On most rainy days, I crave warmth and comfort. Rainy days mean sitting down with a hot bowl of noodles swimming in rich broth and topped with fresh veggies, with the sounds of soup slurps coinciding with the raindrops outside. In Washington DC, Daikaya is the answer to my rainy-day prayers.

A walk-in only ramen establishment located behind the Verizon Center in DC’s Gallery Place-Chinatown area, Daikaya is constantly craved by locals and out-of-towners who seek the perfect ramen bowl. For foodies craving bold spices and fresh veggies, the Spicy Miso Ramen (above) is the perfect blend of rich miso broth and crunchy bean sprouts (order extra pork belly, if you’re feeling especially hungry). Day or night, a trip to Daikaya is guaranteed to leave your stomach full, your soul warm, and your rainy-day cravings completely satisfied.

*Tips for Daikaya: 

  • Since the wait time for seating can range anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes long, cross the street to Penn Commons for some pre-ramen drinks and the NBA playoffs on one of the bar’s multiple television screens!
  • Try to grab seats at the bar, so that you can marvel at how your ramen is made and potentially work up your appetite for a second bowl of ramen.

Daikaya | 705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001