Ani Ramen's fried chicken sandwich (Image: Ani Ramen)

The Japanese have a way with fried chicken. If you haven’t yet experienced the utterly greaseless, audibly crisp wonder that is karaage (better known in Japan as “furaidochikin”), you should make a point of stopping by Ani Ramen House in Brookfield Place for one of their chicken sandwiches, a roll piled high with boneless strips of the bird augmented by herbed cabbage slaw, yuzu aïoli, and — for added crunch — nori crisp. As a further inducement to visit, the restaurant is offering a “buy one get one free” on the sandwiches via DoorDash that begins today, Dec. 16, and runs through the end of the year. In addition, on Monday, Dec. 19, and Friday, Dec. 23, the sandwiches will be free to the first 20 guests who spend $20. Ani Ramen House, Hudson Eats at Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty Street, 862-337-8505.

Tea-Tinis for the Holiday

Madeleine Price has already touched on some of the more unusual cocktails being offered this holiday season to weary shoppers and merry makers. Here is one more tip to add to her list. Beginning today, Dec. 16, and running through Christmas Day, the quirky Korean restaurant 8282 on the Lower East Side will be featuring a tea-tini station. A selection of teas that includes burdock, buckwheat, chai, corn, matcha, and jasmine will be blended with vodka, tea-infused soju, tea syrup, and citrus bitters. Sounds improbable, yes, but as the old saying goes, don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. 8282, 84 Stanton Street (bet. Allen and Orchard Sts.), 929-837-0360.

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