This Ramen Restaurant Is Specifically Designed For People Who Hate People

December 30, 2016

If you’re the kind of person who prefers to eat out at a restaurant solo, it turns out, ironically, you’re not alone. In the US, reservations for solo diners have grown by 62 per cent, faster than any other party size, according to a national 2015 study from OpenTable.

That’s where Ichiran Ramen comes in. The newly-opened New York restaurant is talking the solo dining concept and running with it – by serving its customers in individual booths that are so impersonal, you won’t even see your server’s face.

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When it’s time to order, you simply fill out a form and deposit it to the floating torso in front of you. Then, when your food’s ready, it’s given to you wordlessly by a pair of floating hands. Need more water? Simply press a button.

Manabu Yoshitomi, Ichiran Ramen’s founder, came up with his restaurant’s famous concept when he was at high school. After seeing his female friends attempt to cover their mouths when eating ramen, Yoshitomi learned how their reluctance to be seen slurping noodles was a huge factor in them not visiting ramen shops.

Ichiran’s philosophy is built around the idea of blocking out distraction, fully focussing on your food, and entering a kind of ramen-y meditative state. Who knew noodles could be quite so soothing? Yoshitomi, that’s who.

So if you’re the kind of person who hates people, or you just really don’t like the idea of your crush seeing ramen juice dripping down your chin, you’re not alone. Although you are.