Sure you can get ramen in Little Tokyo (and lots of it), but the whole point about living downtown — in a walkable city center — is being able to have convenient access to a variety of different foods and services nearby. If you live/work in the Financial District or South Park, there really isn’t a variety of Asian food outside sushi. For example, there’s hardly any Chinese, and a bowl of pho (Vietnamese) doesn’t exist. For someone who grew up in the SGV who’s used to eating all that variety of good authentic Asian food, it’s been the hardest part for me living downtown not having easy access to that. So that’s why I’m so excited that a new Japanese eatery called 3rd Generation brings delicious ramen (with my favorite hot yummy pork-based broth) to the Financial District. It doesn’t encompass everything Asian obviously, but it’s a good start for this part of downtown.
3rd Generation is a new concept by The M2K Group (Wokcano, EMC) that opened on Tuesday replacing Green Hut Cafe at the historic Barker Bros. Building on 7th Street near Flower. The menu is simple and focuses mainly on ramen, hand rolls, sushi, and of course a full line of sake. They do have rice bowls as well. The ramen currently comes in three different flavors including the classic Tonkotsu, soy, and miso. Everyone has their preference, but I personally love the thick, curly yellow noodles 3rd Generation uses for their ramen as opposed to the thin straight noodles some ramen houses have. And if you love hand rolls, and yes, even sushi, 3rd Generation will not disappoint with amazingly fresh ingredients.
3rd Generation is located at 818 W 7th Street in the heart of the Financial District in Downtown LA. It’s now open for lunch and dinner on the weekdays Monday through Friday and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Another added bonus: late hours are being tested. Weekend hours stay open until 2 am (Friday and Saturday nights only) while weeknights close at midnight (including Sundays).