous for its elegant and heart-warming noodle-and-broth combinations finally opened its down-to-earth, peasant little brother on Main Street. Hello, “Sato Ramen.” Once the brown paper on the door was finally peeled off last week, students and neighbors filled window counter seats and tables. The wood paneling, a chalkboard me…

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As SATO prepares to open its second shop, a noodle-centric outpost in University Heights, its husband-and-wife co-owners Joshua and Satomi Smith are following their homemade ramen program with freshly made soba—Japanese buckwheat noodles. Soba specials have already debuted at the Elmwood location, and the Smiths are aiming to open SATO Ramen, 3268 Main St., by the end of A…

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The owners of Elmwood Japanese restaurant Sato are opening a ramen and noodle bar in University Heights. The space at 3268 Main St., formerly Kung Food, will offer Sato’s popular housemade ramen in a variety of styles. It also will feature soba, buckwheat noodles served either cold with dipping sauce, or hot in soup. “We just signed the lease, so we’re looking at probably…

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The owners of Elmwood Japanese restaurant Sato are opening a ramen and noodle bar in University Heights. The space at 3268 Main St., formerly Kung Food, will offer Sato’s popular housemade ramen in a variety of styles. It will also feature soba, buckwheat noodles served either cold with dipping sauce, or hot in soup. “We just signed the lease, so we’re looking at probably…

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For those who object to being told that summer is losing its warm grip on us, may we direct your attention to the Halloween candy displays in the supermarket that long ago supplanted the dusty back-to-school merchandise? Face it: Our longest, sunniest days are behind us. But rather than curse the polar vortex to come, Buffalo News critics look back on the best that the su…

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If you're familiar with ramen only as six-for-a-dollar dried soup packets, you have my condolences. Ramen isn't just another bowl of noodle soup. It's a meal in itself. It's an art form. Its masters may use various long-simmered stocks, toppings and flourishes, but they all deserve places in the Albright-Knox of soup. On the night in February I went to review Sato (739 El…