Authentic Japanese cuisine is a treat many of us can appreciate. Thankfully, North Jersey now has its very own Tsujita — a ramen restaurant, originating in Tokyo that houses four different styles of ramen and is BYOB (need we say more). Located at 2034 Lemoine Ave in Fort Lee, Tsujita serves traditional Japanese dishes and unique homemade recipes and is set to debut a new sushi menu in mid-June. Read on to learn more about Tsujita + its mouthwatering menu.
All About Tsujita and Its Chef
Founded in 2003 in Tokyo and named after its founder Tsujita Takehiro, Tsujita started a single ramen shop and has since expanded to a global empire with locations in Japan, Los Angeles, and now New Jersey. Its first U.S. location opened in Los Angeles in 2011 and has maintained a loyal customer base, attracting lines of diners out the door every night for the past 10 years.
Tsujita NJ, located in Fort Lee, provides an authentic taste of Japan in the Garden State. The Japanese eatery uses fresh ingredients like chicken bones and pork bones and uses a pressure cooker to create traditional, housemade recipes.
Tada Masaru, chef at the New Jersey location, is a Japanese luxury hotel chef from Japan. Before working at Tsujita, he worked at a French restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel for 10 years and at Tonchin, a Manhattan Ramen restaurant.
Tsujita’s Popular Menu Items
Tsujita provides customers with an authentic Japanese taste and features four different styles of ramen — featuring the restaurant’s original tsukemen recipe that started it all. The broth is simmered for 15 hours daily to create the richness and umami that people have been enjoying for the last 17 years.
“It’s a delicacy, and there’s a special menu for the East Coast,” said Mia Lee. “Our exclusive chef researched this menu and completed our taste of Tonkotsu ramen for six months. It’s a representative menu that’s ambitiously prepared.”
Some of Tsujita’s most popular menu options include Fried Chicken Karaage (seasoned chicken thigh served with tartar sauce, pink himilaya salt, mango habanero, or Korean spicy sauce), and DX Tsukemen (signature soup served with green onion, chopped char siu, menma, thick noodles, char siu belly, ajitama egg, lime, and seaweed, Spicy takana on the side.), and Tonkatsu Ramen (thin noodles served in savory pork broth and topped with char siu shoulder, green onion, wood ear mushroom, or seaweed).
“Pork broth is a more classic type of Tonkotsu ramen that makes it taste better by brewing it thickly,” said Lee. “Compared to [other] ramen, the recipe is tricky, so it’s one of the delicacies that can’t be found in many ramen restaurants.”
Chef Tada Masaru also created a dessert menu specifically for Tsujita NJ. Diners can find kakigori (shaved ice made with milk on top of mascarpone cream) and homemade pudding on the menu.
Tsujita’s Sushi Menu Is Coming Soon
Tsujita will be debuting a new sushi menu at the Fort Lee location in mid-June, so be sure to follow Tsujita on Instagram for updates and other information. The new sushi menu is set to debut in mid-June and will include Japanese-style chirashi boxes and hand roll Maki.
While the current menu delivers delicious options like spicy ramen, rice bowls, salads, savory soups, and vegan options, diners can expect a new and exciting sushi menu specifically researched and developed by Chef Masaru.