While it may not be strictly “authentic,” this spot’s respectful approach yields deeply flavored, deliciously hearty soup. Everything is scratch-cooked over hours and sometimes days, and the ingredients are locally sourced where possible. Enjoy martial arts movies on the projection screen, a deep menu of Asian and local beers, and tasty craft cocktails in this long, narrow, hipster-grunge space that was once an alley.
41 Lafayette St., Salem, 978-594-4197, kokeshirestaurant.com
Koto Grill & Sushi
Customers love the fiery Korean Beef Ramen: spicy pork bone broth topped with Korean kimchee, beef, egg, and vegetables at this rock-n-roll spot.
90 Washington St., Salem, 978-594-8681, kotogrillsushi.com