“Jin” is the pronunciation of the Japanese character 仁. It means “benevolence” and finds its roots in Confucian ideals of kindness.
Jin consists of two elements: The left side represents a human being, while the right side represents the numeral two. These components of Jin are meant to represent the way two people should treat one another. Jin is our ramen bar’s name not only out of enthusiasm for ramen, but also from a desire to grow a business that has a positive impact on the community.
The idea for a ramen shop came to fruition when the partners—who have spent many years in the neighborhood—realized that there was a gaping hole in the market for a good bowl of ramen. In order to acquire a bowl of ramen, you used to have to travel down to the Upper East Side or Midtown. Now, ever since the rapid change and growth taking place in Morningside Heights’ culinary selection, people are traveling uptown rather than downtown to eat. It’s truly amazing.
Food is an essential part of our daily lives. It has the power to affect our moods and sway them in different directions. When you get that craving, when you know what you want, and then get exactly that—there’s a lasting impression that occurs when it hits the spot. That’s the experience we strive to bring to our guests. It brings us great joy and satisfaction when we are able to please not only those just in need of sustenance, but also those who respect food, the details, and work that go into creating it. It’s hard to find this respect for food sometimes, but that’s why we do what we do in Morningside Heights.
In the end, we just want to bring good food to the neighborhood. It’s as plain and simple as that. The majority of our customer base is comprised of students, and we are grateful and honored to have so much support from them and the community. They are a part of our livelihood and we hope to be a part of theirs.
The author is the director of Jin Ramen, at 125th Street and Broadway.
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