Midtown Lunch Flashback: Larmen Dosanko
If you work on Madison near 49th St., you may have noticed this sign on the side of one of the buildings:
I noticed it the other day when walking back from my lunch at Fusion Grills. Excitedly, I followed the big arrow to what I was hoping would be “The World’s Finest Noodle Shop”, but secretly I knew there was going to be nothing at the bottom of that arrow. If there was an amazing noodle shop named Larmen Dosanko on 49th & Madison, I probably would have heard of it by now.
For those of us who are new to eating Ramen in New York City, Larmen Dosanko was a Japanese chain of noodle shops that were very popular in the 80s. Apparently there was also one on 52nd & 5th, and one in Flushing (which it seems was the last one to close in the late 90s). For some nostalgic Dosanko reading, check out this Google thing or this chowhound post. (The google link has a New York Times article from 1981). If you have any old pictures of this place (or any Midtown Lunch related photos) feel free to post them on the newly created Flickr Midtown Lunch Group.