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3rd Generation Brings Delicious Ramen to Downtown LA Financial District

3rd Generation opened this week bringing ramen, hand rolls, sushi, and sake to the Financial District

3rd Generation opened this week bringing ramen, hand rolls, sushi, and sake to the Financial District

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).

Tonkotsu ramen with chashu, marinated soft boiled egg, and bamboo shoots

Tonkotsu ramen with chashu, marinated soft boiled egg, and bamboo shoots

Love the thick, curly yellow noodles

Love the thick, curly yellow noodles

Hand rolls including spicy tuna, yellow fin, and scallops

Hand rolls including spicy tuna, yellow fin, and scallops

Tuna sashimi

Tuna sashimi

My sushi order included salmon roe (eggs), sweet shrimp, light seared salmon, and conch

My sushi order included salmon roe (eggs), sweet shrimp, light seared salmon, and conch

Uni sushi

Uni sushi

Seaweed salad as a side dish is recommended

Seaweed salad as a side dish is recommended

Raw octopus with wasabi is amazing

Raw octopus with wasabi is amazing

Sweet delicious sake

Sweet delicious sake

Sake galore

Sake galore

10 Comments

  1. Harold says

    Mr. Yen:
    I just wanted to thank you for the hard work you (and everyone who might contribute to this forum) do to shed light on all the great developments going on in DTLA. Although I left DTLA over 3 yrs ago (for work purposes) and did so kicking and screaming, I love reading about all the wonderful things that are taking place there. I long to one day return and once again be part of the fabric that is helping to raise what should, could and will one day again be a first rate CITY!

    Thanks again,
    HYM

  2. J. D. says

    You are very correct Brigham. I currently live in the Financial District and have been craving the exact same thing. I personally love Thai and there really aren’t options for that around here either. I will have to check out this ramen place soon as I see the pictures look absolutely mouth watering!

  3. J.D., re Thai food, have you tried Sticky Rice at Grand Central Market?

  4. bob devin jones says

    thank you BY… like you, i’m fairly certain i love DTLA, like new yorkers love NYC…

  5. For pho, Blossom, while not in SP or the FD, is easily within walking distance to those.

  6. Andrew W. says

    Ramen Champ, by the purveyor off Eggslut just opened in Chinatown and now this? Very happy with all the available options!

  7. Awesome! I’ll have to stop by and give their ramen a try. We normally walk up to Little Tokyo, but let’s be honest… That’s easily a 15 to 20 minute walk from South Park, so having good quality ramen closer definitely helps when you’re hungry :)

    The food looks great. Can’t wait to try it.

  8. Shabaz says

    I do hope this place is better than Wokcano or nameless other “corporatized” restaurant chains in the SoCal region. LA Live offers enough of that over-priced/under-whelming commercial fare people tend to mistaken for food. If its actually good, I’d expect the market will prevail and it will thrive — and I do hope it does. If not, good riddance!

  9. Jimmy James says

    There is a Thai place on 7th next to Bottega Louie that’s pretty good.

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