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271 Smith St., Brooklyn (Carroll Gardens)   map

30% off

Details: Available for brunch (Sat & Sun 11am-5pm) lunch (Thurs-Fri 12pm-5pm) or dinner (Mon-Thurs 5pm -11pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-12am, Sun 5pm-10pm); max. party: 4; minimum purchase of two appetizers per person or one entree per person; valid on dine-in, take out or delivery; not valid on happy hour, internal promotions, or any other discounts or promotions; restaurant does not take reservations; please note: restaurant does not accept American Express.

Special expires for VIP members at close of business day on: July 17, 2014   upgrade to VIP today!
Special expires at close of business day on: June 17, 2014

2 hours, 27 minutes
By Josh Bernstein
Brooklyn has become a ramen hotbed, and some of the borough’s most adventurous bowls can be found at Dassara in Carroll Gardens. You don’t come to this airy, brick-walled restaurant for noodles submerged in a soy-sauce broth. Instead, owners Justin DeSpirito, Josh Kaplan, and Lana Yang offer a seasonally shifting menu of madcap ramen and far out, Far East–influenced small plates. For starters, a rotating selection of steamed buns might encase anything from falafel to fried chicken, while tender rice cakes are bathed in shiso butter and dotted with nubs of Chinese sausage. On the noodle front, you’ll find a Szechuan-sesame version scattered with kimchi and smoked tofu, while the mushroom ramen is an umami bomb with a poached-egg depth charge. You’ll also find a signature deli ramen: chicken broth swimming with matzo balls and smoked meat from Mile End. We think your bubby would approve.

menu musts

Mushroom ramen
Deli ramen
Rice cakes
Steamed buns
view full menu here

... on the side

let’s make a deal
On Thursday and Friday, come by during lunch (noon to 3 PM) for a $15 special starring a bowl of noodles (mushroom, chicken, or Szechuan), a bun, and a PBR. You’ll also find the same deal during the weekday happy hour (5 to 7 PM).

the brunch bunch
Forget pancakes and eggs. Head to Dassara for what might just be the neighborhood’s most eclectic weekend brunch. The menu runs the gamut from smoked salmon mazemen to miso-praline bacon and noodles swimming in a bacon broth.

Medium—you can both bob your head to the Michael Jackson tunes and carry on a conversation with your friends.


Mon–Wed 5 PM–11 PM; Thu noon–11PM; Fri noon–midnight; Sat 11 AM–midnight; Sun 11 AM–10 PM

price range

$7 (Chinese broccoli) to $16 (duck confit ramen)

271 Smith St. (between Sackett St. and Degraw St.; subway: F, G to Carroll St. or Bergen St.), Brooklyn, NY 11231; 718-643-0781   map $

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