Uncle opens every evening except Sunday at 5:00 p.m. sharp. And every day, there is a line to get in. A typical Saturday night is pictured here, and though it was raining, the crowd continued to form.
Hosts greet the guests with a smile and fill as many spaces as their staff can comfortably accommodate. Bar seats — first come, first served — vanish quickly. And within 30 minutes, the restaurant is full and buzzing.
Chefs churn out bountiful bowls of steaming ramen, orders of bao buns and occasional small plates. Bar top guests catch glimpses of the cooking in action, and the kitchen team often pauses to ask how a meal is tasting and if they tried anything new.
Servers dance around the floor and corners of the kitchen as if it were choreographed — measured and practiced.
Uncle’s best seller is the spicy chicken ramen and a server will almost always recommend a bun to go with it. Don’t stress if you can’t finish the massive portion, the noodle soups carry out well and make for a great lunch the next day.
Uncle is open every day but Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Just be sure to get your place in line early.